A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
Yasminelle is a form of oral contraceptive pill. This is a "combined" pill which uses the active ingredients dospirenone and ethinylestradiol to prevent pregnancy. Yasminelle is not suitable for use as a morning after pill.
What is Yasminelle?
Yasminelle is a combined contraceptive pill. This substance uses man-made versions of two hormones within the human body to reduce your risk of pregnancy following intercourse. The hormones in Yasminelle are ethinyl estradiol, and dospirenone. These are versions of the natural hormones, estrogen and progestogen.
Yasminelle is a relatively safe form of contraceptive that can protect women against pregnancy. However, this substance will not reduce your risk of any sexually transmitted diseases or infections. Other forms of contraception will need to be used to protect against STIs. Yasminelle works by stopping the egg from descending as part of your monthly cycle, reducing your risk of pregnancy. This drug can also make it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
Yasminelle is taken with a 7 day break each month. This means that you take your pill for 21 consecutive days, then stop taking the drug for 7 days, during which time you may have a bleed that's similar to a period.
When is Yasminelle used?
As a form of combined contraceptive, Yasminelle is typically offered to women who might be more likely to encounter side effects if they take progestogen only pills. Yasminelle is intended to prevent pregnancy and inhibit ovulation. The chance of an unplanned pregnancy with this medication is very low, however, you will need to stick to your medication routine religiously, and follow the guidelines given by your doctor.
Yasminelle is a low-dose combined pill, which means that it may be suitable for women who have hade side effects with pills that include a high level of estrogen. In some cases, this pill will be given to women who want to control their periods. For instance, your doctor might recommend using Yasminelle if you have particularly heavy or painful periods and you want to reduce your risk of spotting during the month.
You will be able to delay your period when taking Yasminelle by continuing to use the medication every day without a break. However, it's not advised to do this all of the time. Even if you continue using Yasminelle one month without a break, there's a chance that you might notice some breakthrough bleeding or spotting when you would usually have your gap.
How do you use Yasminelle?
Your doctor will give you advice on how exactly you should be using any medication to get the most out of it. The most important thing to remember with birth control pills like Yasminelle is that you will need to take them every day, at the same time each day, except for during your 7-day break.
Yasminelle comes in a blister pack of 21 tablets. Usually, the pills will have a day written on them, so you know when to take them. Do not crush or chew the pill before taking this medication. You can take these tablets with or without food or water as required, but you will need to consume the drug whole. It may be a good idea to set an alarm to remind you to take Yasminelle at the same time each day, as this will reduce your risk of side-effects, and unintentional pregnancy.
After you've taken 21 tablets, you will need to wait seven days before you begin using a new strip of Yasminelle. During this week, the hormone levels in your body will change, which means that you may experience some break-through bleeding similar to a usual period. If you forget to take a pill of Yasminelle at your scheduled time each day, it's important to take that pill immediately, when you remember, provided that you're less than 12 hours late.
If you're more than 12 hours late, you can take the missed pill as usual, but you may not be as protected against pregnancy. Using a barrier method of protection like condoms for the next 7 days will help to ensure that you are protected against pregnancy.
If you have less than 7 days left in your packet of Yasminelle when you forget to take a tablet, you can stop taking the pills from your current strip and go into your seven-day break period. Start the new strip of your pills on the eighth day. If you don't have any bleeding within this period, make sure you contact your doctor.
What dosages are available?
Yasminelle comes in blister packets of 21 pills per month. The standard dose for all women is usually 1 pill to be taken once a day at the same time each day. You will need to take a 7 day break between each packet of Yasminelle, but you will still be protected against pregnancy during this time, as long as you have taken your pills properly for the rest of the month.
If you have diarrhea or sickness when using Yasminelle, this may stop the substance from being absorbed properly into your blood stream. Ask your doctor if you're concerned that you may not be protected against pregnancy.
What are the side effects of Yasminelle?
The combined contraceptive pill, including brands like Yasminelle, can sometimes cause unwanted side effects. It's very rare for these side effects to be severe, but you can contact your doctor or pharmacist if you're concerned at any point when taking this medication.
The most common side effects associated with Yasminelle may disappear on their own as your body adjusts to the medication. These symptoms include:
- Weight gain or water retention
- Changes in your mood (depression, anxiety and irritability)
- Stomachache and gastrointestinal problems
- Spots or acne (this medication can also improve acne)
- Spotting between periods
- Headaches or migraines
- Painful periods
- Tender or swollen breasts
In some cases, Yasminelle may increase your chances of having a blood clot. It's important to seek emergency medical attention if you experience signs of deep vein thrombosis, such as hot pain, swelling in the leg, or changes in skin color. Contact a doctor if you notice:
- Sudden coughing, chest pain and breathlessness indicating a pulmonary embolism
- Dizziness or fainting spells
- Blurred or lost vision, indicating a retinal thrombosis
- Breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness, or nausea indicating a heart attack
- Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, loss of consciousness or other signs of a stroke.
When shouldn't you uses Yasminelle?
There are many different kinds of combined contraceptive pill available today. Yasminelle may not be the right option for you. Discuss your medical history and condition with your doctor in depth to ensure that this treatment is suitable for you. You should not take this pill if:
- You're allergic to the ingredients listed on the patient leaflet
- You are breastfeeding
- You're pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant
- You have a history of strokes or heart attacks
- You have ever had blood clots
- You have ever had liver disease
- You have ever had genital or breast cancer
- You have unexplained bleeding from the vagina
- You cannot tolerate lactose
- You have a history of blood clots in your family
- You have migraines with an aura symptom
- You have high levels of blood pressure
Taking Yasminelle increases your chances of getting a blood clot slightly. It is important not to take this medication without your doctor's approval if you are spending a lot of time in bed after a surgery or accident, as this increases your chances of side-effects.
Does Yasminelle interact with any other medications?
Many medications, including Yasminelle, can interact poorly with other products or substances that you are using to improve or manage your health. With that in mind, it's important to be honest with your doctor about any substances that you might be taking when you're also using Yasminelle. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about supplements, herbal medications, and over-the-counter drugs that you're using with Yasminelle.
Do not take Yasminelle with any other form of combined contraceptive pill, or any drugs that contain estrogen or progestogen without your doctor's approval. Do not begin taking any new medications or change the dose of an existing medication that you're using when you begin taking Yasminelle before checking with your doctor to ensure that the combination is safe first.
This medication may not work well with:
- Some drugs for epilepsy
- Medications for TB like rifampicin
- Medications for Hepatitis C or HIV
- Fungal infection medications
- Medications used to treat high blood pressure or arthritis
- Medications that contain ciclosporin
- St John's Wort
Where can you buy Yasminelle?
Yasminelle is available to purchase from many online and offline pharmacies in the EU. You can either purchase this medication at your own local pharmacy or ask us to have this substance ready for you to collect at a registered location in your name.
Can you get Yasminelle without a prescription?
Like many contraceptive pills, Yasminelle is not available without a prescription from a registered doctor. With prescription medications like this, we can arrange a consultation with a registered EU doctor on your behalf.
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