Yasmin

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Yasmin is a combined pill, with its active ingredients consisting of synthetic oestrogen and progesterone. This combination offers 99% protection against unplanned pregnancies.

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What is Yasmin?

Yasmin is a brand of the combined contraceptive pill which is taken by women to prevent pregnancy. It's made up of two hormones: ethinylestradiol and Drospirenone which are man-made versions of oestrogen and progesterone, natural female sex hormones. 

How does Yasmin work?

Yasmin works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month during ovulation. This prevents sperm from being able to fertilise an egg. The pill also causes the mucus around the entrance of the womb to thicken, making it difficult for sperm to enter and it interferes with the lining of the womb to make it thinner. This will prevent an egg from being able to attach to the wall should fertilisation occur. 

When does Yasmin start to work?

Yasmin will start to work right away if you start it at the beginning of your menstrual cycle. You should aim to begin Yasmin on the first day of your period but it can be taken up to the fifth day if you have a regular cycle. For women with shorter cycles it needs to be taken on days 1-3 of your period. You can start taking Yasmin at any time of the month however, but you'll need to wait for seven days before it starts to work if you take it after the fifth day of your cycle.

How effective is Yasmin?

If used correctly, Yasmin is over 99% effective. This relies on it being taken everyday and using additional contraceptive methods after experiencing sickness or while taking medications which stop the pill from working correctly. 

Can you use Yasmin for period delay?

Yasmin can be used to delay your period. Instead of having the usual pill free week, begin the next pack the day after you finish your last one. This means you won't have a period for another three weeks.

Yasmin for non-contraceptive purposes

Yasmin is primarily used to prevent pregnancy but it also provides relief for women who experience heavy, painful or irregular periods. The contraceptive pill is also sometimes given to help treat acne.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredients in Yasmin are 0.03mg of ethinylestradiol and 3mg of drospirenone.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredients are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K25, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 6000, talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide yellow (E172).

Dosage

Yasmin dosage

Each pill contains 30mg of ethinylestradiol and 3mg of drospirenone. One pill should be taken daily unless you have missed a pill. In this case a maximum of two can be taken during a 24 hour period. 

How to start Yasmin

It's recommended to start Yasmin on the first day of your period. This means you will be protected from pregnancy right away. You can start it up to the fifth day of your cycle unless you have a shorter cycle in which case you'll need to start Yasmin on days 1-3 of your period. 

How to take Yasmin

Yasmin should be taken at the same time each day. Choose a time which is convenient for you to take it to help you remember. Each strip of pills will have the days of the week printed on them. Start with the pill for the relevant day and then take them consecutively until you reach the end of the pack. Wait for seven days until you start your next one, this is also when you will have your period.

How to use Yasmin for period delay

To use Yasmin for period delay, simply skip the seven day break between packs. Start your next strip of pills the day after you finish your current one. This will delay your period for another three weeks. 

What should I do if I missed a pill?

If you only miss one pill then this won't affect your contraception. Take it as soon as possible and continue to take the rest of your pack on time. If you have missed more than one pill then take your most recent missed pill right away and take the next one as scheduled. If this means you are taking two at the same time this is fine. Keep taking the rest of your pills as normal and use additional contraception, such as condoms, for the next seven days. If you have had unprotected sex during this time, get to a pharmacy or sexual health clinic right away to get emergency contraception. This is also known as the morning after pill. The sooner you take it, the more effective it will be. 

What should I do if I took a pill too late?

If you take your pill later than usual this won't affect your contraception. You should try to take your pill around the same time each day otherwise it can be difficult to determine if you have missed one or not which can put you at risk of pregnancy. Setting an alarm or a daily reminder on your phone can help you to remember to take it on time.

Side Effects

Yasmin side effects

Yasmin, along with every type of the combined pill, can cause an increased risk of a blood clot. before prescribing you with Yasmin, your doctor will assess your medical history and current health to ensure it is suitable for you to take. The signs of a blood clot include a stabbing pain in the leg or chest, difficulty breathing, sudden migraine, numbness, disturbed vision or coughing up blood. Seek immediate attention if this happens. 

  • Possible side effects include: 
  • Nausea 
  • Headaches
  • Breakthrough bleeding 
  • Spotting 
  • Acne
  • Breast tenderness or pain
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Depression 
  • Loss of sex drive 
  • Vomiting 
  • Bloating 
  • Fluid retention 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Blood clots
  • Breast cancer 

Mild side effects will usually subside after the first couple of months. If they continue, see your GP as you may need to try a different pill. 

Contraindications

Do not take Yasmin if you: 

  • May be pregnant 
  • Are breastfeeding 
  • Have, or have previously experienced, a blood clot
  • Have a history of breast cancer 
  • Have ever experienced a heart attack or stroke 
  • Are over 35 and smoke 
  • Have very high blood pressure 
  • Have any conditions which can have an effect on blood clotting 
  • Have liver or gallbladder disease 
  • Have heart problems 
  • Have severe diabetes 
  • Get migraines with aura
  • Are obese 
  • Have porphyria 

Tell your doctor if: 

  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have high cholesterol 
  • You are over 35
  • You are overweight 
  • You are diabetic 
  • You have a family history of blood clots or heart disease 
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • You have Crohn's disease 
  • You have ulcerative colitis 
  • You have a history of migraines 
  • You use a wheelchair

Drug interactions

There are certain medications which stop Yasmin from working correctly. These include 

  • HIV treatments 
  • Hepatitis C treatments 
  • Epilepsy treatments 
  • Griseofulvin
  • Modafinil 
  • Rifabutin 
  • Rifampicin 
  • St John's wort

How to deal with the emotional side effects of Yasmin

Yasmin can cause mood imbalances and in some cases depression. Seeking additional emotional support can help to deal with this. Ensure you practice self care; getting enough rest, nutrition and time to relax. 

Yasmin and alcohol

Drinking alcohol does not interact with Yasmin. 

Treatment Options

Alternatives to Yasmin

Yasmin is one type of the combined contraceptive pill. It contains the same components as Dretine and Lucette which are two other brands of the pill. Other popular types are Microgynon, Ovranette, Cilest and Ridgevidon. All types of the pill which are available in the UK are stocked by Dr Felix. The mini pill provides a suitable alternative for women who cannot take the combined pill. Long term methods of contraception include the hormonal or copper coil and the implant or injection. Condoms are the only method of contraception which protect against sexually transmitted infections however. 

Yasmin vs the mini pill

Yasmin is a type of the combined pill which means it contains both oestrogen and progesterone hormones. The mini pill only contains progesterone and is also known as the progesterone only pill (POP.) Yasmin is not suitable for everyone. Women with certain health problems or who are smokers over the age of 35 cannot take the combined pill. The mini pill is a safe alternative, the lack of oestrogen meaning it causes less potential side effects and health risks. It is also a good option for women who are sensitive to oestrogen and experience unpleasant side effects with the combined pill. 

Switching contraceptive pill

Switching from one type of contraceptive pill to another is simple. In most cases you can just stop taking one and start the other right away. If you are changing to Yasmin from the mini pill then you may need to wait until the first day of your period to switch pills. Always check with your doctor or a pharmacist for advice as the instructions can vary depending on which type of pill you are taking. 

Q&A

If I have vomited, will Yasmin still work?

If you vomit less than two hours after taking Yasmin then it is unlikely to be effective as the hormones may not have had a chance to be absorbed by the body. If this happens, take another pill right away and continue with the rest of your pack as usual. Your cycle will be one day shorter than normal. If your sickness continues, then you won't be protected against pregnancy. You should use an additional method of contraception for seven days after you feel better.

When can I get pregnant after taking Yasmin?

Once you stop taking Yasmin it's possible to get pregnant right away. After you come off the pill, it usually takes a couple of months for your natural cycle to return to normal so some women may not get pregnant for several months. Fertility is different for everyone so if you are planning to start a family then it's recommended to visit a family planning clinic for advice.

Is it safe to take Yasmin for a long time?

Yasmin is safe to take long term provided you are in good health and have no underlying conditions which put you at risk of complications. It is not recommended for women over 35 who smoke. Your GP will regularly monitor your blood pressure while you are taking Yasmin to ensure the pill has not had an effect on your blood pressure.

When will my period start again after I stop taking Yasmin?

While you take Yasmin, you will still have a monthly bleed that resembles your period. This happens during your pill free week at the end of each pack. After you come off Yasmin, your natural menstrual cycle will return. It can take a couple of months for this to happen as your body adjusts to the change in hormone levels.

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