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Yasmin contraceptive pill

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Yasmin is a combined contraceptive pill that can be 99% effective at preventing pregnancy if used correctly.

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Information on Yasmin

Yasmin contains drospirenone and ethinylestradiol which are two hormones that stop your ovaries from releasing an egg (a process known as ovulation). On top of this, Yasmin also makes it difficult for sperm to reach the egg by thickening the fluid in your cervix and thin the lining of the womb.

How to take Yasmin

The majority of women take Yasmin at the same time every day for 21 days, followed by a break of 7 days, after which they start a new strip at the same time that they started the first one. You can also take the pill for 21 days with a 4 day break.

Another option is taking the pill for 9 weeks straight and then have either a 4 or 7 day break. This is known as extended use or tricyling.

You can also take the pill every day with no break. You won’t have a withdrawal bleed but you might get some bleeding, this might reduce over time.

The final option is taking the pill everyday for at least 21 days, and if you get bleeding which is unacceptable you can have a break for 4 days. This is called flexible extended use.

Find out more about how to take the combined pill.

How effective is Yasmin?

Yasmin is 99% effective when taken as instructed. If you start taking Yasmin during the first 5 days of your period, you will be protected immediately against pregnancy. Provided you don’t have very short or irregular cycles.

If you first start using Yasmin any later than this, then you will need to use condoms for at least 7 days to ensure you are fully protected.

Other instances where you may not be fully protected is if you vomit or have severe diarrhoea. If this occurs, continue to take the pill but make sure you use a condom if you have sex to protect against pregnancy.

Do you need a prescription to purchase Yasmin?

Yes, Yasmin cannot be purchased over the counter as it requires a prescription. Never attempt to buy Yasmin online from a website that does not require a consultation with a qualified clinician.

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Yasmin frequently asked questions

  • Is Yasmin a combined hormone pill?

    Yes, Yasmin is what is known as a ‘combined hormone pill’, meaning it contains artificial versions of the two female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

  • Can you take Yasmin back-to-back?

    Yasmin can be taken back to back, but you must discuss how to take your pill with your GP to ensure it’s the right method for you.

  • What are the side effects of Yasmin?

    Not all women experience side effects. Those that do may report any of the following:

    • Mood swings
    • Headaches
    • Breast discomfort
    • Nausea (feeling sick)
    • Irregular bleeding

    Yasmin carries with it a slightly higher risk of blood clots than other pills. It’s important you read the patient information leaflet carefully before use.

  • Can smokers use Yasmin?

    Smokers under the age of 35 can be prescribed Yasmin. Smokers over the age of 35 will be advised to try a different method of contraception (e.g progestogen-only pill or contraceptive implant). All options should be discussed with your doctor.

  • Is it safe to use Yasmin whilst breastfeeding?

    Yasmin can be taken 6 weeks after birth and during breastfeeding.

References

www.sexwise.org.uk/contraception/combined-pill-coc