Yasmin is a form of birth control pill. The functioning agents in this treatment are synthetic hormones which reduce the chances of conception.
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Yasmin tablets only come in one dose, containing 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone, and are taken every day for the first 21 days of the user's menstrual cycle.
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Yasmin is a contraceptive treatment manufactured by Bayer. It is a monophasic pill containing artificial versions of two hormones which naturally occur in the female body, progesterone and oestrogen. These agents work by inhibiting the receptiveness of the reproductive system to fertilisation.
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Before explaining how these synthetic hormones work, it is important to understand how pregnancy starts in the body. Every month, the female reproductive system will go through phases where it is ready to be inseminated by the male sperm. Ovulation is the name given to the period where the ovary releases an egg into the womb. Once free, it is ready to be impregnated.
In cases where the sperm successfully penetrates and fertilises an egg, the egg then continues its journey to the uterus, where it implants on the endometrium. It then begins to develop into an embryo. Where the egg is not inseminated, it merely disintegrates once it has travelled to the uterus, and is excreted during the period along with the lining of the endometrium.
Progesterone manages the ripening and release of eggs, and levels of the hormone drop when ovulation is about to begin. Drospirenone, by emulating the function of this hormone, convinces the body that ovulation has finished, thereby resulting in the ovary not producing and releasing an egg. The synthetic hormone also increases the density of vaginal mucus, so that sperm are not as free to move around inside the womb.
Meanwhile, oestrogen is responsible for the shedding of the endometrium each month. Ethinylestradiol mimics this hormone, and causes the endometrium to remain thin and be less responsive to implantation.
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How to use Yasmin
Although no contraceptive medicine provides a flawless guarantee when it comes to preventing pregnancy, it is important to take your treatment correctly. Doing so will help to optimise its efficacy and reduce the risk of harmful side effects.
- Refer to the instructions to find out when you can start using Yasmin.
- Take one pill per day, at the same time each day.
- After 21 days, take seven days off.
- Start the process again from day 29, and so on.
- If you take more than you should or if you miss a dose, consult the patient information leaflet for guidance. If you are still not sure speak to your doctor or family planning nurse.
These directions are supplied as a guide only. Before using this pill, ensure you read the patient information leaflet fully.
Yasmin side effects
You should always familiarise yourself with the possible side effects a medicine may cause, so that you can seek treatment if they begin to occur.
Seek medical advice immediately if you experience any symptoms which might indicate a blood clot, heart attack, stroke, allergic reaction, breast or cervical cancer or liver disease. Details of these can be located in the patient information leaflet.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Depression, headaches, migraines, feeling sick, breast pain or tenderness, menstrual disorders, bleeding between periods, thick white vaginal discharge or yeast infection.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Breast enlargement, loss of libido, increase or decrease in blood pressure, being sick, diarrhoea, acne, skin irritation or retention of fluids.
Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):
Hearing problems, asthma or breast discharge.
The information provided here is not comprehensive. For a full list of side effects, please refer to the leaflet supplied with the product.
Taking it with other medicines
Your prescriber needs to know if you are currently using any other prescription medications, non-prescription medications or remedies, as some may make Yasmin unsuitable for you.
This drug may affect or be influenced by: treatments for epilepsy, HIV, TB, or high blood pressure; St John’s wort; antibiotics; or ciclosporin.
Conditions to look out for
You should not use this product if you have a history of: blood clots or any condition affecting blood clotting; heart attack or stroke; angina pectoris; transient ischaemic attack; severe diabetes with blood vessel damage; very high blood pressure; very high cholesterol or triglycerides; hyperhomocysteinaemia; migraine with aura; liver disease from which you have not fully recovered; kidney dysfunction; oestrogen-responsive cancer; or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
It may also not be suitable for you if you have or have ever had: a relative who has been diagnosed with breast cancer; disease of the liver or the gallbladder; diabetes; depression; Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis; haemolytic uraemic syndrome; sickle cell anaemia; hypertriglyceridaemia; Sydenham’s chorea; inflamed veins under the skin; varicose veins; epilepsy; systemic lupus erythematosus; porphyria; jaundice; pruritis; gestational herpes; or hereditary angioedema.
If any of the above apply to you, inform our prescriber when completing our medical survey.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take Yasmin.
Driving and machinery
Using Yasmin should not have an effect on your ability to drive or operate machines.
Contraception and cancer risks
The Yasmin patient information leaflet provides details on the pill and cancer risks. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your doctor.
If you are unable to tolerate certain sugars, you should speak to your doctor before you commence a course of Yasmin.
Q&A: our Yasmin discussion forum
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. Alcohol is not known to affect the function of Yasmin.
Will I still be able to drive?
Your judgement and motor skills should not be impaired, so you should still be able to drive while using Yasmin. However, do not drive if you experience any side effects which may make doing so dangerous, and seek medical attention right away.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
No. This product is not suitable for those who are pregnant or think they might be, and is strongly not advised for use during breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, let our doctor know when undergoing consultation, as they may prefer to recommend an alternative means of contraception.
How should I store it?
Always keep Yasmin in its original packaging and in an environment below 25 °C. Make sure it is kept out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
The ingredients of this pill are as follows: drospirenone, ethinylestradiol, lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K25, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), pregelatinised maize, starch, macrogol 6000, talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide yellow (E172). Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these substances.
Is it available over-the-counter?
As Yasmin is a prescription medicine, it is not available over the counter in the UK.
Is it right for me?
If you are not already using hormonal birth control, you should speak to your doctor or family planning nurse. They will be best equipped to help you select the right pill.
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