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About Yasmin Tablets
Yasmin is a popular contraceptive pill that is available to buy online from The Independent Pharmacy for women who have already been prescribed it by their doctor. Buying Yasmin online allows women to quickly and easily get repeat supplies of their pill when it may be otherwise inconvenient to do so.
If you have been prescribed Yasmin, repeat supplies can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy, following a simple medical questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order on the same working day – if they deem that Yasmin is suitable for you, your order will be with you as soon as the next working day.
What is Yasmin & what is it used for?
Yasmin is an oral contraceptive. When used correctly, it will provide over 99% protection against pregnancy. The two active ingredients, drospirenone and ethinylestradiol, prevent ovulation from occurring during the menstrual cycle.
There are 21 Yasmin pills in a pack. Once you have finished a pack, you will stop taking the pill for seven days. During this time you will have a normal bleed. Once seven days have passed, begin your next cycle of treatment.
How does Yasmin work?
Pregnancy occurs when an egg released from the ovaries is fertilised by sperm. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries release one egg each month – this is the process of ovulation. This process is controlled by the female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Yasmin contains two synthetic hormones, drospirenone and ethinylestradiol, which imitate these two natural hormones. They control the levels of each hormone in such a way that prevents an egg from being released. The Pill also makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus, by thickening the fluid that is in the cervix.
During a regular menstrual cycle, the endometrium (the wall of the uterus) builds up in preparation for a fertilised egg. Ethinylestradiol reduces the extent of this buildup, making it less likely that a fertilised egg will develop into an embryo. As a further result, periods become lighter.
Yasmin & acne
Some women who take Yasmin, who have previously struggled with acne or spots, have noticed an improvement in the appearance of their skin while taking this contraceptive pill. This is because the hormones in Yasmin help to control the production of oil by the skin, stopping the pores from becoming blocked.
Yasmin and weight gain
Like other contraceptive pills, it is often believed that Yasmin can cause you to gain weight. There is, however, no evidence that has highlighted that there is a certain link between hormonal contraception and weight gain.
Hormonal contraception can, however, affect people differently and if you are concerned about gaining weight or any other side effects whilst taking Yasmin you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.
Alternatives to Yasmin
Yasmin tablets are equivalent to the cheaper alternative, Lucette tablets, containing the same active ingredients. For more information regarding contraceptive options available from The Independent Pharmacy, including combined pills, progesterone-only pills and patches, why not take a look over on our Contraception Advice page.
Non-Medicinal Contraception Alternatives
- Female Condoms - Not only do they prevent pregnancy they also prevent STIs. There is currently only one brand available in the UK, called Femidom. Shown to be 95% effective.
- Male Condoms - Prevent pregnancy and also prevent STIs. Shown to be 98% effective.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Yasmin is unsuitable for you if you have:
- Ever had a blood clot in the leg or lungs
- A blood clotting disorder
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- Migraines with aura
- Impaired liver function
- A tumour in the liver
- Kidney failure
- Ever had cancer of the cervix, breast, vagina or uterus
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- An allergy to any of the ingredients of Yasmin
Yasmin is unsuitable for you if you have suffered from any of the following problems while pregnant:
- Pemphigoid gestationis (a rash involving blisters of the hands and feet)
You may be advised not to take Yasmin if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- A family history of breast cancer
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Haemolytic uraemic syndrome
- Heightened fat levels in the blood
- Sickle cell anaemia
- Varicose veins
- Inflammation of veins under the skin
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
Yasmin and cancer
Do not use Yasmin if you have breast cancer, or if you have had it before. Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives may slightly increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Once you have stopped using the Pill for at least 10 years, your risk levels will come back down. Women who are elderly and/or overweight are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Take care using Yasmin if a close relative has suffered from breast cancer before. Check your breasts and nipples regularly for any changes or lumps. If you notice anything abnormal, visit your doctor as soon as you can.
Yasmin may increase your chance of developing cervical cancer. For this reason, you should have regular smear tests while taking the Pill.
Yasmin and blood clots
You may be more susceptible to blood clots while taking Yasmin, especially during the first year of use. Talk to your GP before having any operation while taking the Pill. You may need to stop using Yasmin to avoid the increased risk of a blood clot in advance of the operation. You are also at a heightened risk of developing a blood clot if you:
- Are obese
- Have a family history of blood clots
- Do not exercise regularly
- Have had a miscarriage in the past
- Have recently given birth
Yasmin and other medicines
The following medicines may impact the effectiveness of Yasmin:
- Epilepsy medicines (e.g. phenytoin, barbiturates, carbamazepine
- Tuberculosis medicines (e.g. rifampicin)
- HIV medicines
- Hepatitis C medicines (e.g. telaprevir, boceprevir)
- Antifungal medicines (e.g. ketoconazole)
- Arthritis medicines (e.g. etoricoxib)
- St John’s Wort
Yasmin may impact the effectiveness of the following medicines:
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
How to take Yasmin
Yasmin can be prescribed for and taken by women over the age of 18 years old to protect them from pregnancy. Yasmin tablets are for oral use only and should be taken as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet.
Take 1 Yasmin tablet at the same time every day for 21 days. Take the first tablet from the top row that correlates with the correct day of the week and follow the directions of the arrows printed on the pack.
After 21 days, do not take any Yasmin tablets for 7 days. This is your pill-free week and you should expect to experience a “withdrawal bleed”. On day 8 start a new packet of Yasmin tablets.
If you have no used hormonal contraception in the past month
Take your first Yasmin tablet on day 1 of your period and you will be protected from becoming pregnant straight away.
You can also start taking Yasmin on days 2-5 of your period but you will need to use a barrier method of protection such as a condom for the next 7 days to protect you from getting pregnant.
If you are switching from a combined contraceptive pill
Take your first Yasmin tablet after the last active tablet of your previous pill. Do not have a pill-free 7 days. If you have previously been using a combined contraceptive patch or ring, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice on the best way to switch to Yasmin.
If you are changing from a progesterone-only pill, injection, implant or IUD
Take your first Yasmin pill on whatever day is convenient for you when switching from the pill. For the injection take your first tablet the day your next injection is due. For the implant and IUD take your first Yasmin tablet the day these are removed.
You will need to use a barrier method of protection such as a condom for the first 7 days to avoid getting pregnant.
If you are starting Lucette after having a baby
Take your first Yasmin tablet between days 21-28 after giving birth. If you start taking Yasmin after day 28 you will need to use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for the first 7 days.
You should not take Yasmin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should discuss your contraceptive options with your doctor.
Yasmin and missed pills
If you have forgotten to take your Yasmin tablet or have vomiting or diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking your pill but it is within 12 hours:
Take the late pill as soon as you remember or you feel well enough. You will still be protected against getting pregnant.
If you have forgotten to take your Yasmin tablet or have vomiting or diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking your pill and is over 12 hours late:
Take the missed pill as soon as you remember or you feel well enough. You will need to use an additional method of contraception such as a condom for the next 7 days.
The active ingredients contained in Yasmin are: Drospirenone, ethinylestradiol
Yasmin also contains the following inactive ingredients: Lactose monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K25, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 6000, talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide yellow (E172).
Yasmin side effects
There are some potential side effects of Yasmin that you should be aware of when taking any combined hormonal contraception.
The most common side effects experienced when taking Yasmin are:
- Tenderness breast, pain breast
- Irregular periods, spotting, bleeding between periods
- Low mood
- Headache and migraine
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
- Vaginal thrush
- Increased breast size
- Changes in blood pressure
- Hair loss
Side effects associated with Yasmin usually improve within the first 3 months. If they do not improve or you are concerned about any side effects please speak to a doctor.
If you experience any severe side effects or have an allergic reaction while using Yasmin you should seek medical advice from your nearest emergency department as soon as possible.
Before taking Yasmin please ensure you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.
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Yasmin is a popular birth control pill that also provides a number of additional health benefits which include:
- Shorter, more regular periods.
- Less painful periods.
- Fewer PMS symptoms.
- Low incidences of iron-deficient anaemia.
- Decreased risk of benign breast or ovarian cysts.
- Reduced risk of ectopic pregnancies.
- Lowered risk of certain cancers, such as ovarian and endometrial cancers.
- Some users of Yasmin birth control pills also reported decreased symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and acne.
Yasmin contains two active ingredients; Drospirenone and ethinylestradiol, which are synthetic forms of the hormones progesterone and oestrogen.
Yasmin birth control pills work in two ways:
- Yasmin birth control pills prevent ovulation. They trick your body into thinking it is already pregnant, and thus prevent an egg from being released.
- Yasmin causes the cervical mucus to become thicker making it more difficult for sperm to fertilize the egg.
Like other birth control pills, Yasmin may interact with certain medical conditions. Discuss your medical history with your gynaecologist before using Yasmin, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- You take any prescription or over-the-counter-medications, including herb-based products, vitamins, and dietary supplements.
- You have any allergies to food or medication.
- You are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
- You have or have had irregular menstrual periods, abnormal vaginal bleeding, endometriosis or growths in the uterus.
- You have had lumps in the breast, fibrocystic breast disease, abnormal mammogram, or breast cancer.
- You have had a stroke or blood clots; diabetes or high blood sugar; high blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels; high blood pressure; high blood calcium or potassium levels; or heart problems.
- You experience migraines or persistent headaches; mood swings; depression; or seizures.
- You have suffered from gall bladder, adrenal, or liver problems; jaundice; or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- You are overweight or have swelling or thyroid problems.
- You have not yet had your first menstrual period.
If possible, begin taking Yasmin on the first day of your period. If you begin taking the Pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy. If you begin later in your cycle, you will need to abstain from sex or use alternative contraception for the first seven days of taking Yasmin.
If you have a menstrual cycle of less than 24 days, you may need to use alternative contraception for your first seven days regardless of when you start.
If you have just given birth, begin taking Yasmin on day 21 following the birth. If you begin taking the Pill later than this, you will not be immediately protected against another pregnancy.
Begin taking Yasmin immediately following an abortion or miscarriage. If more than seven days have passed, you will need to use additional contraception for your first seven days of using the Pill.
Keep the following precautions in mind while taking Yasmin:
- Take Yasmin only under your doctor’s guidance
- You should take Yasmin orally with or without food. Do not remove the tablet from the pack until you are ready to take it.
- Take the first pill within the first 24 hours of your menstrual period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. If you start the birth control pill at the beginning of your period, you will not need additional contraception. If you start using Yasmin birth control pills on the first Sunday after your period starts, use a second form of birth control for the first 7 days.
- Yasmin is a 28-day pack with 21 active pills (yellow) and 7 inert pills (white). Take the active pills every day for the first 21 days. On the last week, take the inert pills for the next 7 days. During this last week, you will have your period. Contact your doctor if you do not get your period.
- Begin your next pack of Yasmin the day after you take your last inert/white pill.
- Yasmin birth control pills are more effective when taken at the same time every day. Select a time convenient time for you.
- Continue taking the pills even if you are spotting, bleeding, or feeling nauseous.
Most women who use Yasmin birth control pills experience no serious side effects. Common side effects include:
- Bleeding or spotting, nausea, vaginal discomfort, vomiting, stomach cramps, bloating headache, or breast tenderness/enlargement. These side effects are common and generally lessen or disappear with continued use of the product.
- Weight gain.
- Women who wear contact lenses may notice vision changes or difficulty wearing the lenses.
- Edema or high blood pressure.
- Dark spots on the skin.
If these side effects worsen, or if you develop other serious side effects while taking Yasmin, inform your doctor.
Yes, like with all medicines, it is possible to be allergic to Yasmin. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Yasmin, or any other contraceptive, please inform your doctor prior to taking Yasmin. Suffering a serious allergic reaction is unlikely, but be sure to talk to your doctor immediately should any of the following develop:
- Breathing trouble
- Itching, rash or hives
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Severe dizziness
Before you start taking Yasmin, it is important to inform your doctor about all other prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are currently taking. This includes vitamins and herbal supplements. If you are currently taking any of the following medicines for a long-term chronic complaint, be sure to consult with your doctor before you take Yasmin:
- Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) - This includes, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen and Diclofenac.
- Potassium-sparing diuretics (e.g. Spironolactone)
- Potassium supplements
- ACE inhibitors, such as Ramipril, Lisinopril and Enalapril.
- Angiotensin-II receptor antagonist, such as Losartan.
Yasmin should not be used for at least 4 weeks after giving birth or suffering a miscarriage.
Yasmin passes into the breast milk, so alternative methods of birth control should be adopted until the child is weaned. Consult with your doctor about suitable substitutes.
No. Yasmin will only prevent pregnancy whilst the course is being taken.
A pregnancy can occur within days of stopping the pill. However, some doctors will advise postponing conception until the menstrual cycle has normalised after stopping the pill.
Missed doses of Yasmin birth control pills can result in pregnancy:
- If you forget to take one active pill, take it as soon as you remember. Take your next dose at the regular time, this may mean taking two Yasmin pills on one day.
- In Weeks 1 or 2, if you miss two active Yasmin pills: take two pills on the day you remember, two pills the next day, and resume your schedule the next day.
- If you miss two active Yasmin pills in Week 3 of the pack: If you began using Yasmin on the first day of your period, start a new pack immediately. If are a Sunday starter, take one pill a day until Sunday; start a new pack of pills on Sunday.
- If you have missed three or more Yasmin pills, contact your doctor. Keep taking pills until your appointment.
- If you miss any white Yasmin pills, throw them away and continue with your normal schedule. You will not need an additional form of contraception.
- After missing more than one active Yasmin pill, use a non-hormonal form of contraception, such as condoms with spermicide for 7 days.
- If you miss more than one active Yasmin pill, it is possible that you may miss your period this month. If you miss your period for two months in a row, talk to your doctor immediately.
Store Yasmin in an airtight container at room temperature. Keep Yasmin away from children and pets.
Do not use Yasmin for four weeks following childbirth or miscarriage. If you are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about other birth control options you might use until the child is weaned. Yasmin can enter the breast milk and cause harm to a nursing baby.
Keep the following in mind while using Yasmin:
- Women who smoke or use tobacco products have an increased risk of developing heart problems and stroke while taking Yasmin. For information about smoking cessation products such as Zybanand Champix,
- Women who take Yasmin may experience dizziness when large quantities drinking alcohol. Limit your alcohol consumption while using Yasmin.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure, tanning booths and sun lamps until you know how you react to this birth control pill. Some women may develop dark spots on the skin.
- Inform your doctor that you are taking Yasmin before receiving any dental or medical care, emergency care, or surgery. Your doctor may suggest that you stop Yasmin for a period of time before and after surgery.
- Some doctors also recommend stopping Yasmin if you will be confined to a bed or chair for an extended period (during a plane journey or bed rest).
If you are allergic to any of Yasmin’s ingredients, inform your doctor. Serious allergic reactions are unlikely, but possible symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Itching, rash or hives.
- Swollen lips, tongue, or face.
- Severe dizziness.
- If you develop any of these symptoms while taking Yasmin, contact your doctor immediately.