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What is Yasmin?
Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive pill. It contains synthetic oestrogen and progestogen, which makes certain changes in your body to prevent pregnancy.
Unlike barrier methods of contraception such as condoms, Yasmin doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
How does Yasmin work?
Like other combined contraceptive pills, Yasmin tablets do three things. They thicken the mucus at the cervix to stop sperm getting through, prevent ovulation, and prevent the lining of the womb from thickening.
Each active Yasmin tablet contains 0.030 milligrams of ethinylestradiol and 3 milligrams of drospirenone.
How do you take Yasmin?
For the Yasmin pill to work as effectively as possible, you must take it as directed by your GP or pharmacist. Take one Yasmin pill at the same time every day for 21 days, and follow this with a 7 day break. You are still protected from pregnancy during the 7 day break.
You can find more information on taking Yasmin in the patient information leaflet, including what to do if you are unwell or miss a pill.
How effective is Yasmin?
Yasmin is a clinically proven oral contraceptive pill. For maximum effectiveness, you should take it as directed in the patient information leaflet.
If you suffer from sickness or diarrhoea soon after taking your Yasmin contraceptive pill, your body may not have absorbed all the hormones from the pill. To ensure you are still protected from pregnancy in this situation it’s important to follow the steps in the patient information leaflet.
What are the main side effects of Yasmin?
Like all medicines, Yasmin can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Yasmin are:
- Depressive mood
- Headache or migraine
One of the side effects of taking contraceptive pills is an increased chance of developing a blood clot. For more information on this and for a full list of Yasmin side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.