Yasmin is a brand name for Drospirenone, an oral contraceptive.
How It Works
Yasmin is a steroidal progestin, which is a hormone in the female body. Yasmin can prevent ovulation that may result in pregnancy when sexually active. This drug can also make fertilized eggs from attaching itself to uterine walls, thus preventing a pregnancy.
Yasmin is used as a birth control pill. Yasmin prevents unwanted pregnancies; this medication does not protect people from sexually transmitted diseases. Yasmin may also be part of combination hormone replacement therapies.
Refer to the patient information leaflet provided with the packaging for detailed dosage information. Do not take Yasmin without reading all the instructions.
Typically, one pill is taken every day according to a schedule. You should take your first Yasmin pill on the first Sunday following your period.
It is recommended to take “back up” birth control measures such as using condoms for the first few days you start using Yasmin.
Take only one pill every day. Take your dose same time each day in a particular order.
It’s best to take this pill with an evening meal or when you are about to go to bed. You can take Yasmin with or without food. You can drink a glass of water with the pill to make swallowing easier.
Once a pill pack ends, take the next pill pack right away. There are no “resting” pills in the package.
Not taking the pill daily as instructed may result in pregnancy.
Yasmin pack contains 21 yellow pills that are active with hormones. 7 white reminder pills will be provided as well. You must consume all pills as instructed.
Do not panic if you get breakthrough bleeding for the first few months after using Yasmin. It’s normal. However, tell your doctor is the bleeding gets heavy.
Yasmin may cause you to have the following side effects:
Feeling tired or irritable
Changes to menstrual periods
Decreased sex drive
Report unbearable or persistent side effects to your doctor.
Do not take Yasmin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug.
Tell your doctor your medical history before taking Yasmin. Certain medical conditions, such as blood clots, may make Yasmin unsafe to consume.
Do not use Yasmin if you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor any other types of medication you are taking when taking Yasmin. Other medications may cause dangerous reactions in your body.
Some birth control pills like Yasmin cause vomiting and diarrhea as side effects. This can cause the pill to be ejected from the body. You must use a backup birth control such as condoms and spermicide if you experience these side effects when using Yasmin.
You must use condoms when having sex to prevent contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
It is very strongly advised not to consume alcohol or severely limit alcohol consumption when taking Yasmin.