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Yasmin is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Yasmin is also prescribed to: treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods, and more. Read More
It’s super easy to use! Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Yasmin before bedtime or with your largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to seven inactive pills. These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to get you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Yasmin birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Drosperinone (progesterone) [3 mg] and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [30 mcg].
Periods get lighter. If you are usually a 7 day person, it goes down to like 5 days. If you use 5 pads/tampons a day, it goes down to 3.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Yasmin. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea. Positive side effects include reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and lighter bleeds.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented, such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain.
These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare. The risk is about 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot.
DOES YASMIN CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
Very few women experience weight gain when taking Yasmin. Yasmin has a diuretic effect, meaning it helps shed water from the body.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH YASMIN?
Yasmin has a diuretic effect which means it can make you pee. If you have: chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or Addison’s disease, you should not use Yasmin or its generic equivalents.
Pretty much every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Yasmin. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness. If you experience trouble breathing or swollen lips, throat, or tongue, call 911.
Depending on your medical history, hormone-based birth control may not be for you. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your physician or one of our helpful Pandia Health Patient Care Advisors before you get started on Yasmin, especially if you’ve had health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
HOW LONG UNTIL YASMIN IS EFFECTIVE?
Theoretically, it’s effective immediately (if you start on your period) vs. other times, you need to use backup for 7 days. To be absolutely safe we recommend backup or abstain for the first month. For more information, click here.
DOES YASMIN BIRTH CONTROL TREAT ACNE?
Yasmin can help with acne by reducing circulating androgen (testosterone) levels. Androgens promote sebum production, an oil made by your skin. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, which create breeding grounds for acne.
TLDR Yasmin reduces sebum production and thus acne.
HOW TO GET YASMIN BIRTH CONTROL?
Yasmin should be available at just about any pharmacy in your area. It does require a prescription from a doctor, though. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Yasmin or simply prefer the privacy, convenience, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have experienced, birth control passionate, licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept almost all forms of major private insurance at Pandia Health.
No insurance? No problem. We offer many payment options to fit your needs.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Yasmin is pretty expensive because it’s a name brand. Save money by choosing one of several other Yasmin generics, such as Syeda, Zumandimine, Ocella, Zarah, Drospirenone/ Ethinyl Estradiol. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
HOW DOES YASMIN WORK?
Yasmin uses a blend of two hormones, estrogen, and progestin, to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen.
If you want to #SkipPeriods, check out our #PeriodsOptional aka Hate your periods? blog post here.
WHEN TO START YASMIN BIRTH CONTROL?
Pandia Health’s expert doctors recommend starting on days 3 to 5 of your period because you will most likely have less spotting on your 1st pack.
WHAT IS ETHINYL ESTRADIOL?
Ethinyl Estradiol is an estrogen medication used in birth control pills. Yasmin uses a blend of Ethinyl Estradiol and Drospirenone.