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Type

Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)

Uses

Treats Acne
Regulates Periods
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Prevents Pregnancy
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Anemia
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Active Ingredients

Drosperinone (progesterone) [3 mg]

Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [30 mcg]

Risks

Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.

Discuss use with a doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.

Equivalent Generic Brands

Syeda
Zumandimine
Ocella
Zarah
Drospirenone/ Ethinyl Estradiol

Name Brand

Yasmin

Popular Birth Control Pill Brands

Sprintec

Apri

Viorele

Junel Fe

Yaz

Norethindrone

Jolessa

New Questions

Periods are optional! The only reason that we build the lining of our uterus every month and pop out an egg (ovulation) is to make a baby. On average in the US, periods start at 12 years old and women have their first baby at 26 y/o. If we aren’t going to make a baby, then why bother with that? Every time we shed our lining and pop out an egg unnecessarily, that adds to the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer. That’s 14 years of monthly periods for no good reason. So you can turn those off with the ring or pill or IUD with hormones. It prevents endometrial and ovarian cancer and anemia. Women and physicians have done it since 1960s. And the natural state of a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding and she has no periods during that time. Refer her to the wings of inspired business podcast for more info.
Yes. Generics, by law, have the same active ingredients as their name-brand versions. Generics may differ on the inactive ingredients.

Resources

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.

If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Health Medical group’s doctors recommend progestin-only pill (POPs), IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.

Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Yasmin at special request or another generic equivalent: Syeda, Zumandimine, Ocella, Drospirenone /Ethinyl estradiol, for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.

FAQ

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.

ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YASMIN?

Because of Yasmin’s progesterone, you should not use Yasmin if you have: hyperkalemia, kidney disease, liver disease, or adrenal insufficiency.

As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your doctor or Pandia Health Care Advisor before starting on Yasmin. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something that seems relatively harmless such as St. John’s wort can cause Yasmin to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up with your provider. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, chronic hepatitis C medications.

DOES YASMIN CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS?

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.

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.

  • Try to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Otherwise, you could get slightly dehydrated and have more frequent headaches.
  • Also, if you go on a long plane ride 5+ hrs, then take an aspirin or ibuprofen 30 minutes before the flight, drink water on the flight, and walk around. This will prevent blood clots.

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 EASY IS IT TO GET YASMIN?

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. 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.

If you want to #SkipPeriods, check out our #PeriodsOptional aka Hate your periods? blog post here.

DOES BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE INFERTILITY?

Some women worry that birth control pills like Yaz can cause long-term fertility issues. This isn’t true. If you want to have a baby soon, just stop the medication and you should return to full fertility within a cycle or two after stopping.

Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.