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Yasmin is a combined contraceptive pill containing the active ingredients drospiernone and ethinylestradiol. These synthetic hormones work to prevent ovulation and make it difficult for sperm to enter the womb.

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Yasmin 0.03mg/3mg x 21 Tablets (3 Month Course) £23.79

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About Yasmin

Key points:

  • You can be protected from pregnancy right away.
  • Taken once every day for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break.
  • Over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken correctly.


What is Yasmin?

Yasmin is an oral contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. Yasmin contains two synthetic female hormones (drospirenone and ethinylestradiol) and is classed as a combined contraceptive pill.

How does Yasmin work?

Yasmin works by:

  • Stopping the release of an egg each month from your ovaries
  • Making it tougher for sperm to enter the womb by thickening the cervical fluid
  • Thinning the lining of the womb, making it difficult for a fertilised egg to implant itself


How long does Yasmin take to work?

Taking Yasmin on the first day of your period: You are protected from pregnancy immediately.

Taking Yasmin on days 2 - 5 of your period: You will not have immediate protection and will need to use an extra form of contraception for the first 7 days.

How effective is Yasmin?

When taken correctly, Yasmin can be over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

The effectiveness of Yasmin can be reduced if:

  • You frequently miss pills
  • You vomit or have diarrhoea after taking the pill
  • You take other medications that could make Yasmin less effective

Yasmin dosage instructions

How to take Yasmin for the first time

Yasmin comes in packs of 21 pills, each labelled with the day of the week to help you keep track.

  • Take one pill every day at the same time, swallowing it whole with water.
  • Repeat this for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break where you don't take any pills. During this break, you may experience a withdrawal bleed, similar to your monthly period.
  • Begin a new pack after the 7-day pill break, starting on the same day each time.


Can you start Yasmin at any time?

If you have not used a hormonal birth control in the past month:
  • Begin Yasmin on the first day of your cycle for immediate protection against pregnancy.
  • Alternatively, you can start on day 2-5 of your cycle, but you must use extra protection (like a condom) for the first 7 days.


Switching from another combined hormonal contraceptive, vaginal ring, or patch:
  • Start Yasmin on the day after the last active tablet of your previous pill. At the latest, start on the day after the tablet-free days or after the last inactive tablet of your previous pill.
  • If switching from a contraceptive ring or patch, follow your doctor's advice.


Switching from a progestogen-only method (pill, injection, implant, or IUS):
  • You can switch any day from using the progestogen-only pill (or on the day of removal for an implant or IUS, or when the next injection is due). Use extra protection (like a condom) for the first 7 days.


After a miscarriage or abortion:
  • If you had a miscarriage or abortion in the first three months of pregnancy, your doctor may advise you to start Yasmin immediately for contraceptive protection with the first pill.


After having a baby:
  • Begin taking Yasmin between 21 and 28 days after giving birth. If you start after day 28, use a barrier method (like a condom) for the first 7 days of taking Yasmin.
  • If you have had sex before restarting Yasmin, ensure you are not pregnant or wait until your next period before beginning the pill again.


Instructions for a missed pill

  • Less than 12 hours late: If you remember within 12 hours of the usual time, take the missed tablet immediately, then continue as normal. You are still protected against pregnancy.
  • More than 12 hours late: If you are more than 12 hours late, protection against pregnancy may be diminished. The more tablets you have missed, the higher the risk of pregnancy.


For more information speak with a pharmacist, GP, or refer to the patient information leaflet.

Yasmin ingredients

Active ingredient: Drospirenone 3 mg and Ethinylestradiol 0.03 mg

Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K25, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 6000, talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide yellow (E172).

Yasmin side effects

Yasmin, like all medications, has several listed side effects. Not everyone experiences them, but here are some potential side effects you may experience:

Common: Affecting 1-10% of users

  • Depressive mood
  • Headache and migraine
  • Nausea
  • Breast pain and tenderness
  • Changes to your period
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Thick whitish vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal yeast infection


Uncommon: Affecting 0.1-1% of users

  • Breast enlargement
  • Altered interest in sex
  • High blood pressure or low blood pressure
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Acne, severe itching, skin rash, hair loss (alopecia)
  • Vaginal infection
  • Fluid retention
  • Changes in body weight


Rare: Affecting 0.01-0.1% of users

  • Hearing impairment
  • Asthma
  • Breast secretion
  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin conditions such as painful reddish skin nodules or a rash with target-shaped reddening or sores
  • Harmful blood clots in veins or arteries


If you experience any of the following side effects, seek urgent medical attention. They can be signs of something serious:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat
  • Signs of breast cancer such as dimpling of the skin, changes in the nipple, lumps on the breast that you can see or feel
  • Signs of cervical cancer such as vaginal discharge which is strong smelling or contains blood, pelvic pain, painful sex
  • Signs of a liver problem such as pain in the upper stomach, an itchy body, yellowing of the skin or eyes


You should read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects. Always report any side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.

Does Yasmin cause long-term side effects?

Whilst taking Yasmin, there is an increased risk of blood clots, psychiatric disorders, and certain type of cancer. These risks are higher in certain women. Once you stop taking Yasmin, the risk of these side effects will be reduced. It is important to disclose your full medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, so that they can check the suitability of Yasmin.

Does Yasmin affect fertility?

Taking the contraceptive pill has no long-term impact on your fertility, so your fertility levels should return to normal shortly after stopping the pill. It is possible to get pregnant as soon as you stop taking the pill, though some women may find it takes a few months for their periods to return to normal.

Yasmin warnings

You should not take Yasmin:

  • If you have ever had a blood clot in your leg, lungs, or other organs.
  • If you have a blood clotting disorder or related conditions.
  • If you have a planned surgery or prolonged immobility.
  • If you have a history of heart attack, stroke, angina, or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
  • If you have uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • If you experience migraine with aura.
  • If you have severe liver or kidney problems
  • If you have breast cancer, or cancer affecting organs involved in the reproductive system.
  • If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • If you are allergic to any ingredients in Yasmin


Important note: If you experience any of these conditions while taking Yasmin, or if they develop for the first time during its use, seek urgent medical assistance.


Can you take Yasmin while breastfeeding?

It is not recommended to use Yasmin while breastfeeding. If you wish to take the pill whilst breastfeeding, consult your doctor.

Yasmin interactions

Yasmin can interact with certain medication. This can alter the blood levels of Yasmin, reducing its effectiveness. It can also cause other side effects such as bleeding.

You should always let your doctor or pharmacist know if you are taking other medication.

Some medications that can interact with Yasmin include:

  • Epilepsy medication such as phenytoin and carbamazepine
  • Antivirals, for example, those used to treat HIV and hepatitis. These include ritonavir, nevirapine and efavirenz
  • Antifungals such as ketoconazole and griseofulvin
  • Medication used to treat inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. Examples include etoricoxib
  • Medication used to treat high blood pressure in the lungs, for example, bosentan
  • St John’s wort
  • Ciclosporin, used in the treatment of transplants
  • Theophylline, used to treat breathing problems
  • Tizanidine, used to treat muscle pain

Yasmin alternatives

Yasmin vs Dianette

Both pills are effective options for women who want to treat acne and take an oral contraceptive. The active ingredients are different, with Dianette containing higher levels of oestrogen. This increases the risk of blood clots and mood changes. Yasmin is more likely to help with heavy periods and PMS (Premenstrual symptoms) such as mood swings, tender breasts, fatigue, irritability, and low mood.

Yasmin vs Rigevidon

Both pills are effective options for women who want to take an oral contraceptive. The main difference between these Yasmin and Rigevidon is the progesterone hormone. Yasim contains Drospirenone and Rigevidon contains Levonorgestrel. Both pills contain the same oestrogen hormone, Ethinylestradiol 30mcg. They have a similar side effect profile, with both pills helping to reduce acne, heavy periods, PMS and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) symptoms. Yasmin is more expensive than Rigevidon.

Not everyone experiences side effects when stopping the pill. However, here are some potential side effects you may experience when stopping Yasmin:

  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Heavier periods
  • Cramping during ovulation
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Changes in mood
  • Weight changes
  • Acne
  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Headaches
  • Tender breasts
  • Changes in sex drive

During the seven pill-free days in your Yasmin cycle, you do not require additional contraception if: 

  • You have consistently taken your pills as directed.
  • You start the next strip directly after the 7-day break.

During the initial months of taking these tablets, you may experience irregular vaginal bleeding, such as spotting or breakthrough bleeding, between your regular periods. While you may need to use sanitary products, it is important to continue taking your tablets as usual.

While the patient information leaflet for this product does list changes in weight as a potential side effect of taking this medication, according to the NHS website “There is no evidence that the pill will make you gain weight”.

Yasmin serves a dual purpose—it can be used to treat acne and prevent pregnancy. Yasmin helps to reduce the build-up of sebum on the skin, which is a common cause of acne.

According to this study, Yasmin does not negatively affect your sex drive. However, it has been reported as a potential side effect.

Yasmin can cause mood swings and the feeling of depression, which usually settle down after a few months. If you still experience these symptoms after the first few months, you should speak to your GP about alternative contraceptive pills.

Birth control pills can increase breast size, however, these changes are not permanent. You may also experience breast tenderness while taking Yasmin.

While taking Yasmin, consuming alcohol is acceptable. However, it is advisable not to exceed the NHS-recommended limit of 14 units per week.

Yasmin is available on the NHS for use as a contraceptive pill.

Unfortunately, breakthrough bleeding is common, and difficult to stop immediately. It affects up to 50% of women who take the combined pill. Breakthrough bleeding usually stops within 3-6 months of taking the pill. The best ways to stop breakthrough bleeding with Yasmin are:

  • Take the pill consistently at the same time each day
  • Quit smoking

You are protected from pregnancy immediately if you start taking Yasmin on day one of your cycle.

Product Reviews For Yasmin

Summary For Yasmin

Medication Class Combined contraceptive pill
Mechanism of action Prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. Makes it difficult for sperm to reach an egg.
Active ingredient Ethinylestradiol and drospirenone 
Strength 0.03mg/3mg
Effective within 7 days
Dosage Instructions Take ONE tablet DAILY for 21 days, starting on day 1 of cycle; followed by 7-day break.
Manufacturer Bayer plc
Use with alcohol No Known interaction


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