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What is Yasmin?

Yasmin is a popular and highly effective combined contraceptive pill with an effectiveness rate of over 99%.

Yasmin contains both oestrogen and progesterone hormones which not only prevent pregnancy but manage difficult, heavy periods and conditions associated with menstruation such as endometriosis.

The Advantages of Yasmin

Yasmin is used by many women to prevent pregnancy because it's simple, effective and easy to take. The pill is small, white and can be swallowed without water if necessary.

Women who do not want to undertake a medical procedure find the pill an easier option than the IUD, which has to be implanted into the womb by a doctor or the contraceptive injection that requires monthly injections at the doctor's surgery for example.

Yasmin is also widely used to manage periods. Taking it long term reduces the severity of bleeds because it's hormones thin the womb lining. The seven-day withdrawal bleed is a reaction to stopping hormones rather than a period. This is likely to be much lighter, quicker and less painful than a regular bleed.

Yasmin also means you have exact timing over your periods. It's possible to map out your periods months in advance and plan events around them if you experience difficult menstruation. Irregular periods are hard to live with, but the combined pill ensures you have control. You can also skip periods if your doctor tells you it is safe to do so. To skip a period you simply take your next packet straight away rather than waiting for your bleed. It's recommended you do this no more than two times in a row. Occasionally you may experience very light breakthrough bleeding.

PMS symptoms are also brought under control by Yasmin. The bloated feeling with accompanying nausea, greasy skin, pain and mood swings are considerably reduced.

If you live with conditions that are associated or affected by the menstrual cycle, such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome, Yasmin can reduce the symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Yasmin's effectiveness rate is high. If you've been reliant on barrier contraception you may find the pill brings a sense of relief, as you don't need to worry about pregnancy to the same extent.

All pills are quickly reversible. Women thinking of starting a family can use the pill and stop taking it when they decide to conceive. You don't need any medical devices removed, and you don't need to wait for hormones to leave your body. The pill swiftly enables the return of your fertility.

Long term use of combined pills like Yasmin can reduce the risk of ovarian and womb cancer.

How Is Yasmin Different From Other Contraceptives

Yasmin contains two hormones that prevent pregnancy and manage periods. They are the oestrogen ethinylestradiol at 0.030 milligrams, and the progesterone drospirenone at 3 milligrams. Other combined pills contain slightly different ingredients.

Yasmin differs from mini pills because it contains oestrogen. Not all women can take oestrogen safely which is why it's important to obtain Yasmin on prescription. Mini pills have the same effectiveness rate as the combined pill but use only progesterone.

Other hormonal based contraceptives are available and deliver hormones in a different way to Yasmin. The NuvaRing, for example, is placed inside your vagina to release hormones. The implant is placed under the skin of your upper arm and the contraceptive patch Evra can be placed on a flat area of crease-free skin.

If you want hormone-free contraception then some intrauterine devices (the IUD or 'the coil') use copper to prevent pregnancy. Other options include condoms, sponges, caps and diaphragms but with the exception of the IUD their effectiveness rate is not as high as Yasmin.

The Different Types of Combined and Mini Pills

Yasmin and other combined pills like Microgynon 30 use both oestrogen and progesterone to prevent pregnancy and manage periods. Although each brand works the same way they do contain differing amounts of hormone. If you find one does not suit you, try switching to another brand.

Mini 'POP' pills contain only progesterone and are suitable for women who are sensitive to oestrogen. This includes women with a migraine for example. Smokers, very overweight women and older women can usually take the mini pill safely if the combined pill is not recommended. Both combined and mini pills have a very high rate of effectiveness.

Combined pills are often used to manage periods, which is one of their main benefits. Mini pills do not give you the same control over bleeds. Some mini-pills may stop ovulation, such as the newer generation like Cerazette, but only combined pills give you control.

An entirely different type of pill you may be aware of is EllaOne. This is not a contraceptive pill per se, but an emergency contraceptive. It's a dose of hormone that delays your period, so if you've had unprotected sex, that is sex without any form of contraception, you can take EllaOne to prevent a pregnancy. It works up to 5 days after sex, but the sooner you take it the better your chances of preventing a pregnancy. EllaOne is available in pharmacies and online.

How Does Yasmin Work?

Hormonal contraception works by influencing the levels of oestrogen and progesterone that are present in your body. It's these hormones that control your menstrual cycle from ovulation to periods.

Specifically Yasmin uses an oestrogen called ethinyl estradiol and a progesterone called drospirenone. These work in tandem to provide a very high level of contraception in three ways:

  • Primarily, Yasmin prevents ovulation. Your ovaries will not release an egg each month. This means there is nothing for present sperm to fertilise.
  • Yasmin also alters the quality of your cervical mucus. All women have mucus at the opening of their cervix that thins during ovulation to help sperm enter the womb. This is why your monthly discharge changes through the month. Yasmin thickens this mucus so it's stickier and traps sperm. If no sperm can enter the womb an egg cannot be fertilised.
  • Thirdly Yasmin changes your womb lining. As part of the menstrual cycle, women grow a thick layer of blood around their womb in preparation to receive a fertilised egg. Yasmin thins the lining so that if an egg should be fertilised it would find an insufficient amount womb lining to grow in.
  • How Effective Is Yasmin?

    The effectiveness rate of Yasmin is over 99%, but this is entirely dependent on how you take the pills. You must take a Yasmin pill every day to remain pregnancy -free. Missing pills mean your menstrual cycle has a chance to re-establish itself.

    All combined hormonal contraceptives work this way including Microgynon 30 and Cilest.

    Combined pills are second only to sterilisation in terms of effectiveness. Yasmin has over 99% effectiveness. However, you must take it every day to achieve this rate. There are also other events that may decrease its effectiveness. Make sure you are aware of how certain medications and illness can prevent your birth control pill from working.

How To Take Yasmin

Yasmin should be taken every day to avoid pregnancy.

Yasmin is presented in foil strips containing 21 pills. Pills are marked with weekdays to remind you. You should follow the printed arrow and take a pill each day until all the pills are used. Following this, you will have seven pill-free days in which your hormone levels drop and you will experience a withdrawal bleed two to three day later.

On the eighth day start a new packet of Yasmin. It doesn't matter if you are still bleeding. You are protected against pregnancy during your seven pill-free days if you have taken the packet correctly and begin the next packet on time.

If you want to skip a period it's usually safe to continue to the next packet without having a seven-day break. Don't do this more than twice in a row. If you have any special considerations mentioned above speak to your doctor first.

Yasmin should not be chewed, crushed or cut. The pill is small enough to be swallowed without a drink if needs be.

If you vomit or have severe diarrhoea, Yasmin may not absorb and release its hormones. If you experience either of these conditions within 3-4 hours of taking your pill you should take another pill as soon as you can. If you do this within 12 hours and do not vomit or have diarrhoea again you are still protected.

If you continue to feel ill then you need to follow the missed pill procedure. Take your pills as normal and use additional barrier contraception for seven days.

When should I take the pill

Once you have been prescribed Yasmin you should start on the first day of your next period. If you do this then you have immediate protection against pregnancy. It is possible to take Yasmin on days 2-5 of your period if necessary, but you will need extra barrier contraception for seven days to ensure the hormones have time to start working.

How do I switch from another pill?

If you are switching from other hormonal methods such as another combined pill, the vaginal ring or the patch you should start Yasmin the day after your final dose of active hormones. If you currently use the 28-day pill you should discard any dummy pills and begin Yasmin in their place. Ask your doctor for advice on the patch and ring.

If you are swapping from a progesterone-only pill, the injection or an intrauterine system you can begin Yasmin at any time but should use additional barrier contraception for seven days.

How do I start after a miscarriage or abortion?

Yasmin provides immediate cover following a miscarriage or abortion of less than three months of pregnancy. After this time you will need to use extra barrier contraception for seven days.

How do I start after giving birth?

After having a baby you should ask your doctor or midwife for advice. You are able to start 21 days after birth, but if you begin 28 days after birth you will need extra barrier contraception for seven days. Don't take Yasmin if you are breastfeeding.

What do I do if I'm travelling?

If you are travelling through time zones pay extra attention to your pill. Do not simply take Yasmin at the 'new' time. You must take it at your established 'home' e.g. 10pm GMT.

What do I do if I've missed a dose?

Missing a dose of Yasmin can lead to pregnancy. It's vital that you take your pill every day. However, missed pills are common. Follow the procedure for missed pills below if you forget your combined pill.

Less than 12 hours late. Take the missed pill immediately. You are still protected.

More than 12 hours. Take the missed pill when you remember and use additional barrier contraception for seven days. If there are less than seven pills in the pack you should continue to the next pack without a break.

If you have sex when you have missed a pill you may fall pregnant. Consider using emergency contraception such as EllaOne.

Yasmin Side Effects

There are some side effects associated with taking Yasmin.

The more rare but serious side effects include a raised risk of blood clot and associated risk of heart attack, lung embolism or stroke, or breast cancer as mentioned above. Other rare but serious side effects include a raised risk of cervical cancer, although this may be due to unprotected sex, and severe liver problems. Signs of a severe liver problem include pain in the abdomen, jaundice, whole body itching and darkened urine. Very rarely women experience an allergic reaction. If you feel breathless, have swollen lips, throat or tongue or develop hives you should seek medical help.

The more common side effects of Yasmin often wear off after a few months of use. Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 women may experience headaches, breast tenderness, depressive moods, nausea, bleeding between periods, and vaginal yeast infections (thrush).

Uncommon side effects between 1 and 10 in every 1000 women may experience include breast enlargement, sexual appetite alteration, changes in blood pressure, vomiting and diarrhoea, skin problems such as acne and hair loss, fluid retention and weight changes.

Rare side effects which may be experienced by between 1 and 10 in every 10,000 women are hearing problems, asthma, breast discharge and erythema nodosum.

Any side effects that worsen or are intolerable and persistent need medical attention. You may find switching to another brand with a different level of hormone reduces sensitivity to side effects.

Yasmin Precautions

Yasmin is well tolerated by many women. Even those experiencing some side effects choose to continue with the Yasmin because of the advantages it brings.

Yasmin is a prescription medicine because there are some women who should not take it. This can be due to existing health conditions or lifestyle choices. If you can't take the combined pill you may be suited to the mini pill.

You should not take Yasmin if:

  • You've had a blood clot
  • You have blood clotting disorders
  • You are awaiting an operation or are immobile
  • If you've had a heart attack, stroke or conditions that precede them such as angina or a TIA.
  • You have severe diabetes
  • You have a high level of fat in your blood e.g. cholesterol
  • You have hyperhomocysteinemia
  • If you have or have had migraine with aura
  • You have liver disease or kidney disease (renal failure)
  • You have a liver tumour
  • You've had or have breast or genital cancer
  • You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • If you are allergic to ethinylestradiol or drospirenone, or any of the other ingredients in Yasmin.

The condition listed below mean you may be able to take Yasmin on advice from your doctor. Generally having one or more of the conditions means Yasmin is not suitable, but for some women, the benefits outweigh the risks. Your doctor will advise you.

Tell your doctor if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • You have a family history of breast cancer
  • If you smoke
  • If you are over 35
  • If you have diabetes
  • If you have liver or gallbladder disease
  • If you have depression
  • If you have ulcerative colitis of Crohn's disease
  • if you have haemolytic uraemic
  • If you have sickle cell anaemia
  • If you have a family history of hypertriglyceridemia
  • If you've just given birth
  • If you have varicose veins
  • If you have epilepsy
  • If you have lupus (SLE)
  • If you develop any illness that first appeared in pregnancy
  • If you've had chloasma
  • If you have hereditary angioedema

Other medication interactions

If you need to take medicine, be it prescription, herbal or over-the-counter, you should tell your doctor, pharmacist or dentist that you are on the pill and ask how your treatment may affect it.

These medicines are known to cause an interaction and prevent Yasmin from working:

  • Epilepsy drugs
  • Some antibiotics especially rifampicin
  • Anti-HIV and Hepatitis C drugs
  • Fungal infection drugs
  • Arthritis drugs such as etoricoxib
  • Medicine for high blood pressure in lungs
  • St John's Wort - a herbal remedy
  • Weight loss drugs if they cause severe diarrhoea
  • EllaOne - an emergency contraception

If you need to take any of these drugs short term you will need to use additional barrier contraception for the duration of the course and at least seven days following.

In addition Yasmin may influence other medicines. This includes theophylline, tizanidine, cyclosporine and antiepileptic drugs.

Yasmin does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, syphilis and chlamydia. If you are uncertain about your partner's sexual health, or you hare having casual sex, you will need to use condoms to protect yourself against STIs. Yasmin can only prevent pregnancy because STIs are spread through fluid exchange. Your local STI clinic or your doctor can screen you for STIs if you have concerns.

Yasmin's 99% effectiveness rate relies on your memory. If you are prone to forgetting, are busy or can't commit to taking a pill at the same time each day, Yasmin is not the best fit for you. Consider a patch, which is changed each week, or the implant, which can last three years. Some intrauterine devices can be left in place for up to five years. Some women take their pill at a time of day that prompts them such as with breakfast or as they set a wake-up alarm.

Women who take the combined pill are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer. This may be because some cancers are influenced by oestrogen and because women taking hormonal contraception are more likely to examine their breasts or see their doctor on a regular basis. All women should check their breasts for lumps, bumps, discharge and pain.

Yasmin gives you control over periods but some women experience breakthrough bleeding. It may settle as your body gets used to the hormones, but if it continues for more than a few months it's important to see a doctor to ensure nothing is wrong.

Sometimes you may not bleed during your seven-day break. If you have taken your pills correctly it's highly unlikely you are pregnant. Less than one in a hundred women fall pregnant on the pill each year if it's taken correctly. If you fail to bleed on the following seven-day break you should take a pregnancy test. Speak to your doctor if you regularly fail to bleed during your seven-day break.

All combined pills raise the risk of blood clots. This is because oestrogen can make blood clot more easily. Blood clots can be dangerous. If they break free they can travel through the arteries to the lungs, heart or brain and cause serious problems such as a heart attack or stroke. Signs of a blood clot include a swelling leg, chest pains, dizziness fainting, or warmth in the affected area. Seek medical help immediately if you think you a have a blood clot. If you are planning to travel long distance by air the pill increases your risk of a deep vein thrombosis, speak to your doctor about the best course of action.

Can you buy without a prescription?

Yasmin is not available over-the-counter because of its contraindications with other drugs and because it isn't safe with certain conditions.

Once you have been safely examined and prescribed Yasmin by your doctor you can order it online after undertaking an online consultation. Make sure you declare any additional medicines or health conditions at your consultation and checkups to ensure you can continue to take Yasmin.

How To Get Yasmin

Yasmin is a prescription medicine and can only be obtained with a prescription from your doctor or through a family planning clinic. To buy this medication online you will need to complete a quick online consultation that will take approximately five minutes. A certified doctor reviews this and then you can order Yasmin online.

Other contraceptives containing the same active ingredients:

  • Cleosensa
  • Eloine
  • Lucette

Is it safe to order online?

When ordering from a certified online pharmacy, you can be ensured that your medication is safe. If the pharmacy doesn't ask you to complete essential health and medical questions, however, this is a telltale sign that the website isn't certified. The website should also display clear signs that it is registered and approved by the relevant authorities. In the UK, this includes being registered by the MHRA and GMC.

All medication will be delivered in tamper proof packaging complete with the full patient leaflet, which confirms that the medication is clinically proven and highly effective.

What is included in the price?

When ordering Yasmin online here at Medilico, this is an all-inclusive price including the prescription, consultation, medication and delivery. There are no hidden costs. The price adjusts depending on the dosage and quantity you have ordered.

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