Yasmin Pill

Take Yasmin to help with your acne and prevent pregnancy. Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive pill suitable for women up to the age of 50.

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How does Yasmin work?

Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive pill or birth control pill. This means there are two types of hormone (ethinylestradiol and drospirenone) inside each Yasmin pill. These hormones work to stop you from releasing an egg from your ovaries, so you can’t get pregnant. It is 99% effective when used perfectly. Yasmin does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). You should wear a condom and go to a sexual health clinic for regular checkups to prevent STIs.

How to take Yasmin

You can take Yasmin with or without food. The best way to take Yasmin is with a glass of water. Follow the days and arrows on the blister strip as follows:

  • Take one Yasmin pill at the same time each day for 21 days
  • Then you have 7 days where you do not take any Yasmin pills, and you will have a withdrawal bleed
  • After your 7 day break, start a new strip of 21 Yasmin pills
  • Don’t chew the pills, instead you should swallow them whole

Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions if they are different to these.

When should Yasmin not be taken?

You should not take Yasmin if you are:

  • pregnant or planning a pregnancy
  • allergic to any of the ingredients in Yasmin
  • taking medicines to treat hepatitis C
  • at high risk of having blood clots
  • about to have an operation where you can’t move around afterwards

Yasmin should not be taken if you have:

  • ever had a heart attack or stroke
  • liver or kidney problems
  • vaginal bleeding with an unknown cause
  • a tumour or history of cancer, such as breast cancer
  • migraines with aura
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes

Your doctor may offer a progesterone only pill (POP) or mini pill as an alternative if you can’t take Yasmin because it contains oestrogen.

When do I start taking Yasmin?

You can start Yasmin on the first day of your period and you will be protected straight away. If it’s after the fifth day of your period, you have to take 7 days of Yasmin pills to be protected from pregnancy. During these seven days, you must use a barrier method, like condoms, for protection during sex.

What do I do if I forget to take it?

Try to remember to take your Yasmin pill at the same time each day. Sometimes you might forget or miss a pill. Here is what you need to do:

  • If you have only missed one pill, take it as soon as you remember, even if you have to take 2 pills at once. Continue to take the rest of your pack as usual. You’ll still be protected against pregnancy.[Text Wrapping Break]
  • If you have missed 2 or more pills, take the most recently missed pill as soon as you remember and leave any previous pills in the strip. This may mean taking two pills at once. Continue to take the rest of your pack as usual. But if you have fewer than 7 pills left in the pack, start a new pack without taking a pill free break. You will need to use extra contraception such as condoms for seven days as you may be at risk of pregnancy. [Text Wrapping Break]
  • If you have missed more than 2 pills in the first week of your pack you may need to use emergency contraception.

For more information about what to do if you forget to take your pill, read the patient information leaflet that comes in your pack of Yasmin. You can also message one of our doctors for free advice in your patient account.

Can Yasmin be taken on a regular basis?

You can take Yasmin on a regular basis. You should have your blood pressure checked at least once a year while taking Yasmin.

What do I do if I take Yasmin twice?

You should be fine if you take two Yasmin tablets on the same day because you have missed a pill. Otherwise, you might start to feel ill, vomit or bleed from your vagina. Speak to a doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.

Can pregnant women and nursing mothers take Yasmin?

You should not take Yasmin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor before you take Yasmin, for advice if you are planning a baby or think you might be pregnant.

What should I watch out for if I want to stop taking Yasmin?

If you stop taking Yasmin, you won’t be protected from getting pregnant, so use a condom. Expect a vaginal bleed a few days after you take your last Yasmin pill. You should speak to your doctor for an alternative method of contraception to prevent pregnancy.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Clair Grainger

Dr Clair Grainger studied at The University of Edinburgh from 2004 to 2009. She's worked in hospitals throughout Edinburgh and London before completing her GP training in North Middlesex Hospital in 2017.

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Article created: 31 Aug 2021

Last reviewed: 31 Aug 2021

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