Drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol



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Drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol


Yasmin is a combined birth control pill. We also carry Yaz, a low-dose alternative.

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Is Yasmin birth control generic?

No. Yasmin is a branded birth control pill made by Bayer. However, there are other birth control pills that have the same active ingredients in the same amounts. These include Ocella, Zarah, Syeda and Zumanadine.

Medications with the same active ingredients should work the same and usually have the same contraindications and side effects. However, some people find that the inactive ingredients in medication make a difference, too.

Yasmin contains 3mg of drospirenone and .03mg of ethinyl estradiol. (You might see the amount of ethinyl estradiol also written as 30mcg, or micrograms.) If you are looking for a generic version of Yasmin, those are the ingredients you want. And if you can’t take Yasmin, it’s likely you won’t be able to take any pills with those same ingredients.

Can I use Yasmin for weight loss?

Real talk: no. Yasmin is a pill to prevent pregnancy and has not been FDA-approved or scientifically proven to cause weight loss. Although some women report losing weight on Yasmin, it is not clear why this happens. Possible explanations include less water retention, which can impact the weight on the scale but does not equate to fat loss, or changes to appetite, which can lead to weight loss.

If you’re worried about gaining weight on the pill, talk to the licensed doctor during your EveAdam consultation — and keep us in the loop with any major weight or appetite changes while you’re taking your birth control.

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How does Yasmin work?

Yasmin is a combined birth control pill, which means it combines synthetic versions of the hormones progesterone (progestin when it’s synthetic) and estrogen. In Yasmin, the specific hormones are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol.

Progesterone and estrogen have certain jobs and functions in the body. In particular, they like to do a bit of party planning once a month. When someone takes Yasmin, their hormone levels change. This changes how the body deals with reproduction. Think of it as politely shutting the party down.

Ovulation, which is when your ovary releases an egg, might not happen while you’re taking Yasmin. The hormones can also thicken the mucus in your cervix, which blocks sperm from reaching any eggs. And the lining of your uterus, which normally grows comfortable and inviting so that an egg is more likely to implant, stays thin — which can lead to shorter and lighter periods.

What is the Yasmin dosage?

Does Yasmin have other health benefits?

How effective is Yasmin?

Can I take Yasmin for acne?

How to take Yasmin

Same time, every day.

Yasmin will come with detailed instructions on how to take it. It’s important to follow these instructions — late and missed pills lower how effective Yasmin is.

Each pack of Yasmin comes with 28 pills. You’ll take active pills containing hormones for three weeks, and then inactive pills with no hormones for the last week. That’s when you’ll have your period. After you’re done with the pack, you can start a new one.

How you take Yasmin is up to you. You can take it with water, with a small meal or even swallow it dry if that’s your thing. Some people report a bit of nausea when taking the pill — if that’s you, try having a snack or small meal.

When can I start taking Yasmin?

What happens if I miss a Yasmin pill?

Coming off the Yasmin pill

What are the most common side effects associated with Yasmin?

What to do if you encounter side effects

No one wants to encounter side effects when they take medication. But it helps to know what to do if it happens. Because of the pharmacological function of pills like Yasmin, they can have common side effects.

Sometimes, the initial side effects you encounter while taking birth control will go away after some time. They might also be mild enough for you to manage and deal with. For example, drinking plenty of water or taking acetaminophen may help with headaches.

When you should see a doctor?

Are there any dangerous side effects associated with Yasmin?

Are there any other alternatives to Yasmin?

Yes. There are different versions of Yasmin which contain the same active ingredients. Some examples of these include Nikki, Yaz, Giavni, Loryna, Vestura, Lo-zumandimine, Jasmiel, Ocella, Zarah, Syeda and Zumandamine. Some of them, like Yaz, have the same ingredients but in different amounts.

Because all of these combined pills contain the same active ingredients, they will mostly have consistent side effects and contraindications. However, there are also different combined pills which contain different active ingredients, and these may be better for you if you cannot take pills which contain drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, like Yasmin.

What to do if it doesn’t work

Other birth control methods

Yasmin vs. Yaz


Make sure you read the package insert for Yasmin before you start taking it. You can read further safety information at the link below.
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Side effects

Common side effects include depression, headaches, migraines, nausea, breast pain, breast tenderness, menstrual disorders, bleeding between periods, vaginal discharge or vaginal yeast infection.

Uncommon side effects include breast enlargement, altered interest in sex, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, acne, severe itching, skin rash, hair loss (alopecia), vaginal infection, fluid retention or body weight changes.

Rare side effects include hearing impairment, asthma, breast infection, allergic reaction, erythema nodosum or erythema multiforme (skin conditions) or harmful blood clots.



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