Yasmin is an oral contraceptive regimen also known under the name Drospirenone - ethinyl estradiol. Yasmin combines progestin (drospirenone) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) hormones in a form of pills used to prevent pregnancy. Yasmin regimen contains 21 active film-coated tablets that work by releasing hormones and preventing ovulation. Therefore, woman’s ovaries will not release any eggs, and fertilization will not be possible. Moreover, these hormones can thicken the cervical mucus and affect the lining of the uterus. Therefore, it will be very difficult for sperm to penetrate deep enough to reach the uterus, and lining of the uterus will not be thick enough to make implantation possible.
How it is used?
Yasmin comes in two distinct variations. A 21-day pack contains 21 tablets that should be taken daily for three weeks. A woman then makes a short break of 7 days before continuing with the next pack.
A 28-day pack contains 28 pills to be taken orally for 28 days. The last 7 pills from the pack are so called “reminder pills”. These are pills with no active ingredients added as a simple way to keep track the consumption of pills. When all of the pills are used, woman begins with the next pack.
Usually, Yasmin pills are started the Sunday after the period starts, approximately the same time every day. Some women may experience mild side effects such as spotting, light bleeding or nausea. In most cases, these symptoms will subside within 3 months. It is important to continue with the treatment as prescribed, even if there are some side effects. However, women are advised to check with their doctor or clinic if the symptoms do not go away.
Yasmin for emergency contraception
Yasmin pills are based on the same hormones used for emergency contraception. However, these are not the same pills as the morning-after pills. The morning-after pills are different because contain much higher levels of these hormones. Moreover, the morning-after pills are taken up to five days following the unprotected sexual intercourse, and they work when classic contraception methods (such as Yasmin) fail. Yasmin pills may not work effectively to prevent pregnancy if a woman fails to take her pills each day on time. In these cases, emergency contraception must be used to prevent fertilization.
Even though Yasmin pills contain the same hormones as the morning-after pills, these pills are not recommended for emergency contraception. High doses of Yasmin may work well to prevent pregnancy but the exact dose is unknown. Other good methods, such as Plan B, are especially designed for emergencies, available over the counter for women aged 17, and older.