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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Combination Oral Contraceptive Pill



Active Ingredient

Ethinylestradiol (0.03mg) and Drospirenone (3mg)

Effective within

7 days of continuous use

Works by

Preventing Ovulation, Thinning Cervical Mucus, Altering Uterine Lining

Side effects

Mild Nausea, Breast Tenderness, Changes in Menstrual Flow

Medication details


Yasmin is a prescription medication that is widely used for contraception. It is a combination of two hormones, drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, that work by preventing ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and endometrial lining. This makes it difficult for sperm to reach the egg, thus reducing the chances of pregnancy. Yasmin is highly effective when taken correctly and has a failure rate of less than 1%.

In addition to being an effective birth control option, Yasmin is also known to help reduce acne and regulate menstrual cycles. The tablet is easy to take and comes in a blister pack with 28 tablets. You need to take one tablet at the same time every day, preferably with food or after a meal, to stay protected.

Yasmin is suitable for most women, but not for everyone. It's important to talk to your healthcare provider about your medical history, allergies, and other medications you may be taking, as some conditions or medications may interact with Yasmin. Women who are pregnant or have a history of blood clots or liver disease should not take Yasmin.

Overall, Yasmin is a safe and reliable contraceptive option that provides additional benefits beyond contraception. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about Yasmin and if it's the right choice for you.


Yasmin tablets are designed to be taken once a day, preferably at the same time each day, for a consistent and effective regimen. Each pack contains 28 tablets, with 21 active tablets containing the hormonal ingredients and 7 inert tablets. Start by taking an active tablet on the first day of your menstrual cycle, or as advised by your healthcare provider. Follow the arrows on the packaging to help you keep track of your daily dosing. Swallow the tablet whole with water. If you miss a dose, refer to the package insert for guidance on what to do next. It's essential to adhere to the prescribed schedule to ensure optimal protection.


Yasmin Film-Coated Tablets 0.03mg/3mg contain two key active ingredients: ethinylestradiol (0.03mg) and drospirenone (3mg). Ethinylestradiol is a synthetic estrogen that plays a vital role in regulating your menstrual cycle and preventing ovulation. Drospirenone, a synthetic progestin, complements ethinylestradiol by thickening cervical mucus, inhibiting ovulation, and creating an environment in the uterus that is less receptive to implantation. These ingredients work synergistically to provide comprehensive contraception, allowing you to take control of your reproductive health with confidence.

Side Effects

While Yasmin is generally well-tolerated by most users, as with any medication, it may be associated with potential side effects. Common side effects include mild nausea, breast tenderness, and changes in menstrual flow. These effects are usually temporary and tend to improve over time as your body adjusts to the medication. However, if you experience severe or persistent side effects such as severe abdominal pain, chest pain, severe headaches, or visual disturbances, seek medical attention promptly. It's important to note that the benefits of effective contraception usually outweigh the risks of potential side effects. Your healthcare provider can help you navigate any concerns you may have.


Yasmin is a prescription medication, and it's important to use it under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. Before starting Yasmin, inform your doctor about your medical history, including any pre-existing conditions, allergies, or medications you're currently taking. Yasmin may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions, such as a history of blood clots, certain types of cancer, or liver disease. Smoking while taking Yasmin increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects. It's crucial to avoid smoking while using this medication.
Additionally, Yasmin does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you're concerned about STIs, consider using barrier methods such as condoms alongside Yasmin for comprehensive protection. While uncommon, serious side effects such as blood clots, stroke, or heart attack may occur, especially in individuals with specific risk factors. If you experience sudden shortness of breath, chest/jaw/left arm pain, weakness on one side of the body, or slurred speech, seek immediate medical attention.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can Yasmin be used solely for contraceptive purposes, or does it have other benefits?

Yasmin is primarily used as a contraceptive method to prevent unintended pregnancy. However, it may also provide benefits such as more regular and lighter menstrual periods, reduced menstrual cramps, and improved acne control. If you're considering using Yasmin for reasons beyond contraception, consult your healthcare provider to discuss your specific needs and potential benefits.

How long does it take for Yasmin to become effective as a contraceptive?

Yasmin requires consistent use to achieve its maximum contraceptive effectiveness. When starting Yasmin, it's recommended to use an additional form of contraception (such as condoms) for the first seven days. After the first week of taking Yasmin as directed, it is generally considered fully effective in preventing pregnancy.

Are there any specific instructions if I miss a dose of Yasmin?

If you miss a dose of Yasmin, the action you need to take depends on which day you missed the dose and how many tablets you've missed. Generally, if you miss one active tablet, take it as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two tablets in one day. If you miss two or more active tablets in a row, refer to the package insert or consult your healthcare provider for guidance. Remember to use a backup contraceptive method (like condoms) if needed.

Can Yasmin be used by women with irregular menstrual cycles?

Yes, Yasmin can be used by women with irregular menstrual cycles. In fact, Yasmin may help regulate the menstrual cycle and provide more predictable periods. However, if you have concerns about your irregular cycles, it's advisable to consult a healthcare professional before starting Yasmin to ensure that it's the right contraceptive choice for you.

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