Yasmin is a highly popular combined oral contraceptive. This is because it is nearly 100% percent effective as a form of protection against unplanned pregnancies, and also because it is said to reduce the risk of weight gain during treatment. This is a common concern for many women who are considering taking the pill.
The combination pill contains artificial oestrogen and progestogen which work together to prevent the release of an egg into the womb - this process is called ovulation. Additionally, the cervical mucus is thickened, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb, and inhibits the womb lining from growing to allow an egg to attach itself.
Benefits of Yasmin
Yasmin pills have the benefit of lowering the risk of increased weight gain due to water retention. Many women experience water retention when taking oral contraceptives, and the reduced chance of this with Yasmin makes it a good option for women who have this concern.
It is also known to assist with treating conditions such as acne in some women, and can also improve the condition of the skin and hair in general.
Side effects and risks
Yasmin, like any prescription medication, may cause certain side effects, although with contraceptive treatments they invariably become milder or disappear over time. These include headache, nausea, abdominal pain and changes in libido.
This contraceptive should not be taken if you have a medical history that includes blood clots or strokes, circulation problems, heart valve debility, jaundice, abdominal or vaginal bleeding, uterine or breast cancer, kidney and liver disease, adrenal gland disorders or high blood pressure. Yasmin should also be avoided if you are breastfeeding or are pregnant or suffer from recurring migraines.
How to take Yasmin contraceptive pills
Yasmin pills can be taken on the first day of your period and will provide protection straight away. This contraceptive can also be started up to the fifth day of your menstrual cycle but it’s advised that for the following week a barrier contraception is used.
One Yasmin birth control pill should be taken every day, at the same time for 21 days. After that time you will have a week break from ingesting any tablets but will still be protected. The next course of pills is then started after this “break” week.