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Are you considering Yasmin as your choice of birth control, or are you already on Yasmin and do you think you are experiencing side effects? We'll discuss the main risks and side effects of Yasmin, and talk about when to call your doctor, here. 

What Is Yasmin?

Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive pill that consists of the synthetic hormones ethinylestradiol and drospirenone (progestin and estrogen). 

Yasmin is most effective when you take the pill at the same time each day. Don't miss any doses. You can start taking Yasmin either on the very first day of a menstrual period, or on the first Sunday after your period starts. Follow your doctor's instructions exactly.

Who Cannot Take Yasmin?

Yasmin is contraindicated, meaning you are not a candidate, if you:

  • Smoke and are older than 35
  • Have or have ever had deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • Have kidney problems
  • Suffer from hypertension
  • Suffer from any liver disease
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Have adrenal insufficiency
  • Suffer from certain kinds of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease
  • Have or have ever had estrogen-dependent breast cancer

Your risk of blood clots may go up while taking this pill or other combined oral contraceptive pills, and you're also at a slight risk of skin changes and depression. However, Yasmin has been around for a long time and is considered a very safe birth control pill. 

Despite that, it is important to have a good chat about your medical history with your healthcare provider before starting on Yasmin. Don't lie about being a smoker if you do smoke, since taking this pill while smoking is really not safe.

What Side Effects Might I Experience While Taking The Yasmin Birth Control Pill?

More common side effects of Yasmin include nausea and sometimes vomiting, appetite changes and associated weight fluctuations, headaches, abdominal cramps, and sore breasts. You may notice changes to your menstrual cycle, and your periods may continue to be unpredictable for a while when you stop using Yasmin. Some women have a decreased libido while taking the pill, and hair loss or extra hair growth are also possible. Most Yasmin side effects will, if you encounter them at all, disappear after you have been taking it for a while.

More serious adverse effects are rare but possible. Call your doctor if you notice any unusual and worrying symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Severe headaches with altered vision, confusion, and difficulty speaking
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Chest pain
  • One-sided weakness or numbess
  • Pain, redness, and swelling in one or both of your legs
  • Fluid retention
  • Depression
  • Jaundice and dark-colored urine

That all sounded rather negative, no? You asked, and you should be familiar with the possible side effects of any medication you take. However, Yasmin also has many benefits besides its main benefit of preventing pregnancy. Women who suffered from PMS before taking Yasmin are likely to notice that their symptoms improve greatly. If you have acne, it may clear up. You can also expect your periods to be less heavy than they were before taking Yasmin. 

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