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What is Yasmin?

Yasmin is an oral contraceptive pill that is taken by women to prevent pregnancy. It is taken every day for 21 days, followed by seven pill-free days.

Yasmin is known as a 'combined' contraceptive pill because it contains two different female hormones, drospirenone and ethinylestradiol.

Can I buy Yasmin online?

Yasmin tablets are only available to purchase when a registered medical professional has given you a prescription to order them.

You can buy Yasmin online from Medicine Direct by having an online consultation. All you need to do is complete a simple and confidential questionnaire, which will be reviewed by one of our doctors or pharmacists, who will then give you a prescription for this oral contraceptive pill if they deem it a safe medication for you to take.

From there, you can order Yasmin from our UK-registered pharmacy; place your order by 2pm and next day delivery is also available.

What Yasmin is and what is it used for

Yasmin is a combined contraceptive pill that stops women from getting pregnant.

When used correctly, these tablets are one of the most reliable reversible forms of contraception, providing over 99% protection against pregnancy.

Yasmin tablets contain two hormones, drospirenone and ethinylestradiol, which work by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg. This combined pill also thickens the mucus in the cervix, making it much harder for sperm to reach the uterus.

Additionally, Yasmin reduces the build up of fluid in the uterus, reducing the chances of a fertilised egg being able to develop into an embryo. A positive side effect of this process it that your menstrual cycle should also become lighter.

Yasmin is known as a 21-day pill; you take one pill every day for 21 days, followed by seven days where you do not take any pills.

It is important to remember that Yasmin will not protect you from catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. You will still need to use a condom for this kind of protection.

Alternative contraceptive pills

If Yasmin is not a suitable contraceptive pill for you to take, there are many other brands available, including:

  • Microgynon
  • Cerazette
  • Dianette
  • Desogestrel
  • Mercilon
  • Norgeston

You can buy a variety of contraceptive pills online at Medicine Direct. Speak to one of our medical professionals about alternatives that may be more suitable for you to use.

How to store Yasmin

Keep this medication out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not store in conditions hotter than 25C and keep the medicine in its original packaging.

Do not keep using Yasmin after the expiry date, which can be found on the packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of the stated month.

When you should not use Yasmin

Yasmin is one of the most reliable forms of reversible contraceptive pills, but it is not suitable for all women to take.

This combined pill should not be used by women who have not yet started their periods. It is also not intended for use by postmenopausal women.

Do not use Yasmin if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • You are allergic to ethinylestradiol or drospirenone, or any of the other ingredients contained in this pill (please refer to the Ingredients tab for a full list of ingredients)
  • You have or have ever had a liver tumour
  • You have, have ever had, or are suspected of having breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • You have or have ever had a migraine with aura
  • Your kidneys do not work properly
  • You have or have ever had a blood clot in a blood vessel in your legs, lungs or other organs
  • You are aware that you have any disorder that affects your blood clotting
  • You have or have ever had a transient ischaemic attack or angina pectoris
  • You have ever had a stroke or a heart attack
  • You have or have ever had a liver disease and your liver function has not returned to normal
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods of time
  • You have any conditions that make you at a higher risk of blood clots in the arteries (severe diabetes with blood vessel damage, very high blood pressure, a high level of fat in the blood, or hyperhomocysteinaemia)

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following applies to you before you start using Yasmin:

  • You have depression
  • You have diabetes
  • A close relative has or has ever had breast cancer
  • You have a liver or gallbladder disease
  • You have just given birth (this puts you at an increased risk of blood clots)
  • You have sickle cell anaemia
  • You have inflammation in the veins under your skin
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for a long time
  • You have varicose veins
  • You have high levels of fat in your blood or a family history of this problem
  • You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • You have epilepsy
  • You have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • You have or have ever had chloasma
  • You have hereditary angioedema
  • You have any condition that first appeared during pregnancy or previous use of sex hormones

Possible side effects

Like all medicine, Yasmin tablets can cause side effects, although they will not affect everyone who takes them.

Common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache, migraine
  • Depression
  • Breast pain/tenderness, bleeding between periods, menstrual disorders, thick vaginal discharge, vaginal yeast infection

Uncommon side effects include:

  • Breast enlargement
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Weight gain/weight loss
  • Fluid retention
  • Vaginal infection
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Acne, itching, hair loss, skin rash
  • High blood pressure/low blood pressure

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for more information.

Never buy Yasmin online unless it is from a registered pharmacy, like Medicine Direct. We are fully registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which means that we offer the peace of mind that all the medicine we sell is completely safe and approved for use in the UK.

All of our doctors, pharmacists and prescribers are also fully registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This means they can prescribe this combined pill just like your local GP.

We also offer next day delivery on all orders placed by 2pm.

Yasmin Dosage and Directions 

How to take Yasmin

Our pharmacist and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Yasmin.

To effectively prevent pregnancy, you must always take Yasmin contraceptive pills exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, and ask your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you are not sure.

Yasmin tablets come in strips of 21 pills. Each pill is marked with a specific day of the week.

Take one pill every day for 21 days; start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week. Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip until you have taken all 21 pills.

After you have taken all the pills in the strip, you will then have seven days where you do not take any pills. During this time, you should have a withdrawal bleed that is similar to a period. This bleed may continue into your next strip of pills.

After your seven day break, start your next strip of tablets the very next day. Do not leave a gap. As long as you have taken Yasmin correctly, you will not need to use a condom during your seven day break.

Yasmin with food and drink

Yasmin can be taken with or without food.

Swallow Yasmin tablets whole, with a drink of water if required. Do not chew or crush them.

When can you start with the first strip?

If you have not used a hormonal contraceptive in the last month

Start taking Yasmin contraceptive pills on the first day of your period. Beginning on the first day of your period will give you immediate protection against pregnancy.

You can also begin taking Yasmin between days 2 and 5 of your menstrual cycle, although you will need to use an extra form of contraception for the first seven days if you do this.

If you are changing from a combined hormonal contraceptive

Ideally, start to take Yasmin on the day after your last active pill of your previous medication. Do not start taking it any later than the day after your tablet-free days of your previous pill.

If you are swapping over from a combination contraceptive vaginal ring or patch, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for guidance on what your transition should be.

If you are changing from a progestogen-only contraception

You can switch on any day, but use a condom for the first week of using Yasmin.

If you have had an abortion or miscarriage during the first 3 months of pregnancy

You may be told to start taking Yasmin immediately. This will give you contraceptive protection from your very first pill.

If you have just given birth

Start taking this pill between day 21 and 28 after having a baby. If you start to use it any later than day 28, use a condom for the first seven days.

Bleeding between periods

During the first few months of using this medicine, you may have bleeding outside of the seven-day break from taking the pill. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if this bleeding lasts for longer than a few months, or if it begins after the first few months of taking Yasmin.

What to do if no bleeding occurs during the seven pill-free days

If you have taken the pill correctly but do not experience bleeding, it is highly unlikely that you are pregnant as long as you have not vomited or had diarrhoea.

If you do not have your expected bleed twice in a row, there is the possibility you might be pregnant. Speak to your doctor straight away and do not start your next strip of pills until your doctor has ruled out pregnancy.

If you take more Yasmin than you should

Taking an extra dose of Yasmin is unlikely to cause you any harm.

Taking more than you were supposed to may result in your feeling sick, vomiting, or having vaginal bleeding. Vaginal bleeding may occur in girls who have not yet started their periods if they take Yasmin.

Speak to your doctor for advice if you have taken more Yasmin than you were supposed to, or if your child has taken it.

If you forget to take Yasmin

If you are less than 12 hours late in taking the it, take the pill as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills in one day. Your contraceptive protection should not be reduced.

If you are more than 12 hours late or have missed more than one pill, you will need to use an extra form of contraception, such as a condom, for the next seven days.

What to do in the case of vomiting or severe diarrhoea

If you are sick or have severe diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking Yasmin, your body may not have had time to absorb the medicine that provides contraceptive protection. This is similar to forgetting to take a tablet.

If you vomit or have diarrhoea, take a tablet from a reserve strip as soon as you can, ideally within 12 hours of normally taking your pill. If you cannot do this, or it has been longer than 12 hours, follow the same instructions for what to do if you forget to take a pill.

Delaying your period: what you need to know

You can delay your period by skipping the seven days where you do not take any pills and starting the next strip straight away. However, it is not recommended that you do this.

You might experience light bleeding while using the second strip. After the seven pill-free days, start your next strip.

You should speak to your doctor before you delay your menstrual cycle.

Changing the first day of your period: what you need to know

If you follow the instructions of how to take your pills, your period will start during the seven-day break where you take no pills.

If you need to alter this day, make the pill-free period shorter (but never longer than 7 days).

Speak to your doctor for guidance if you are unsure of how to do this.

If you stop taking Yasmin

You can stop using Yasmin contraceptive pills at any time. If you do not wish to get pregnant you will still need to use another form of birth control. Speak to your doctor about what options you have in terms of alternative contraception methods.

If you do want to become pregnant, stop taking Yasmin and wait until you have had a period before you start trying for a baby. This will make it easier for you when it comes to calculating the expected delivery date.

Yasmin Side Effects

More information on side effects can be found on the main product page.

Rare side effects of Yasmin include:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Asthma
  • Erythema nodosum or erythema multiforme (skin conditions)
  • Harmful blood clots in an artery or vein
  • Allergic reactions (see below)
  • Breast secretion

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Yasmin.

Call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you get any of the following symptoms:

  • You get a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You are wheezing
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have swelling in your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat

You could be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate hospital treatment.

Please refer to the patient information leaflet for comprehensive guidance on side effects. If you are worried about side effects or how to cope with them, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Yasmin.

Yasmin Warnings

Other medicines and Yasmin

Before you start to use Yasmin, please inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other prescription or non-prescription medicine you are already taking. Some medicines should not be taken at the same time as this combined oral contraceptive.

Certain medicines can have an influence on the blood levels of Yasmin, cause unexpected bleeding or make it less effective. These include medicines to treat the following:

  • Fungal infections
  • Epilepsy
  • Hepatitis C or HIV infections
  • Arthritis, arthrosis
  • High blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs
  • Tuberculosis
  • The herbal remedy, St. John's wort

Yasmin can also affected other medicines, including:

  • Medicines that contain ciclosporin
  • Tizanidine
  • Theophylline
  • Lamotrigine

For more information on medicines that interact with Yasmin

It is especially important that you tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the medicines listed above. It is also important to inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking including any prescription only, over the counter or supplements 

Yasmin and cancer

Women who are using combined contraceptive pills like Yasmin may be at a higher risk of breast cancer. However, this may not be a direct result of using this medication; it may be that breast cancer is found earlier in women who use the pill because they are examined more frequently by a doctor.

Your risk of breast cancer gradually declines after you stop using the pill. Nonetheless, whether you are taking a contraceptive pill or not, it is very important to check your breasts regularly for lumps or irregularities. You must seek medical attention if you notice anything unusual, such as a lump.

Benign liver tumours or malignant liver tumours have been reported in rare cases. If you get severe abdominal pain, speak to a doctor straight away.

Signs of breast cancer include:

  • Visible lumps or lumps you can see
  • Changes in your nipple
  • Dimpling of the skin

Blood clots

Using a combined hormonal contraceptive pill like Yasmin puts you at an increased risk of developing blood clots.

Although it is very rare, some blood clots that develop can be harmful.

You can develop blood clots in a vein or in the arteries.

Blood clots in a vein

A blood clot in a vein of the leg or foot could lead to a deep vein thrombosis. If it travels from the leg to the lungs it may cause a pulmonary embolism.

In rare cases, a blood clot may form in a vein in another organ, such as the eye.

The risk of developing a blood clot in the leg or lung is small, but you are at a higher risk if:

  • You are obese
  • You are over the age of 35
  • You have given birth in the last couple of weeks
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for a long time
  • Someone in your immediate family had a blood clot in a leg, lung or other organ when they were young

The more conditions you have, the higher the risk.

Blood clots in an artery

Blood clots in an artery can also lead to serious problems.

You are at a higher risk of a blood clot in the artery if:

  • You are over the age of 35
  • You are a smoker
  • You have diabetes
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You get migraines
  • A member of your immediate family had a heart attack or a stroke at a young age
  • You or someone in your close family has high levels of fat in the blood
  • You are overweight
  • You have any heart problems

Tell your doctor if any of these things occur while using Yasmin tablets.

Laboratory tests

Make sure your doctor or nurse is aware that you are taking Yasmin if you need to have a blood test. Some forms of hormonal contraception can affect blood test results.

Driving and using machines

There is nothing to suggest that using Yasmin will affect your ability to drive, cycle or operate machinery.

If you get any side effects that impair your ability to see or think clearly, do not drive, cycle or use machines until you feel better. If these reactions persist, speak to your doctor.

Yasmin contains lactose

If you have been told by your doctor that you are intolerant to some sugars, do not use this pill without speaking to your doctor first.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a complete list of details on warnings and drug interactions associated with this combined pill. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.


Do not take Yasmin if you are pregnant. If you think you may have become pregnant, do a pregnancy test before you stop taking the pills. Stop taking them immediately and speak to your doctor if you have become pregnant.

You can stop taking this medicine at any time if you do wish to get pregnant.

For more information oral contraceptives and pregnancy


Women who are breastfeeding are advised not to use Yasmin. Speak to your doctor if you require contraception while breastfeeding.

Yasmin Ingredients

Yasmin contains the active ingredients drospirenone and ethinylestradiol.

The other ingredients are: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K25, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 6000, talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide yellow (E172).

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 28/05/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
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