How to Take Yasmin

Yasmin 28-pack birth control pills
Yasmin 28-pack birth control pills (Image: Tiana Mortimer)

Yasmin is a low-dose birth control pill containing the hormones estrogen and a synthetic progestin called drospirenone. This oral contraceptive has 21 active pills with the hormones and seven inactive placebo pills that allow a woman to have her period. While there are other oral contraceptives that have more active pills to reduce the length of a period, Yasmin is popular because it helps clear up acne and reduces water retention and pre-menstrual symptoms. It is an effective birth control option with a 99 percent pregnancy prevention rate as long as you take Yasmin properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Prescription Yasmin
  • Glass of water
  • Barrier contraception

Take a Yasmin active pill with a glass of water on the first day of your menstrual cycle if you have not taken any oral contraceptives in the past month. Or, you can take the first Yasmin active pill on the first Sunday after your period starts. If you do not start Yasmin the first day of your period, you will have to use barrier contraception like condoms or a diaphragm as back-up for the first seven days to prevent pregnancy.

Drink a glass of water with your first Yasmin active pill on the day after you complete or stop taking a progestogen-only contraceptive pill. The same instructions apply if you are switching from a contraceptive implant or injection. You will need to use barrier contraception to protect against pregnancy for one week.

Remember to swallow one Yasmin pill each day at the same time every day to ensure maximum effectiveness. Don't forget to drink a full glass of water with each dose.

Take your dose of Yasmin as soon as you remember if you miss your regularly scheduled dose. This may require that you take two Yasmin pills in one day.

Double up on your Yasmin dose for two days if you happen to forget taking your active Yasmin pills for two days in a row. This means taking your missed dose along with your regularly scheduled dose for two days in a row. If the missed doses happen during the first or second week of the active pills, you must use back-up contraception for one week to avoid pregnancy.

Throw out your Yasmin pack of pills and start a new one if you miss two active pills in a row during your third week or three active pills in a row at any time during the first three weeks. If you started Yasmin on a Sunday, take the remaining pills as usual and then throw away the pack on Sunday and start a new one at that time. Use back-up contraception for seven days to prevent pregnancy.

Skip your dose of the Yasmin inactive placebo pill if you miss it but remember to take the next regularly scheduled dose. If you miss one or two of the inactive pills, you are still protected against pregnancy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use a back-up form of contraception while taking your course of Yasmin if you are prescribed antibiotics. Talk with your doctor and see if any other medication you are taking may interfere with Yasmin's effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. If you vomit or have diarrhea within a few hours of taking your dose of Yasmin, follow the instructions for missing a dose. Your body may not have absorbed the medication enough to prevent pregnancy.
  • Yasmin is not the optimal oral contraceptive for women with certain health conditions. Talk with your doctor about these health issues before taking Yasmin. Yasmin does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS or herpes. You must use a barrier contraceptive to prevent the spread of disease. It may take a few months after starting Yasmin before your menstrual cycle becomes regular. Your body may need an adjustment period to become accustomed to the oral contraceptive.

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