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Chemical Name: Drospirenone 3mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 30mcg
YASMIN is a combination pill, the type of birth control pill most commonly prescribed by healthcare professionals. Combination pills contain two types of hormones: an estrogen and a progestin. Combination pills work in two ways:
The body is "tricked" into thinking it is pregnant. This prevents the release of an egg, or ovulation. Without an egg to be fertilized, a woman cannot become pregnant.
The cervical mucus is thickened, making it difficult for sperm to travel toward the egg and fertilize it in case an egg is released. YASMIN is a monophasic birth control pill. This means that each of the first 21 pills contains the same amount of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (drospirenone, or "drsp"). The last seven pills in a 28-pill, monophasic pack contain no active ingredients and are there to keep you in the habit of taking the Pill every day.
The estrogen part of the Pill is what makes your body "think" it is pregnant so that it doesn't release eggs. The progestin part of the Pill is what changes the cervical mucus to slow down the movement of sperm. This serves as a backup to prevent pregnancy even if an egg is released.
Like other combination birth control pills, YASMIN is more than 99% effective. This is the highest level of pregnancy protection a birth control method can offer. Only abstinence is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.
The Pill has a long and trusted history. It has been available in the US since 1960, and there have been several improvements since then. For one, the estrogen dose used to be about five times as high as it is in most pills today. The lower amount of estrogen found in today's birth control pills maintains the effectiveness of the Pill but helps reduce potential side effects.
As science advances, effective medications have been developed in smaller doses, with fewer side effects. This is similar in principle to technological advances that you're probably familiar with: for example, computers have gotten smaller, yet much more efficient, over the years. The science of birth control pills is no different: estrogen doses are getting smaller, and a new progestin that is different from all other progestins is now available in YASMIN.
Your healthcare professional is the best person to help you decide if YASMIN is a good choice for you. As described in the section called How YASMIN works, there are subtle differences between birth control pills. And, based on the types and amounts of hormones they contain, the decision of which one to take is a personal one. Despite the differences, all birth control pills are equally reliable in preventing pregnancy, so other factors must be considered. You may find that you experience different side effects with different pills, but you may experience no side effects at all. Before you make a decision, ask your healthcare professional if YASMIN is right for you.
As with all combination pills, YASMIN® provides many health benefits beyond protection against pregnancy*:
Milder, more regular periods
Using a combination pill like YASMIN helps with irregular periods, and blood flow during menstruation may be lighter and less iron may be lost. Therefore, iron-deficiency anemia is less likely to occur. Pills like YASMIN also help when it comes to your monthly cycle. You can have shorter, lighter periods, regulate your cycle, and even reduce cramps.
Reduced risk of ovarian cysts
Taking a combination pill prevents ovulation. When you are not ovulating, you are less likely to develop benign (noncancerous) ovarian cysts.
Reduced risk of ectopic pregnancy
When using a combination pill, you reduce your risk of ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is one that develops outside the uterus, most often in the fallopian tubes (called a tubal pregnancy), and it can be a life-threatening condition.
Reduced risk of benign breast cysts or lumps
Using a combination pill makes you less likely to develop benign cysts or lumps in your breast, and the risk decreases the longer you use the Pill.
Reduced risk of endometrial cancer
The endometrium is the lining of the uterus, and it's where endometrial cancer can occur. Combination pills help to protect you from this kind of cancer. And, the longer you use them, the more protected you are. What's more, protection continues to increase for many years after you stop using the Pill.
Reduced risk of ovarian cancer
Combination pills help to protect you from cancer of the ovaries, and the longer you use them, the more protected you are. After one to two years of use, your risk is somewhat reduced. After you have used combination pills for ten years, you are significantly less likely to get ovarian cancer. What's more, you are protected for many years after you stop using the Pill.
*These noncontraceptive health benefits related to the use of combination birth control pills are supported by studies that mostly used oral contraceptive formulations containing high doses of estrogen. However, the same benefits are believed to be associated with birth control pills containing low doses of estrogen.
Yasmin Side Effects:
What makes YASMIN® different from other birth control pills?
It contains a different type of progestin, which may increase potassium. For healthy women this is not a problem.
How can you be sure YASMIN is safe for you?
Consult your doctor. You should not take YASMIN if you have kidney, liver or adrenal disease because this could cause serious heart and health problems.
What drugs could interfere with YASMIN?
Potassium-increasing drugs. Tell your doctor if you are on daily, long-term treatment for a chronic condition with any of the following: NSAIDs-ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®), naproxen (Naprosyn®, Aleve®, and others) when taken long-term and daily for arthritis or other diseases or conditions, Potassium-sparing diuretics (spironolactone and others), Potassium supplementation, ACE inhibitors (Capoten®, Vasotec®, Zestril®, and others), Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists (Cozaar®, Diovan®, Avapro®, and others), and Heparin. Women who take any of the preceding drugs every day should have their potassium level checked in the first month of taking YASMIN.
What are the risks involved with taking any oral contraceptive (OCs)?
OCs can be associated with increased risks of several serious side effects, and do not protect against HIV infection or other STDs. Women, particularly those 35 and over, are strongly advised not to smoke due to the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects. See patient package insert for more information.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
All prices are in US dollars.
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