Yasmin® guide: uses, benefits, side effects, and more


Editorial Team


May 28, 2024

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Medical Review by Andrea Eisenberg, MD


  • Yasmin® is a hormonal birth control option known for its effectiveness and additional benefits beyond contraception.
  • Yasmin® works by combining two hormones, ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, to prevent pregnancy through multiple mechanisms.
  • Beyond contraception, Yasmin® is prescribed to regulate menstrual cycles, reduce menstrual cramps, alleviate symptoms of PMS, and improve acne.
  • Common side effects of Yasmin® may include nausea, headaches, breast tenderness, and changes in mood or libido.
  • Consulta a healthcare provider to determine if you have any health conditions considered risk factors for this drug.

Yasmin®: what is it?

Yasmin® is a widely used hormonal birth control option known for its effectiveness and additional benefits beyond contraception. 

How Yasmin® works

Yasmin® works by combining two hormones, ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, to prevent pregnancy. Ethinyl estradiol primarily inhibits ovulation, preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries. Drospirenone thickens cervical mucus, making it difficult for viable sperm to reach the egg and altering the uterine lining, reducing the likelihood of implantation if fertilization occurs.

Uses and benefits

Yasmin® offers benefits that make it a popular choice for many individuals looking at oral contraceptive options. It is often prescribed to:

  • Reduced acne
  • Regulate menstrual cycles
  • Reduce associated cramps
  • Alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Improve symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

Common side effects

While Yasmin® is generally well-tolerated, like any medication, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness
  • Changes in mood or libido

It’s essential to recognize these potential side effects and discuss them with your healthcare provider if they persist or become bothersome.

Using Yasmin® safely

Yasmin® may not be suitable for everyone, particularly individuals with certain health conditions or risk factors. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting Yasmin®, especially if you have a history of:

  • Blood clots
  • Hypertension
  • Liver disease
  • Certain types of cancer

A Lemonaid healthcare provider can help determine if Yasmin® is the right choice based on your health needs and medical history.

Getting birth control online

At Lemonaid Health, we understand that navigating birth control options can feel overwhelming. That’s why we offer virtual consultations with our team of experienced healthcare practitioners. Our platform provides a convenient and confidential space to discuss your reproductive health concerns, including questions about Yasmin® or other forms of oral contraception. Our medical team is dedicated to providing personalized advice and guidance to help you make informed decisions about your birth control options.

Frequently asked questions about Yasmin®

How many hours late can I take Yasmin®?

To ensure that Yasmin® is effective, it’s crucial to take it at the same time every day. You should aim to take it within a 24-hour window of your usual time. If you miss a single active pill or take it late, take it as soon as you remember, and continue taking the remaining pills at your regular time. If you’re consistently late with your doses, set a reminder or use additional contraceptive methods to ensure protection against pregnancy.

Can I double up a dose of Yasmin® if I forget to take a dose?

If you forget to take a hormonal pill of Yasmin®, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two pills in one day. If you miss more than one active pill in a row, you should refer to the instructions on your medication. If you’re unsure or have missed multiple doses, it’s best to consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Yasmin®?

While it is generally safe to drink alcohol while taking Yasmin® birth control, excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Alcohol can also interact with certain medications, which may reduce the effectiveness of Yasmin® or increase the risk of side effects. To ensure your safety, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider and seek personalized advice based on your medical history and individual circumstances.

Can I smoke cigarettes or vape while taking Yasmin®?

If you are over 35 years old and smoke cigarettes or vape, it’s not advisable to take Yasmin® birth control. Smoking and vaping can increase the risk of severe cardiovascular side effects, like heart attack, stroke, and blood clots, that are linked to hormonal contraceptives. E-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful substances that can pose similar health risks. If you smoke or vape and are considering Yasmin® as a contraceptive option, consult your healthcare provider first. They can evaluate your risk factors and recommend the best contraceptive method.

Yasmin® is a registered trademark of Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH.

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Editorial Team


May 28, 2024

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment or medication.