Yasmin is a combination medication containing two hormones, progesterone (Drospirenone) and estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol), that works effectively to prevent pregnancy when consumed properly. It can also be administered to treat irregular periods. These pills prevent ovulation to avoid fertilization, restrict the movement of sperm to prevent it from fertilizing the egg, and also prevent the thickening of the uterine lining to make it unsuitable to support the attachment & growth of the fetus. It is critical to take the medications at a fixed time for them to work. However, it should be noted that these pills do not offer any protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
How Does Yasmin Work?
These oral contraceptives prevent pregnancy by the following methods.
- It stops the ovulation, that is, stops the release of an egg from the ovaries.
- It arrests the process of thickening of the uterine lining (endometrial membrane) which makes the environment of the uterus unsuitable for latching and growth of the fetus.
- The use of this medication thickens the consistency of the cervical mucus. Thus restricting the movement of sperm; as it is not able to move freely to reach the egg and fertilization is prevented.
Who Should Not Take Yasmin?
- Yasmin may not be a suitable choice if you
- Are a regular smoker
- Are obese
- Are more than 35 years of age
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have had an allergic reaction to Drospirenone and/or Ethinyl Estradiol
- Have a history of blood clots, clotting disorder
- Have any present cardiovascular disease – irregular heartbeat, chest pain, heart valve disease, coronary artery disorder.
- Have a history of cardiovascular disorder or heart attack.
- In case you have the following conditions, consult your doctor before using this medication
- Severe Migraine
- Disorders of the Liver, Kidney, Thyroid, Gallbladder.
- A history of breast, cervix, or uterine cancer.
- Any personal or family history of edema or angioedema
- An undiagnosed case of vaginal bleeding.
- A history of jaundice because of pregnancy or by the use of contraceptives
- You consume Hepatitis C medications that contain ombitasvir, ritonavir, or paritaprevir.