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    Brand Name:Yasmin
    Generic:Drospirenone, Ethinyl Estradiol
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2001-05-11 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Berlex Laboratories, Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Yasmin

Yasmin is a birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Precautions for Yasmin

For the majority of women, Yasmin can be taken safely. But some women are at high risk of developing certain serious diseases that can be life threatening or may cause temporary or permanent disability or death. The risks associated with taking Yasmin increase significantly if you:

  • Smoke
  • Have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol
  • Have or have had clotting disorders, heart attack, stroke, chest pain (angina pectoris), and cancer of the breast or reproductive organs, jaundice, or malignant or benign liver tumors.

Side Effects of Yasmin

The most commons side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Menstrual changes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Abdominal cramps and bloating
  • Nausea
  • Vaginal discharge

Who Should Not Take Yasmin

Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels from the use of birth control pills. This risk increases with age and with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age. Women who use birth control pills should not smoke.

Yasmin differs from other birth control pills because it contains a progestin hormone called drospirenone. Drospirenone can increase potassium in your blood. Women should not use Yasmin if they have kidney, liver, or adrenal disease because it can cause serious health problems. Also, Yasmin should not be used by people who have:

  • A history of heart attack or stroke
  • Blood clots in the legs, lungs (pulmonary embolism), or eyes
  • A history of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs
  • Chest pain
  • Known or suspected breast cancer or cancer of the lining of the uterus, cervix or vagina
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or of the skin (jaundice) during pregnancy or during previous use of the pill
  • Liver tumor (benign or cancerous)
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Recent Forum Posts on Yasmin

YASMIN is amazing!

I have had the best experience on Yasmin. I have been on it for over 6 years now. It helped clear my skin, improve my mood(pms), and I did not gain an ounce. I actually lost a few. Now I am aware not everyone has the same experiences on meds, but I just want to let anyone who is thinking about going on Yasmin know that it is wonderful. I am aware that it is in the news right now because of side effects (I believe it is primarily in the news because it is currently the "trendy" pill). The main side effect they have been addressing is blood clots. Blood clots are the main side effect of EVERY birth control pill! BC pills thicken your blood; therefore increase your chance of a blood clot. It is not just Yasmin. There are so many people writing negative "reviews" about Yasmin, so I wanted to express my positive feelings toward it. Everyone reacts differently to medication. You should always talk with your Dr. I would highly recommend trying Yasmin for yourself. :) Thanks!

Some Advice

Hi All, I've been reading reviews of Yasmin all day and just thought I'd like to let those of you that have suffered with it know that there are alternatives. I started originally on Microgynon 4 years ago when I was 16 and suffered severe depression and breakthrough bleeding. I came off it after my GCSE's and moved to Yasmin after my 17th birthday. I spent a very happy, relaxed 3 years on Yasmin (despite already suffering from migraines). My migraines calmed with age and when I started University in September 2008 my new doctor at the health centre told me I had an increased risk of having a stroke on Yasmin because of my migraines. I was forced to come off Yasmin and put on Cerazette. I was miserable on Cerazette and suffered a 17 week period before losing my temper with it and begging to be moved to another pill. My doctor at home debated the university doctor's decision to put me on Cerazette and gave me the Depo Provera Injection. I have been on that since January and am still bleeding, especially after intercourse. I have also gained a lot of weight - about 17lbs - and am very anxious and on edge all the time. I stress very easily and my relationship has suffered as a result of my overwhelming paranoia and unreasonable jealousy. All my family and friends have noticed the difference in my personality, claiming I used to be laid-back and relaxed and am now nervous and anxious. I returned today to my doctor at home and talked through my behavioural changes and bleeding. She told me that everybody reacts differently to different contraceptive treatments and that I suffer from an over-sensitivity to Progesterone. I have now been put back on Yasmin after 11 months of bleeding, misery and not knowing who I am. I could not be happier that I am returning to Yasmin. I never had any weight gain, spots, bleeding or behavioural changes with Yasmin and was content for the 3 years I was on it previously. For those of you suffering on Yasmin, please, change your pill. There is no point in warning others not to take it, as everyone has different reactions to different medications. If you have a bad experience on it, you'll know yourself to change within the 3 month trial period. The doctors in England put us on a 3 month trial and any problems which are raised in that time are resolved by moving women to another contraceptive. I appreciate the feedback about Yasmin but thought that I should put a positive review on for those women feeling fearful of trying Yasmin. Like I said, everyone reacts differently, most of my friends on Depo never have any problems unlike me and others on Yasmin are unhappy. If you suffer side effects, change your pill. As for me, and those of you like me, I am more than content with remaining on Yasmin and welcome its return into my life.

Survived Yasmin

I was one of the first survivors of approx 40 multiple bilateral pulmonary embolisms in 2003 which went through my heart into my lungs..... I am now undergoing heart tests to see if there has been permanent damage. I AM SADDENED to see that after my doctor notified the drug company 5 years ago they carried on selling this drug, and all the other stories I have now read could have been avoided. even deaths....but apparently its ok because we are just collateral damage to the drug company never mind the orphans who have been left without mothers I have been left with my life still in tatters suffering anxiety. I think the least the drug company could do is offer some kind compensation to everyone who has nearly lost their lives and livelihoods. Please dont take this DRUG.


Hello, im not sure if yasmin has caused all my Abdominal Pains cramping or IBS but i was on it i wanna say 4 years after taking yasmin i moved then started going to other doctors & i found out that i have IBS & i have all kinds of Abdominal Pains every time i go to doctors they tell me they can't find anything wrong with me but the pains are so bad i just want to know if this yasmin could have caused all my Abdominal Pains & IBS. the reason i was on yasmin was i have really bad cysts & the yasmin did not help by the way. i would like to work but my pains are so bad that i can't even clean my house my husband has to help me all the time with just about everything. iv been to so many OBGYNS but they tell me nothing. is anyone else having these Abdominal Pains & cramping? the cramping comes out of no where i will be sitting on the sofa & all of a sudden i have really bad cramps.


I have taken yasmin for 4 years and never had any issues. No mood swings or massive periods. Im very surprised to see all the negative coments! I have lost 10 pounds since taking it. I just switched to jolessa and am very nervous about it, the only reason i switched was to have less periods in a year but i am already ready to switch back.:confused:

Effects of Going off Yasmin

I recently decided to go off Yasmin as my husband and I have been talking about having a baby. I took Yasmin for over 4 years and wasn't sure what would happen. After reading a ton of postings from women who went off it I got really worried. Some of the side effects sounded traumatic. I just wanted to let people out there know that everyone is different. I have been off the pill for 18 days and have had no symptoms. I had a little cramping a few days after my period had ended - but that was it. I feel like I have more energy, and although I didn't think I was moody before - I feel like I am in a good mood all the time. I haven't gained any weight - at least not that I have noticed. My skin doesn't seem to be having any problems either. But I tend to get one or two pimples right around my period - so we will see. I know it is still early days - but so far so good! :)

yasmin approx:year&1/2

:confused: I have recently become interested in the effects of yasmin due to my discoveries of certain side effects I've been experiencing. I have recently been diagnosed with bi-polar 2 disorder which in my review of myself I have never had side effects for since taking the yasmin. I also have swelling of my ankles, bruising and headaches. I don't know what to do because I am active military and Its not like I can choose who I am allowed to see, its whose available but I don't know what to do. I was wondering if this is Yasmin related or if I am truly crazy.


Hello: I am so sorry that all of us are suffering since taking this pill. My experience with Yasmin was brutal and 3 years later I am told that I have developed b12 deficiency or a very serious, but treatable condition called pernicious anemia. I never had it before then pill. I took Yasmin for only 5 months and felt sick the whole time. Headaches, strange moods, even a popping sound in my head some times, bizarre symptoms. I called my OBGYN and told her I was stopping. She said the pill did not cause this, but if I felt it was related to stop. AND IT WAS! She now admits to feeling bad for this. She did not mean it. Doctors only know what they read from the literature of a drug. I stopped taking it and was in the hospital within three days. I was in shock. Night sweats, tingling skin, no energy, stomach problems of every kind. Severe pain in my left ovary, suicidal depression and on and on. The worst part is that I began to get sicker and sicker. 3 years later of still being sick. The only thing that has helped my system is acupuncture and a serious diet change to aid my system, I find out that I have a serious b12 deficiency, which I never had. They call it an autoimmune disease which impedes you from processing b12 and all this starts in the tummy! I lost a baby during this time while pregnant, now we know it was this! The Yasmin pill has been pulled off the social medicine of some European countries due to such severe side effects. Their is a girl on this blog getting names together to start a class action suit. I am in. No one can get me my three years of suffering back, or my lost baby or my lost work. I am a professional flamenco dancer and let me tell you it is not easy to perform with a serious b12 deficiency which affects nerve endings, heart tissue and neurology! And the cure for this is b12 injections for life! If you want me to forward your name to the girl with the attorney you can write me at:k@caminoskarina.com. Well I am going to keep trying to be well. I am young and have a whole life ahead of me.

mood swings!!

I have been on BC Pills for 3 and a half years now, so my body is well adjusted to the pill. I just started taking Yasmin 3 weeks ago, and already my boyfriend AND my mother are begging (well, more like demanding) I go back to my old pill (Nortrel - which had absolutely no side effects. I switched to Yasmin because of 5 months of free samples from my doctor)!! I feel depressed, I cry A TON about ridiculous things, mostly relationship-related (and my relationship is totally fine too.) I feel incredibly needy, sad, sensitive and clingy. Oh, and I am incredibly snappy. And, once never capable of adopting an attitude, now it's a piece of cake! And I am normally a mentally sane, outgoing, happy, bubbly 23 year old with a great life and nothing to complain about. This all started happening once i took the pill. I am calling my obgyn right after i submit this comment, and going back on Nortrel. If you want to maintain GOOD relationships, do NOT take Yasmin! It makes you crazy! NO JOKE!

No Subject

I have been on yasim for 2 months now and i have noticed a difference as my skin is clearer and i hardy have any breakouts, i dont have bad period pains anymore my period only lasts for 4 days, i dont have any mood swings which all uz seem to go on about if anything its the best thing ive done so if your experincing all those side a effects stop taking it!!!!!!

Yasmin the drug

I started with Yasmin 8 months ago, without the means and the time to consult a physician previously. I have always been very much afraid of bringing into this world an unwanted child and actually I have never had a true liking for children. I also never liked the idea of condoms and was terried of the probability of leakage through the condom and getting pregnant. I briefly read the indications and the side effects of this drug and started it one month before sexual intercourse. So far I think it has worked wonderfully on me. I have had temper tamtrums before and now they are almost gone. My skin has improved considerably and I have not put on weight ( not because of the drug but because I take care of my body). I am sure it will work for others to a certain degree.

Life on Yasmin

Previously before finding this website I thought I was alone. I started the birth control patch after my daughter was born in July of 2004. When my prescription for Ortho Evra ran out, I immediately went to my OB/GYN to get it back. I loved the patch. Sadly though I was told I could no longer take it because they could not guarantee it would work on women over a certain weight. I thanked my doctor for looking out for my feelings on being pregnant again right away. I agreed to take Yasmin. Little did I know I was agreeing to let a little pill take over my life.

I have been taking yasmin since September. I was eager to try Yasmin when my period started. IT worked wonderfully when I started. Then October came and I started a second pack. FOr my second set of reminder pills, I cramped very badly, had nasty headaches, was very tired all the time. I felt very down, and could care less if the word sex existed. My breasts were sore and I hated it. Then my period was over. Two weeks later I had another period and felt the same way... only this was while taking the yellow pills, not the reminder ones!!

I thought it was my body adjusting. Then November rolled around and low and behold... no period. I thought possibly it had failed adn the second light period was because I was pregnant. Took a test it was negative. I felt awful and still had same symptoms. Here it is December and I think my periods have stopped all together. I think Yasmin is to blame for my lack of having a period. I would rather take my chances using the patch not knowing if it is effective on women over 190lbs.... while trying to lose the 10lbs to make sure i fall into the weight limit.. and getting pregnant, than to keep using Yasmin adn letting the little yellow pill from hell control my life!

p/s Has anyone else had their periods stop all together from using Yasmin?

No Subject

Hi, my doctor just prescribed Yasmin for me and after reading all of your comments, I'm afraid to take it!! She said people like it because it can cause weight loss. I was hoping it would clear my skin but after hearing everyones stories, I think I'll make another appointment to get another pill. Any sugestions?? I heard estrostep clears skin?? Anyone know a pill that really helps with acne?


I started Yasmin one month ago, and so far AM NOT IMPRESSED. In my normal state of being, I am a small person, with a normal breast size. I have only been on the pill one month, but my breasts are (for me) enormous, and the tenderness is borderline unbearable. The doc said to wait it out through this pack, so we shall see. Overall, I think this pill sucks. Most women would be thrilled about their newly acquired cup size, but not me!! I took Allesse years ago, and it was great.

8 days of Yasmin

My daughter was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries and prescribed
Yasmin which her doctor stated it was like it was developed for women with pcos. My daugher is 19 years old and just 8 days after starting Yasmin she developed a pulmonary embolism , she was hospitalized and now on blood thinner for 6 months. This has been a very scarey experience and I encourage anyone considering oral conceptive pills to please take this all into consideration with your doctor.


I'm experiencing TERRIBLE breakouts on Yasmin. I had breakouts before, but NEVER like this. Is there anyone out there that took the pill and made it through the breakouts? When do they go away? I've been taking this pill nearly a month, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Yasmin and Migraines

I took Yasmin for about a year and while taking it got severe migraines 1-3 every month and my fingers would go numb too. When my doctor pointed out to me that my migraines might be from the birth control I stopped taking it. once I stopped the Yasmin I didn't get migraines anymore, but suffered from headaches all the time there after. 1 year later my doctors found 2 lesions on my brain and can't explain and figure out where they came from, they don't know what is wrong with me. I read migraines cause brain lesions and before I took Yasmin I never got migraines and was very healthy person. Recently one of my lesions hemorrhaged and was told I have vasculitis. This has gone on for 5 months now and my doctors don't know if I will recover. I think the Yasmin caused my migraines which then caused my brain lesions and who knows what will happen in the future. I want people to know this drug is not safe. I am trying to get a lawsuit against them to pay for my pain and suffering. If there is anyone else who thinks Yasmin has caused them health problems please come forward this drug is not good!


As terrible as some of these testimonials are, it is so comforting to know that I am not alone in this and that the cause is, in fact, Yasmin. I thought that birth control would help regulate my hormone-related moodiness but I am far more moody now-- and much more depressed, apathetic and unmotivated. I am usually quite athletic and energetic but I have been incredibly sluggish, achy, sleeping more than usual, groggy, and my skin has not improved. I experienced incredible nausea at first, and switched to taking Yasmin at night, but now get incredible cravings (like from puberty) and my body basically refuses to exercise. It's bizarre. I am going off Yasmin before my mental and physical health deteriorate further. Thanks to everyone for putting this information out there.

No Subject

I've been on Yasmin for about 4 months now. I spent the first month and a half feeling nauseus and dizzy. Things seemed to improve after that and up until a month ago I felt fine. However, I gained weight rather suddenly about a month ago and can't seem to shift it, no matter what I do. I'm also feeling extremely lethargic and weak and looking back, this seems to have been going on throughout these 4 months. I put this down to low blood pressure; I even thought that I might actually be anemic. It's only now, by process of elimination, that I've realised that all these symptoms are actually pill-related.

yasmin BCP

I took Yasmin for 9 months and lost over 15 pounds of weight. I also experienced lighter periods and slept better than I have for over 5 years.But...
I also experienced a very severe and frightening episode of depression. I have never been described as ray of sunshine on my best days, but I am usually energetic and friendly and enjoy a wide variety of interests. But on this pill I became lethargic, sullen and even melancholy. Then I had a run in with my sons school and it occured just at the time I was going off the pill to have my period for that month. It was like I walked off the porch in the dark! What an experience. I was so low I couldn't drag out of bed...I started dwelling on past incidents where I had yelled at my kids, thinking about my own death, the death of loved ones, how hopeless life seemed. I scared the stuffing out of my family and didn't start back on the pill the next week when I was supposed to. I went to my doctor and after 2 months of Xanax and some long talks with friends I feel the pill is definate no-no for me. I believe I suffer from PMDD which is only worsened by the unnatural level of hormones you get with the pill. I am peri-menopausal and should just go with the flow. I hope this helps anyone out there who is haveing troubles with the pill.


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