Yasmin and the generic version Lucette are both different versions of the same combined contraceptive pill containing ethinylestradiol and drospirenone which are synthetic versions of oestrogen and progestogen respectively. This type of pill offers 99% effectiveness against pregnancy if taken correctly.
Combined Oral Contraceptives are also useful for helping to control hormonal acne, irregular periods, migraines and period pain, cramps and mood swings.
Is Yasmin only effective at preventing pregnancy?
- Can sometimes help to manage weight – The progestogen in this type of pill can sometimes act as a diuretic, which helps to reduce water retention.
- Can help to control acne as the progestogen used in this type of pill can act as an anti-androgenic (acts to oppose testosterone). Excess testosterone in women (and men) is one of the known causes of hormone related acne.
- Improves the pain, cramping and mood swings sometimes experienced before and during a period. This is because the synthetic hormones help to regulate and balance normal hormone function during this time, stopping any excess that can cause unwanted effects.
- Helps to control heavy periods, which in turn can manage certain types of anaemia (iron deficient being the most common.)
How does Yasmin work?
Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive (COC). All COC type pills work in a three-fold way:
- Prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs (stop ovulation)
- Thickens the mucus in the cervix, which blocks sperm from entering into the womb.
- Thins the walls of the womb, thus stopping an egg from embedding and developing into a pregnancy.
This type of pill is NOT suitable for women that:
- Are allergic to Yasmin or any of its active ingredients (an alternative contraceptive may be more suitable)
- Older than 35 years old
- Smoke cigarettes or cigars
- Have a higher-than-normal risk of heart and circulation problems, high blood pressure, history of hormonal cancers, history of regular migraines or a history of stroke or high risk of blood clots. Patients with these risk factors will need to discuss other types of contraception with their GP.