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Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP) containing synthetic versions of the female hormones estrogen and progestin, specifically drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol.

Last Modified: 03 May 2024

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What is Yasmin? 

Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP) containing synthetic versions of the female hormones estrogen and progestin, specifically drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. It is designed to prevent pregnancy and can also be used to treat moderate acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women who choose to use oral contraceptives. 

Yasmin tablets are formulated with the active ingredients drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, which are created through chemical synthesis. These hormones are similar to the natural hormones produced by the ovaries. 

Global Name

Generic name: Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol
Brand names:  Yasmin


What is Yasmin used for? 

Yasmin is primarily used for: 

How do you use Yasmin? 


Yasmin is available in tablet form.

Dosage information:

  • Yasmin is taken once daily, preferably at the same time each day. 
  • One tablet is taken for 21 consecutive days, followed by a 7-day break during which no pills are taken. 


  • Children: Not recommended for use prior to menarche. 
  • Adults: Suitable for women of reproductive age. 
  • Elderlies: Not typically prescribed post-menopause. 

Is there anyone who can’t take Yasmin? 

  • Children: Not for pre-pubescent individuals. 
  • Adults: Not suitable for women over 35 who smoke or have certain health conditions, may increase risk of stroke and major cardiovascular events. 
  • Elderlies: Not applicable. 
  • Pregnancy: Contraindicated. 
  • Lactation: Not recommended. 
  • Allergies: Women with a history of hypersensitivity to drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, or any other ingredients in Yasmin should not take this medication. 

Warnings and Precautions:

Yasmin has a boxed warning for cigarette smokers over 35 years old due to the increased risk of serious cardiovascular events. Women with a history of blood clots, certain cancers, or liver diseases should not take Yasmin. As with other estrogen-containing medications, Yasmin may increase the risk of breast cancer. 

Drug Interactions: 

Yasmin may interact with other medications, including certain antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and herbal supplements like St. John's Wort. It is contraindicated in women with a history of thrombotic disorders, hormone-sensitive cancers, and liver disease. 

Side Effects

Common side effects may include nausea, headache, flushing, breast tenderness, and mood changes.

Pharmacist Tips

Storage information:

  • Store at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and moisture

Handling instructions:

  • Follow the blister pack in proper order and do not skip pills. If a dose is missed, refer to the package insert for instructions. 


Where is Yasmin available in Hong Kong?

Yasmin is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that can be sold without a prescription. It is found in all chain drug stores, including Mannings and Watsons. 



Can Yasmin be used as an emergency contraceptive? 

No, Yasmin is not intended for use as an emergency contraceptive.

How effective is Yasmin in preventing pregnancy?

When taken correctly, Yasmin is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Does Yasmin help with menstrual cramps?

Many women experience relief from menstrual cramps while taking Yasmin due to stabilized hormone levels.

Can Yasmin cause weight gain?

Weight gain can be a side effect, though it is generally minimal and varies from person to person.

How to take Yasmin pills for the first time?

When starting Yasmin for the first time, it's important to begin on the first day of your menstrual cycle (the first day of your period). Take one tablet at the same time each day for 21 consecutive days, followed by a 7-day break with no pills. During the break, you should have your period. After the 7-day break, start the next pack regardless of whether your period has stopped. If you start Yasmin on a different day, use an additional method of contraception for the first 7 days of pill-taking. Always follow the specific instructions provided with your medication or as directed by your healthcare provider.

This website provides content related to drug use and medicine for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not use the information on this website to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare provider. The website's owners and contributors are not liable for any repercussions, adverse effects, or consequences resulting from the use of any medication or information provided herein.

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