Contraceptive pills are a great way to satisfy your sex drive without the risks of unwanted pregnancy. Women who have painful or heavy periods also use contraceptive pills to control their menstruation.

The Yasmin Pill is a common type of contraceptive used by women in the UK. If taken correctly, this pill is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. But it doesn’t come without any risks. So, what are the side effects of the Yasmin Pill? Read on to find out.

How the Yasmin Pill Works

The Yasmin pill is a combination of two hormones — Ethinylestradiol (oestrogen) and Drospirenone (progesterone). It’s usually taken by women who are under 35 years old. This pill prevents pregnancy in three ways:

  • By preventing ovulation.
  • By making the mucus layer in your cervix thicker so the sperm will have a hard time reaching the egg.
  • By changing the lining of the uterus to prevent the attachment of a fertilized egg.

The pill is taken orally, daily at set intervals. It can be taken with or without food or water.

The Yasmin Pill is also comparable to Microgynon — another popular contraceptive pill. Both of these pills are combination pills that follow a 28-day course. One of the contrasting differences between the two is that the Yasmin pill is not suited for women who have cardiovascular diseases because of its tendency to develop blood clots. Microgynon, on the other hand, has lower risks of blood clots making it more suitable for women who have heart disease.

If you want to learn more, this article about Yasmin vs. Microgynon is a good place to start.

What are the side effects of the Yasmin Pill?

Like all medicines, Yasmin also has its own share of side effects that you need to be aware of. Below is a list of the common side effects of the Yasmin pill.

  • Vomiting
  • Feeling nauseous especially if it’s your first time.
  • Bloating
  • Headache
  • Weight changes
  • Freckles
  • Breast swelling or tenderness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Increase hair growth
  • Discharge from your nipples or vagina
  • Itching on your vagina
  • Dulled sex drive
  • Changes in your period
  • Loss of scalp hair

Yasmin also increases the risks of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke for women who are:

  • Smoking
  • Over 35 years old
  • Have a medical history of heart attack, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular diseases

Side effects of Yasmin that require immediate medical attention

If you experience the side effects below, stop taking Yasmin and call your doctor right away:

  • Signs of allergic reaction - swelling of the face, tongue, throat, or lips. Hives and difficulty breathing.
  • Signs of a heart attack - Chest pressure or pain that spreads to your shoulder or jaw. Sweating and nausea.
  • Signs of a stroke - sudden weakness on one side of the body. Severe headache, vision and balance problems, and slurred speech.
  • Signs of high blood pressure - blurred vision and pounding in your ears or neck. Severe headache.
  • Signs of a blood clot - shortness of breath, loss of vision, pain in one or both legs, stabbing chest pain.

Yasmin Alternatives Available At Express Pharmacy

Aside from Yasmin, Express Pharmacy stocks the following contraceptives that guarantee safe and effective use:

Microgynon - a combination pill made from Levonorgestrel and Ethinylestradiol. It works like Yasmin and has lower risks of developing blood clots. This contraceptive pill is ideal for women who have a medical history of cardiovascular diseases.

Cilest - another combination pill. Its active ingredients are Norgestimate and Ethinylestradiol. This pill works by tricking the body into thinking that ovulation has already happened thus, preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg.

EVRA Patches - this alternate method of contraception is directly applied to the skin. The patch releases two hormones, Norelgestromin and Ethinylestradiol. EVRA patches are effective immediately as long as it is placed correctly. This alternative contraception method is ideal for those who have a hard time swallowing pills or can’t remember when to take it.

You can buy Yasmin online from Express Pharmacy.