The Yasmin Pill
Yasmin is a contraceptive pill that helps you avoid getting pregnant, but it can also have extra benefits, like improving acne and period pain.
You can order your contraceptive pill online easily from Alpha XR Online Doctor. Fill out a quick online questionnaire and place your order. One of our UK-registered doctors will check your assessment to make sure it’s safe for you. If it is, your order can be sent right to your door, or to one of over 800 Alpha XR stores for collection.
To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.
|Yasmin - 3 months||£29.50|
|Yasmin - 6 months||£50.00|
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It has two hormones in it, 30 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol (a kind of oestrogen) and 3 milligrams of drospirenone (a kind of progesterone). The pills are round, yellow and have the words ‘DO’ engraved on one side.
Yasmin works by making it hard for a sperm to reach an egg inside your womb. And it also makes it harder for a fertilised egg to grow inside your womb. You take Yasmin once a day at the same time for 3 weeks in a row, then you take 7 days off.
Yasmin has mixed reviews – on Drugs.com, Yasmin has a 6.7/10 user review score for improving acne and a 5/10 score for Yasmin as a contraceptive pill. On the other hand, patients who order pills like Yasmin through our service have given it a 4.8/5 score on TrustPilot.
If you’re worried about whether Yasmin is right for you, remember that when you order it, a doctor or nurse will check to make sure it’s safe for you to take. Also, by ordering through Alpha XR Online Doctor, you’ll be able to message one of our doctors through your patient account if you have any problems with your pill.
Yes you can. Contraceptive pills like Yasmin are available for free on the NHS, but some local areas might not prescribe specific brands like Yasmin so you’d need to check. You can go to your local GP surgery or a local sex health, GUM (genitourinary medicine), or contraceptive clinic to order the pill in person. Some surgeries might allow you to order contraceptives online but you need to check your surgery for info on this.
At Alpha XR Online Doctor, we offer a service that allows you to pay for an online consultation for the contraceptive pill and get free, to your-door-delivery on treatments to help make contraception more convenient. You’ll also be able to message a doctor any time through your account for more advice if you need it.
Yasmin can improve acne, but it can also cause it as a side effect. Acne is often related to your hormones and pills like Yasmin will change your hormone levels. Sometimes this means that your acne clears up because of the new hormone levels. Other times though, the new hormone levels actually cause more acne to appear. This varies from person to person because we all naturally have different starting hormone levels.
Yasmin doesn’t make you put on weight – some studies done before Yasmin was approved actually showed a small amount of weight loss when people first started it. But, after following up over 2 years, the patients’ weight went back to normal. On the other hand, there’s no proof linking the contraceptive pill and weight gain.
How can Yasmin affect periods? – Yasmin can make your periods lighter but it can also give you irregular periods. In clinical trials where Yasmin was compared to other combined pills, it had a similar effect on periods as other popular brands. Combined pills like Yasmin have been shown to make periods around 60% less heavy. Spotting (bleeding between periods) usually happens with most pills in the first 2 period cycles, for about 9-14% of people, but will usually stop after this. If you find that you’re getting irregular bleeding after the 3rd month of taking, Yasmin you should talk to your doctor about this.
How can Yasmin affect premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? – it can improve PMS symptoms for some people and it can also help with period pain and menstrual cramps.
Does Yasmin affect the symptoms of PCOS? – yes. Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) often get irregular bleeding, acne, unwanted hair and weight gain. They are often recommended to take the combined pill to help balance their oestrogen levels and their bleeding patterns.
Yasmin has a few possible side effects – some affect more people than others. Below are the side effects Yasmin could cause, grouped by how many people they normally affect.
Common side effects (between 1/10 and 1/100 people get these):
- Breast tenderness or pain
- Bleeding in between periods
Uncommon side effects (between 1/100 and 1/1000 people get these):
- Breasts getting bigger
Rare side effects (between 1/1000 and 1/10000 people get these):
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Skin rashes, like erythema nodosum or erythema multiforme
Please note – not everyone can take Yasmin. If you have any health conditions or other medications that make Yasmin unsafe for you then you won’t be able to get your medication online and you might need to see your GP in person.
Other hormonal options – the hormonal patch or the hormonal coil are two options that work very similarly to pills like Yasmin. They have most of the same benefits as Yasmin but because you don’t take them orally, they’re less likely to give you stomach problems like vomiting or diarrhoea.
Progesterone-only contraception – progesterone-only contraception like the mini pill can still be very effective. Because they don’t have oestrogen in, it means there’s no risk of oestrogen-related side effects and risks. On the other hand you don’t get the benefits of oestrogen either.
Non-hormonal birth control – there is a range of contraceptive options that don’t have hormones in, so you won’t get any hormone side effects. Condoms and other barrier methods also have the benefit of protecting you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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