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Yasmin is primarily used to prevent pregnancy. This prescription birth control pill works in several ways -- it stops ovulation, alters the cervical mucus, and changes the lining of the uterus. On occasion, a healthcare provider may prescribe the drug in an off-label fashion to treat various conditions. These off-label Yasmin uses include treating acne, PMDD, and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Yasmin Uses: An OverviewYasmin® (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (known technically as an oral contraceptive). The drug is taken by women who want to prevent pregnancy.
There are a variety of different birth control options available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
- Periodic abstinence, sometimes known as natural family planning or the rhythm method -- avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
- Withdrawal -- removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
- Barrier contraceptives -- condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
- Spermicides -- foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
- Combined hormonal contraceptives, which contain a progestin and an estrogen -- most birth control pills, patches, and rings
- Progestin-only contraceptives -- some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
- Surgical sterilization -- tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Some methods of birth control fall into more than one category. For instance, the Today® sponge works as both a barrier contraceptive and as a spermicide. Yasmin falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (drospirenone). Benefits of combined hormonal contraceptives include:
- An effective and relatively easy-to-use birth control method
- Lighter menstrual bleeding
- Regular menstrual cycles
- Less menstrual pain
- A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Yasmin Warnings and Precautions for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
It's important to keep in mind that Yasmin does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Yasmin to prevent transmission of STDs.