Yasmin Birth Control Pills

The birth control pill Yasmin® (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a combined oral contraceptive that contains both an estrogen and a progestin. It works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries) and altering the cervical mucus (making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus) and the lining of the uterus (making it less receptive to an embryo).
Yasmin is taken by mouth once a day. Each pack of Yasmin contains 28 pills that must be taken in order. It is very important to take these birth control pills every day and at the same time each day. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Yasmin. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and easy to treat. Common side effects of Yasmin include, but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual problems or changes
  • Breast pain
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Nausea.
(Click Yasmin for more tips on taking the pill, to learn about the effectiveness of this method of contraception, and for information on how this drug is different from other oral contraceptives.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD