Yasmin Risks

Yasmin® (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill that is taken once a day to help prevent pregnancy. There are certain risks with Yasmin that you should be aware of before starting this oral contraceptive.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with Yasmin. In clinical studies, common side effects that were reported with this oral contraceptive (occurring in more than 1 percent of women) included menstrual changes or problems, headaches, and breast pain. While most side effects of Yasmin are minor are do not require medical attention, some are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider, including chest pain, sudden vision changes, or migraines.
It is also important to know that combined oral contraceptives (such as Yasmin) increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. However, these risks are minimal for healthy, young nonsmokers. Yasmin and other hormonal contraceptives can also worsen gallbladder disease and depression, increase your blood pressure, and cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
(Click Yasmin Side Effects and Yasmin Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential risks with Yasmin, to find out what medical conditions you should tell your healthcare provider about before starting this drug, and for information on who should not use this method of birth control.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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