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"Does Yasmin birth control have any negative side effects?"

ZocdocAnswersDoes Yasmin birth control have any negative side effects?


I am a 25 year old.


Yasmin is a type of combination oral contraceptive. This particular formulation contains 3 mg of drospirenone and 30 mg of ethinylestradiol. They are both analogs (similar to) of natural human hormones. Drospirenone is an analog of progesterone while ethinylestradiol is an analog of estrogen. Like all other types of oral birth control, it comes with certain risks that most women find acceptable in exchange for the advantages of the pill. Probably the most significant negative side effect is the increased risk of blood clots. For the majority of women, the pill does not increase this risk to a level that is significant enough to deter its use. This is not the case for women who have other risk factors for blood clots. For example, women with certain genetic disorders which increase clotting, and women who smoke may have an unacceptable blood clot risk while on birth control such as Yasmin. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or OBGYN, whoever you see for you birth control prescriptions. Discuss the issue of adverse effects especially as it pertains to the increase risk of blood clots. If you have no other additional reasons to get blood clots, the most likely the pill is safe for you.

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