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Yasminelle is a combined contraceptive pill containing the active ingredients drospirenone and ethinylestradiol.

Our fast and convenient service at ZAVA allows you to obtain a prescription for Yasminelle online.

To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred contraception, such as Yasminelle, Microlite or Yaz.

One of our doctors will check if the contraception is suitable for you and issue your prescription to a local pharmacy in Ireland or your home address. Alternatively, you can choose to have your medication delivered directly to your door.

A consultation for the contraceptive pill prescription costs €21.50

Medical consultation with prescription if appropriate - €21.50
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What is Yasminelle?

Yasminelle is a combined contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy in women who are sexually active. Yasminelle contains the active ingredients drospirenone and ethinylestradiol, which are artificial versions of the natural female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen.

These hormones prevent pregnancy by preventing your monthly egg from being released, and by making it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb. Yasminelle does not protect from STIs like gonorrhoea or HIV.

Yasminelle is taken once a day for 21 consecutive days, after which there is a 7-day ‘break’ period when you do not take any pills. During this time, your body will experience a ‘withdrawal bleed’ that looks like your usual monthly period.

Who can take Yasminelle?

Yasminelle is a contraceptive pill taken by sexually active women for the prevention of pregnancy. It is a medication that must be prescribed by a doctor, who will decide whether it is suitable for you based on your medical history.

You should not take Yasminelle if you:

  • are allergic to any of its ingredients
  • are breastfeeding and have given birth within the last 6 weeks
  • are pregnant
  • have a history of heart attacks or strokes
  • have (or have had) blood clots
  • have (or have had) liver disease
  • have (or have had) breast or genital cancer
  • have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • cannot tolerate certain sugars (Yasminelle contains lactose)
  • have a history of blood clots in your immediate family
  • have a history of migraines with aura
  • have high blood pressure

How do I take Yasminelle?

Swallow your Yasminelle pill whole, without chewing or crushing it. The tablets can be taken with or without food or water, as desired.

In your Yasminelle packet, you will find 21 pills in a blister strip, with each pill marked by a different day of the week. Take 1

pill per day for 21 days in a row, following the corresponding days of the week marked by the arrows along the packet. For example, if you start taking Yasminelle on a Monday, press your first pill through the foil marked ‘MON’.

Try to take your pill at around the same time every day (like just before you go to bed).

After 21 days of taking Yasminelle, you will have a ‘break’ period of 7 days when you take no pills. During this time, you will experience a withdrawal bleed that acts like your usual period but is usually lighter and less unpleasant. Start your next packet of 21 days on the day after this 7-day break period and follow the same pattern.

What if I forget to take a pill?

If you are less than 24 hours late in taking your Yasminelle pill, take the pill as soon as you remember and carry on taking it the next day as usual. You will still be protected against pregnancy.

In case you are more than 24 hours late in taking your pill, but have only missed 1 pill, you can also take the missed pill as soon as you remember and carry on taking it the next day as usual. You will still be protected against pregnancy.

If you have missed more than 1 pill, take the last missed pill as soon as you remember and carry on the next day as usual. Use an extra method of contraception (like condoms) for the next 7 days as you may not be fully protected against pregnancy. Count the number of pills left in your packet and follow these instructions:

7 or more pills left: Take your missed pill as soon as you remember and use condoms when having sex for the next 7 days. When you finish your pack of pills, take your pill free week as normal. You might be pregnant and in need to use emergency contraception if you are in the first week of the pack, you have missed 2 or more pills and you have had sex in the week before you missed the pill.

Less than 7 pills left: Finish the pill pack as usual, but skip your pill free week and start a new pack straight away without a break.

Does Yasminelle cause weight gain or weight loss?

There is no medical evidence to suggest that Yasminelle will make you gain or lose weight. However, everyone will react differently to the contraceptive pill. Most side effects of Yasminelle will only be short term while your body adjusts to the pill.

Can you take Yasminelle as a morning after pill?

You cannot take Yasminelle as a morning after pill. Yasminelle will only prevent you from getting pregnant when taken properly. It will not work after you have had unprotected sex and might be pregnant.

Speak to your nurse, doctor, or pharmacist if you have had unprotected sex and think you could get pregnant. They will be able to prescribe you a morning after pill.

What effect does Yasminelle have on acne?

There is some evidence to suggest that Yasminelle can help improve bad spots or acne. However, this will not be the case for everyone – hormonal medication will only change your acne, if it’s caused by hormonal imbalances.

If you are worried about acne or spots, speak to your doctor about the best oral contraceptive pill for you.

Yasminelle Ingredients

The active ingredients in Yasminelle pills are 0.02 mg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone.

Yasminelle pills also contain maize starch, magnesium stearate, lactose monohydrate, talc, hypromellose, iron oxide red (E172) and titanium dioxide.

Drug interactions with Yasminelle

Always discuss your medical history and any medication you are currently taking with your prescribing doctor before taking Yasminelle. Some medicines may interact negatively with Yasminelle or reduce its effectiveness. These include for example:

  • certain medicines for epilepsy
  • rifampicin or other medicines for TB (tuberculosis)
  • certain medicines for HIV or Hepatitis C
  • some fungal infection medication
  • some medication used to treat arthritis and high blood pressure
  • medicines containing ciclosporin
  • theophylline
  • tizanidine
  • St. John’s Wort herbal remedy

Yasminelle side effects and cautions

Like all medicines, it is possible that you may experience some side effects as a result of taking Yasminelle. Common Yasminelle side effects include:

  • headaches
  • changes in your mood (anxiety, depression, irritability)
  • stomach ache
  • spots or acne (Yasminelle can also improve acne)
  • swollen or tender breasts
  • spotting between bleeds
  • weight gain
  • painful periods

Do not take Yasminelle if you are pregnant. If you think you could be pregnant, take a test or consult your doctor to confirm this immediately. Yasminelle should not be used if you are breastfeeding and have given birth in the last 6 weeks.

Taking Yasminelle slightly increases your chances of getting a blood clot. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following::

  • signs of deep vein thrombosis (swelling in one leg with hot pain and a change in skin colour)
  • signs of a pulmonary embolism (sudden breathlessness, coughing or chest pain, dizziness or fainting)
  • signs of retinal vein thrombosis (blurred or lost vision)
  • signs of a heart attack (chest pain, breathlessness, nausea or dizziness)
  • signs of a stroke (sudden numbness and weakness on one side of the body, loss of consciousness)

In very rare cases, Yasminelle is thought to increase your chances of getting certain diseases. Please read the package leaflet for further information on side effects of the Yasminelle pill.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is an IMC and GMC registered GP who works with our Irish team here at ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training at Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Last reviewed: 23 Mar 2023