There are three types of birth control pills: monophasic, in which all of the 21 active pills contain the same level of hormones, biphasic, in which the 21 active pills contain two different levels of estrogen and progestin, and triphasic in which the 21 active pills contain three different doses of hormones, and the dose changes every seven days. In terms of safety and effectiveness, the different types are fairly interchangeable, however many doctors will recommend the monophasic pills because of their consistency--if you miss a pill there is not so much confusion involved. Yasmin is considered a monophasic type of birth control pill; other brand names include: Alesse, Brevicon, Demulen, Desogen, Levlen, Loestrin, Norinyl, Ortho-Cept, Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho-Novum and Yaz.
Other Uses for Yasmin
Other than a birth control pill, Yasmin is prescribed for the emotional and physical symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women who choose to use an oral contraceptive for contraception. It has also been prescribed for the treatment of moderate acne vulgaris, in women who are at least 14 years of age, have no contraindications to oral contraceptives and have started their periods.
Who Should NOT Take Yasmin
Yasmin contains drsp, a different type of hormone that can increase potassium too much in some women. If you have kidney, liver or adrenal disease, you should definitely not take Yasmin as it could cause serious heart and health problems. If you are on a daily long-term treatment for a chronic condition such as cardiovascular disease or chronic inflammatory disease, you should not take Yasmin. If you take any of the following drugs, you should have your potassium levels checked in the first month of taking Yasmin: NSAIDs, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, potassium-sparing diuretics, ACE inhibitors, Cozaar, Diovan, Avapro, or heparin. As with any birth control pill, women over 35 or those who smoke should talk to their doctors before taking Yasmin.
Typical Side Effects of Yasmin
Frequent side effects of Yasmin include headaches, menstrual disorders, breast pain, stomach pain, nausea, vaginal discharge, flu syndrome, acne, vaginal yeast infection, depression, diarrhea, weakness, painful menstrual period, back pain, infection, sore throat, bleeding between menstrual periods, migraine, vomiting, dizziness, nervousness, vaginal infection, sinus infection, bladder infection, bronchitis, inflammation of the intestines and stomach, allergic reaction, urinary tract infection, itching, mood swings, rash, upper respiratory infection, weigh gain, or suspicious Pap smear.
Yasmin and the FDA
Yasmin, marketed by Bayer, has been on the market since 2001, yet has been subject to a higher than normal degree of medical questioning, due to the higher incidence of side effects than shown in other oral contraceptives. Women have related persistent complaints of depression, mood swings and general emotional turmoil, that, in most cases, ceases when the drug is discontinued. There have additionally been a high number of strokes incurred by women using Yasmin. Several lawsuits have been filed against Bayer by women either affected by stroke or severe emotional mood swings, yet Bayer has kept Yasmin on the market claiming no more significant impact than any other contraceptive on the market. In 2008 the FDA stepped in, cautioning about possible cases of pancreatitis associated with Yasmin. The complaints against Yasmin keep rolling in, and they are far more numerous and severe than complaints regarding other contraceptives. The drug in Yasmin has a slightly different biochemical variation than most oral contraceptives, leading many liability lawyers to associate this variation with the serious problems women are reporting.