How to take Yasmin
Each pack of Yasmin comes with 21 pills in a blister strip. Take the pills containing hormones for three weeks and then have a seven day break, which is when you’ll have your period. Bleeding might be spotty and light compared to your normal period.
You can take it with a small meal or snack if you experience nausea when taking it on an empty stomach.
When can I start taking Yasmin?
If you haven’t used hormonal birth control in the last month, you should take your first Yasmin tablet on the first day of your period. You’ll be immediately protected against pregnancy. You can also start taking it on days two to five of your period, but you should use a condom for the first seven days whilst the treatment becomes effective.
What should I do if I miss a Yasmin pill?
If you’ve forgotten to take your pill, and less than 12 hours have passed, just take the missed pill as soon as you remember it. You shouldn’t see any reduction in its effectiveness. If it’s been more than 12 hours, your protection against pregnancy might be reduced.
If you forget a pill during the first week, take it as soon as you remember (even if that means taking two at the same time). You should then use a condom for the next seven days to remain fully protected. If you forget a pill during the second week, take it as soon as you remember (even if that means taking two at the same time).
If you forget a pill during the second week, take it as soon as you remember, even if you have two pills on the same day or at the same time, then carry on taking them as normal. In this instance, your protection shouldn’t be reduced if you’ve only missed one pill.
If you forget a pill during the third week, either:
- take the pill as soon as you remember and start a new pack (instead of having seven pill-free days); or:
- start your seven day pill free break right away. If you want to start your next pack on the specific day you normally start it, do this so that your pill free break is less than seven days.
If you’ve forgotten more than one pill in your pack, we recommend getting in touch with our clinician, who will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Medically reviewed by
Dr Daniel Atkinson
GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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