are two brand names for a contraceptive composed of drospirenone (a progestrone) and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen). Both Yaz and Yasmin are oral contraceptive pills.  They are used by women for birth control. This combination of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol stops ovulation, that is release of an egg from an ovary in a woman. It also thickens the uterus and cervical lining, causing difficulty in fertilization. Hence it helps in preventing pregnancy.

Yaz and Yasmin are used for other purposes as well. They can be used to treat mild acne in adult women. Yaz and Yasmin can also be used to treat Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) . These symptoms most frequently include anxiety, depression, irritability, lack of concentration, and lack of energy. Sleep or appetite changes, tenderness in breast, joint or muscle pain, headache, and weight gain are other symptoms of PMDD.

Yaz and Yasmin can lead to birth defects in an unborn baby, if taken by a pregnant woman. Hence it is advisable to not use Yaz or Yasmin in pregnancy. A woman should avoid taking Yaz or Yasmin if she has a history of stroke or , circulation problems or a heart valve disorder. Breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, kidney or liver disease, and adrenal gland disorder are other conditions that might dictate that the use of Yaz or Yasmin should be avoided. One should not take Yaz or Yasmin if one has severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills.

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