Yaz is a combination medication combining progesterone (drospirenone) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) which is used as a birth control pill preventing ovulation. As well as being used as a contraception, Yaz can also be used to treat acne in females over 14 who have started their menstrual periods and to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) including anxiety, depression and others.
Yaz works by preventing the release of an egg during your menstrual cycle. Yaz also causes changes to your cervical mucus and uterine lining which can make it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common Yaz side effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following Yaz side effects:
Q: Why do I have 28 pills when the pack size says 24?
A: Your pack should contain 24 pills containing active medication and 4 reminder pills which do not contain hormones. Take an active pill once daily for 24 days and then take your reminder pills once daily for 4 days. You should have your period within three days after taking the last active tablet. After taking your last reminder pill, start a new pack the next day.
Q: What should I avoid while taking Yaz?
A: You should not smoke while taking Yaz, especially if you are older than 35.