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Yaz is a contraceptive pill containing the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and drospirenone used to prevent pregnancy in women.

To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Yaz, Microlite or Cilest. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.

Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.

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What is Yaz?

Yaz is a combined contraceptive pill. This means it's a combination of two hormones, in this case drospirenone and ethinylestradiol which, when taken correctly, should prevent unwanted pregnancies. Although primarily prescribed as a contraceptive, Yaz can also be prescribed to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder or to regulate severe and unpredictable periods.

How Does Yaz Work?

Yaz works in a very similar way to most combined contraceptive pills. The hormones in Yaz prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs, so there should be no eggs to fertilize. They also change the makeup of the lining of your uterus, which makes it both harder for sperm to reach the uterus and for a fertilized egg to embed itself in the uterus. If you do release an egg, that egg is fertilized and does not embed itself in the uterus, it will pass through and leave your body.

Will Yaz make my periods lighter?

Yaz, like other contraceptive pills, has been known to make periods lighter, more regular and often less painful. This does not necessarily happen for everyone.

How effective is Yaz?

Yaz is considered to be over 99% effective when taken properly. This percentage may be decreased if you miss pills, vomit, have severe diarrhea or start taking another medicine.

Who can take Yaz?

Yaz is not suitable for everyone and you should always disclose any and all medical conditions to your GP or doctor, whether you're currently taking medication for them or not.

Yaz may not be suitable for you if you have or have had:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clotting disorders, a DVT or similar
  • Diabetes (with complications)
  • Kidney problems or failure
  • Liver cancer or disease
  • Cancer of the ovaries or other reproductive organs
  • Severe migraines

There are other medical conditions which may mean Yaz is unsuitable for you or that will require careful monitoring while using Yaz; please check your patient leaflet for more information.

Yaz can interact with certain medications, causing complications, abnormal reactions or reducing efficacy, so make sure you've told your doctor about anything you're taking, whether prescribed or herbal.

Yaz contains other ingredients besides hormones, one of which is lactose; please check you are not allergic to any of the ingredients before taking Yaz.

Yaz should not be taken by pregnant women, and is not usually recommended to breastfeeding mothers.

Yaz is also not suitable for smokers over the age of 35, as it could increase the risk of a blood clot or thrombosis; this is the case with most combined oral contraceptives.

What effect does Yaz have on acne?

If your acne is caused by hormonal reasons, there’s a good chance Yaz will help make your acne better. However, this isn’t the same for everyone.

Talk to your doctor if acne affects you and want more information on whether or not Yaz is the right contraceptive pill for you.

When do you get your period when you’re on Yaz?

Everyone will react differently to Yaz. Some people will find that their periods stop entirely when they’re on Yaz. Most people will find that their periods are just a lot more regular, lighter and less painful than usual.

It’s also possible to get ‘spotting’ (breakthrough bleeding) in between your periods. This is most common in the first 3 months of using Yaz. Spotting is completely normal, and happens because your body is adjusting to its new hormone cycle.

How do I take Yaz?

Yaz comes in blister strips of 28 pills. Each blister strip contains 24 pale pink pills and 4 white pills. The 24 pink pills are the hormones and the 4 white pills are 'placebo' pills.

Each of the four rows of seven pills should be marked with the days of the week, to help you keep track. Take the tablets in order, swallowing one whole at the same time every day, with water. It does not matter whether you eat or don't eat with the tablet – it should not affect your stomach.

Once you have finished a full monthly cycle of the pale pink pills, you should take a white pill daily for four days. During this time, you should have your 'period' as usual. You should still be protected during this time if you have taken all your tablets correctly. After you have taken all four white pills, begin with the next blister pack of pale pink pills. There should be no gap between pale pink and white pills.

Am I protected straight away after taking Yaz?

If you take Yaz on the first day of your period (day one of your menstrual cycle), you are instantly protected against pregnancy. If you start it later you should use a condom for the first 7 days. If you are switching from another form of contraception (the IUD, injection, implant or another pill) you should also use a condom throughout the first week of Yaz use.

What happens if I miss a pill?

If you miss a single pill and realise within 24 hours of the time you were supposed to take it, take it straightaway and continue with your pill strip – you should still be protected. If you miss more than one pill or you realise more than 24 hours later, consult your patient leaflet for more information.

If you vomit or have severe diarrhea within several hours of taking your tablet, you should also consult your patient information leaflet to find out how to continue with your cycle.

Active Ingredients

The active ingredients in Yaz are ethinylestradiol at a strength of 0.020mg per pink film-coated tablet and drospirenone at a strength of 3mg per pink film-coated tablet.

Other Ingredients

The other ingredients in Yaz tablets are: maize starch, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide red (E172)

What are the side effects of Yaz?

Like all medications, side-effects of Yaz have been reported. These range from the mild, which are reasonably common, to the very severe, which are very rare. Common side effects may include:

  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in weight

Other, more severe side-effects are very rare. They can include, but are not limited to:

  • Skin disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Fungal infections
  • Anaemia
  • Blood clots

If you develop or suspect you are developing any of the above, or if indeed there are any unexpected changes to your health, you should immediately contact a healthcare professional. If any of your symptoms indicate an immediate problem i.e. a heart attack, blood clot etc, don't hesitate to call emergency services.

How effective is Yaz?

Yaz is considered to be over 99% effective when taken properly. This percentage may be decreased if you miss pills, vomit, have severe diarrhea or start taking another medicine.

If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pharmacy Collect

If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.

If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.

Prescription sent by mail

You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.

DrEd Abroad

If you would like to avail of DrEd's services but do not live in Ireland, please be aware that we also operate in:

  • Germany - YAZ
  • Austria - YAZ

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