What Is Yaz?

Learn what Yaz is in this Howcast video about birth control.

Transcript

Yaz is a combined birth control pill that has both estrogen and drospirenone. You may not be familiar with the name drospirenone, but it causes the same effect on the lining of the uterus as progesterone, but the medication is different. If you are considering Yaz as a form of birth control, talk to your doctor or your nurse practitioner. Although it is a slightly different formulation than your everyday birth control pill, it is equally as effective as the birth control pills you're familiar with.

Some of you may be wondering what is the difference between Yaz and Yasmin. More importantly, what is the difference between Yaz, Yasmin, and the birth control pills that you may be taking? Yaz and Yasmin have estrogen, just like the regular birth control pills you're familiar with. The difference is that the Yaz and the Yazmin have drospirenone. That component of the birth control pill is different than the regular birth control pills you may be familiar with.

The difference between the Yaz and the Yasmin, however, although they both contain estrogen and drospirenone, the balance between estrogen and progesterone are different and the amount of active pills versus placebo pills are also different.

If you are considering Yaz and Yasmin as a form of birth control pills for you, you may want to talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about the difference between the Yaz and Yasmin. They're both equally as effective as the regular birth control pills that you're familiar with, but it may be a better birth control option for you.

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