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Yasmin not working, what are alternative options?

I had a diagnostic laparscopy in September and had my appendix removed due to appendicitis and also had endo removed (mild to moderate). Ive been much worse pain and period wise since surgery. Wasn't aware I had endo, put my symptoms down to bad luck with periods. I was put on Yasmin after surgery to take for 3 months straight but I've had nearly a constant period the whole time (around 7 weeks). Is it possible that Yasmin just doesn't suit me and another pill would? My doctor wants me to get the coil fitted but I really don't want to as I've heard the procedure itself is awful and the coil doesn't work for alot of people making symptoms worse. I'm 19 and any stories I've found of people similar in age have had awful experiences with the coil. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi Purple001,

I’m sorry you’re having a rough time! I’m surprised you’re allowed to be on Yasmin with Endometriosis. I wanted to go back on Yasmin after I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and the doctor wouldn’t let me because Yasmin has a high level of the hormone which fuels the growth of Endometriosis. Maybe that could be affecting you?

Maybe ask your doctor about other pills that are more suitable with lower levels of hormones? My doctor has said I can try Microgynon and Marvelon I think.

I have also decided to avoid the coil due to a previous bad experience with it so I’m trying the different types of pills first but I do know people who like the coil so it can work for some.

I hope that helps! xx


Hey! I used to be on Yasmin when I was about 15 or 16. It definitely didn’t help me.

I’m 21 now and after a lot of trial and error between birth control pills, I finally found one called tri-linyah that helps me! Perhaps you could try something like that?


Hi, thank you both for your replies and advice! I'll ask about trying a different pill the next time I see my doctor, I hadn't realised that Yasmin was bad for endometriosis? Maybe because mine is mild to moderate it was ok for me to take it


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