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I am 18 years old. Is it fine to take Elvina for Yasmin as birth control pill?

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Dr. Uzma Arqam

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At August 20, 2018
Reviewed AtDecember 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am 18 years and I have been taking the birth control pill Yasmin for three months now. Today, I went to the pharmacy to go get another three months supply of Yasmin but the pharmacist gave me Elvina and told me it was the equivalent to Yasmin but I am worried to take Elvina because my body is used to taking Yasmin. I am wondering will it be fine to take this?

Answered by Dr. Uzma Arqam

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is nice to hear from you that you are concerned about medication type before its use. You are a teenager, still under development stage of the reproductive system. Yasmin (Drospirenone) already you used and are satisfied as well. Elvina is also a combination of two hormones (Drospirenoneone, Ethinyl Estradiol and folate). It has been used for premenstrual syndrome, patients need folate, teenagers above 15 years of age with acne, etc.

It is up to you either you want to continue with Yasmin or Elvina. But consider one point regarding contraceptives that it is better to avoid similar contraceptive for a long time to reduce side effects like short term and long term like mood variations, cycles irregularity, headache, high blood pressure, stroke, clot formation, endometrial hyperplasia, and breast cancer, etc. The side effects differ in each individual. You can exchange Elvina if you want for your satisfaction as both of these drugs are combinations of hormones with more or less similar side effects.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Uzma Arqam
Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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