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CEC523
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My gynecologist gave me a bunch of samples of Yasmin. I have always taken the one with DRSP in it, but never knew what that meant. One of the boxes of pills he gave me is just plain Yasmin 28 - no DRSP. I looked up DRSP and found that it is a progestin. I'm just wondering if it matters for my birth control. Is the DRSP a big deal and should I just not take that specific pack?
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Heather
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Nearly all BCPs contain progestin: it's one of the group of synthetic hormones which is most commonly used in BCPs.

"Plain" Yasmin 28, looking at its ingredients, also uses DRSP (Drospirenone) as well as Ethinyl Estradiol , it's just not listed using that terminology.

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I have a very similar question -- I've been sitting around watching TV for the past few nights, and I keep seeing the Yasmin commercials bragging about DRSP. Why are they making a big deal about it? What's the difference?

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Heather
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You know, I really don't know. Honestly, I'd be willing to bet that you're looking at plain old marketing strategy: give something a catchy name or acronym, make people curious, sell more product.

BCPs are a profit-based business, and big business, at that, so they're no more inclined not to do standard marketing ploys than anyone else.

I've not seen and am not finding now, ANY real health information to suggest that any new/special benefits have been found with drospirenone, specifically, but I am finding info that appears to show that that specific synthetic is proprietary to the manufacturer (in which case, to protect trademakrs and patents, they would want to make a big deal of strongly branding the name). I have found a PR announcement which claims that specific progestin causes less water retention and weight gain, but I'm not seeing real data/study on that in looking around.

(There's similar advertising by another BCP company for shorter periods, which -- ofeensively, in my book -- includes a shot of a boyfriend being more snuggly and happy about his partner taking that BCP.)

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