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Yasmin / Yaz Birth Control Lawsuit

| Dec 28, 2010 | Yaz Birth Control

Yasmin (Yaz / Ocella)

Yasmin is an oral contraceptive and is a synthetic spironolactone analogue known in the medical world as drospirenone.  Because of the nature of how this birth control pill functions in the body many women have been reporting mild to severe YAZ side effects from taking Yasmin.  Ocella is the generic version and is also a drospirenone.  Ocella side effects are the same as Yasmin.  YAZ, which was approved by the FDA in 2006, and Yasmin, which was approved in 2001, are oral contraceptives that combine estrogen and a fourth generation progestin to prevent pregnancy. They are also used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and certain types of moderate acne in women. While the two birth control pills are not exactly the same, they are very similar. They both contain the novel progestin component, drospirenone, which is a diuretic that has the potential to significantly increase a risk of increased potassium levels which can lead to both gallbladder damage and blood.  Below is a picture of a Yasmin pill pack:

Yasmin Side Effects & Health Risks

  • blood clots in the legs (DVT)
  • blood clots in the lungs (Pulmonary embolism)
  • stroke
  • heart attack
  • gall bladder disease
  • pancreatitis

Yaz Blood Clots

Yaz blood clot problems including DVT and PE is a serious Yaz side effect reported by women using this fourth-generation birth control pill. Many women with no family history of blood clots have suffered from life threatening injuries involving clots. The type of hormones in birth control pills can increase the risk of developing blood clots which can lead to serious problems especially if they are not diagnosed early. After having a blood clot many women are then faced with life-changing side effects including: being on blood thinners, pain in the area of the clot, future pregnancy problems, and increased risk of developing another clot.

Yaz Stroke

Yaz strokes are serious Yaz side effects reported by women using this fourth-generation contraceptive. There are two main types of strokes: ischemic stroke (caused by blockage) and hemorrhagic stroke (caused by bleeding). Women who are otherwise healthy with no prior stroke problems have experienced life threatening events involving a stroke where no other health issues exist. One of the serious risks with Yaz birth control and other fourth-generation contraceptives is the increased chance of developing a blood clot which can lead to a stroke or heart attack. After having a stroke many women are then faced with life-changing side effects including: permanent loss of movement, difficulty communicating, and permanent loss of brain functions.

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