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The short answer is, unfortunately, not much.

I have blogged extensively about Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella and the risks they pose to the women who take them. The primary problem with this class of birth control pill is their main ingredient, the synthetic progestin Drospirenone, which when combined with Estrogen (as in these birth control pills) can lead to serious, even deadly, side effects including:

Beyaz Can Cause Same Dangerous Side Effects As Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella

Seemingly in recognition of the problems with Yaz and Yasmin, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals created a “new” product, Beyaz, with a slightly different formulation, but no changes to address the dangerous side effects of its predecessors.

Ironically, the new ingredient in the Beyaz formulation is folic acid (vitamin B9) which is prescribed to pregnant women to prevent complications with the pregnancy and birth defects in their developing baby. While the folic acid provides benefits to the unsuspecting mother and baby if Beyaz was ineffective in its intended function, it certainly does nothing to address the serious health risks caused by the Estrogen/Progestin combination.

According to an online news report last week, results of recent studies were released in the British Log of Medicine in Apr 2011 that looked at groups of women aged 15-46 who were taking birth control pills containing drospirenone as well as levonorgestrel. Users of the birth control medications in those studies that were made up of drospirenone (as are Yasmin and Yaz) provide an increased risk with regard to developing blood clots (venous thromboembolism).

It is time for Bayer to go back to the drawing board and produce a safe and effective birth control pill, rather than putting lipstick on a pig.

[More information on Yaz side effects]

(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison

One Comment

  1. Gravatar for Pessaregol

    What do you think the chances of the women who are suing for gallbladder disease are given that only one study has looked at this issue and really has not found an association?

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