Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are popular contraceptives, but have been linked to serious side effects. These drugs are marketed under different names, but are chemically identical.
These birth control pills have been very popular, particularly among young women. The giant drug companies that make these drugs has marketed them to young women as having an added benefit of preventing acne and reducing symptoms of PMS. However, Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella have serious health risks and have been linked to deadly side effects including heart attack and stroke.
Women who have taken these birth control pills need to be fully aware of risks and know the warning signs to look out for. Parents need to make sure they understand all of the risks and dangers before letting their daughters take these particular birth control pills.
Why does Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella cause stroke?
The problems lies with the key chemical ingredient in these drugs: Drospirenone. Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella combine estrogen with a synthetic progestin called Drospirenone. No other contraceptive (birth control pill) contains Drospirenone. The combination of chemicals and hormones in Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella has been reported to increase the risk of blood clots by more than 600%
Your body needs to clot blood — and this is a normal function. Blood clotting stops the flow of blood from cuts and creates scabs to stop the bleeding. Inside your body, this process repairs damage to the skin, blood vessels and other body tissues. However, the chemical combinations in Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella can cause abnormal blood clotting. This results in blood clotting when it is unnecessary and inside the blood vessel, vein or artery.
These abnormal blood clots can break away from the blood vessel on which they formed. These clots then travel through the blood stream. If the clots cause a blockage near the heart, it can prevent blood flow from reaching the heart and resulting in a heart attack.
It is also possible for the blood clot to flow through the blood stream to the brain. As it flows, the blood vessels become increasingly smaller and eventually the clot creates a blockage. When the clot forms a blockage in the brain, the result is a stroke. Studies have shown Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella to cause an abnormal number of strokes — even in young women.
When a blood clot blocks the pulmonary artery, it is called a pulmonary embolism (or PE).
You should learn more about Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella side effects and what you can do if you or a loved one has taken these birth control pills.
Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.