Yaz is a combination oral contraceptive. It contains drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, which work together to prevent pregnancy. Drospirenone is a new drug, so contraceptives that include it are considered fourth-generation birth control pills.
Drugs made with Drospirenone + Estrogen
Because they all include drospirenone, the side effects and effectiveness of Yaz, Beyaz, Yasmin, and Ocella are similar. All four drugs have the same dangers. This article is about Yaz because it was so widely used, but Beyaz, Yasmin, and Ocella cause the same problems. Yaz was one of the best-selling birth control pills in the US. Many women in the US switched to Yaz when it came out, hoping that it would help with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and acne. They did not know that switching to Yaz could kill them.
Yaz and other drugs containing drospirenone can cause a variety of side effects. Some of them are unpleasant, and some are potentially fatal. In addition to the risk of weight gain, depression, and nausea, Yaz can cause life-threatening conditions.
Dangerously high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) are one risk of taking Yaz. Hyperkalemia can be fatal: in some cases it leads to heart attacks and liver problems.
Yas also causes dangerous blood clots (thromboembolism). All hormonal birth control increases the risk of blood clots, but most studies agree that Yaz causes a higher risk of blood clots than other hormonal birth control pills.
Blood Clots (Thromboembolism)
Blood clots can block blood flow to an entire area or break loose and travel to another part of the body, such as the brain, heart, or lungs. Blood clots can cause permanent damage and death if they block a vein or artery.
When the brain’s supply of blood is decreased, rapid brain damage occurs. This is called a stroke. Yaz increases the risk of strokes because travelling blood clots can get stuck in a vein or artery that supplies the brain with blood and cause a stroke.
Strokes can Result in:
- Physical disabilities
- Psychiatric conditions such as depression
A pulmonary embolism happens when a blood clot blocks an artery in the lung. This starves the lung of oxygen and can result in death or permanent lung damage caused by oxygen deprivation. Yaz increases the risk of pulmonary embolism because it increases the risk of blood clots. If you took Yaz and experienced a pulmonary embolism, it may have been due to the elevated risk of blood clots from Yaz.
Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)
Yaz increases the risk of heart attacks in two ways. Both blood clots and hyperkalemia, or high potassium, can cause heart attacks.
Hyperkalemia can cause heart attacks because excessive potassium levels hurt the muscles of the heart. This leads to arrhythmias, or abnormal heartbeat, and heart attacks. Blood clots can cause heart attacks when a blood clot blocks a coronary artery. This starves the heart of oxygen and kills or damages heart tissue. Heart attacks are very serious. A heart attack can be fatal, or cause permanent damage to the heart muscle. This causes heart failure and leads to an increased risk of additional heart attacks. Yaz may have permanently damaged your heart.
The Makers of Yaz
Yaz, Beyaz, and Yasmin are made by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Consumer groups, scientists, doctors, and the FDA have all raised concerns about how Bayer tested and advertised Yaz. When Yaz was first released to the market in the US, Bayer pushed the new birth control as a cure for all uncomfortable aspects of the menstrual cycle. Yaz was portrayed as a wonder-drug that could fix PMS, cramps, and a host of other symptoms that Yaz had never been approved to treat. The commercials also downplayed the serious effects that Yaz can have on the heart.
In 2008, the FDA issued a warning letter to Bayer Pharmaceuticals about the aggressive, misleading advertising that Bayer used to push Yaz as way to make women’s lives more comfortable. The FDA required Bayer to run corrections stating the actual uses and risks of Yaz.
However, many women had already switched to Yaz, hoping for relief of menstrual discomfort and acne in addition to effective birth control. Millions of women continued to take Yaz.
Then the FDA found out that Yaz increased the risk of blood clots more than other forms of hormonal birth control. The FDA called for a large-scale investigation into the safety of Yaz, which confirmed the FDA’s fears.
Yaz puts women at a higher risk of blood clots and the health disasters that blood clots cause. Because so many women took Yaz, many women suffered due to blood clots caused by Yaz. Thousands of women have been hurt by Bayer’s failure to warn them of the risks of choosing Yaz. If you were harmed by Yaz, you are not alone. More than 12,000 Yaz lawsuits have been filed against Bayer.
If you took Yaz and had a:
- Blood clot
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack
You have rights. Because Bayer Pharmaceuticals broke the law, you could be eligible for funds to cover your medical costs.