FDA approved since 2001, Yaz is a 24/4 birth control pill that is made up of drospirenone and ethinyl. In a 24/4 pill cycle, the first 24 pills are active with the hormones while the final four pills are placebos that, when taken, allow for menstruation (due to the absence of hormones in these pills).
Yaz (and other drospirenone contraceptive pills, such as Yasmin and Ocella) has been reported to cause some serious, potentially fatal health problems. To reduce the risk of developing such Yaz side effects, it’s essential that women talk to their doctor and discuss their complete medical history before starting a course of Yaz.
Problems & Complications with Yaz Birth Control
Serious Yaz birth control side effects may include:
- Blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots in the body’s deep veins that interfere with healthy circulation
- Breast lumps
- Gallbladder (and other digestive) problems
- Heart attack
- Hyperkalemia, dangerously high levels of potassium in the blood
- Liver or kidney damage
- Pulmonary embolism (PE), life-threatening blood clots in the lungs
If you’re taking Yaz and show signs of health problems or complications, you should meet with your doctor to rule out severe health conditions. Those with the highest risk of developing such severe Yaz side effects include women who are over the age of 35, who smoke and/or those who have a history of heart attack, stroke, adrenal gland disorders, liver or kidney disease and/or hormone-dependent cancers.
Are You Having Issues with Yaz?
If you or someone you know has experienced health problems while taking Yaz, you should speak with a lawyer to find out of you have a claim against Bayer. Our attorneys have been investigating lawsuits on behalf of women who have been injured by Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella and can help you.