What is Yaz Birth Control?

All about Yaz Birth Control, Also Known as Yasmin and Ocella

You may have heard of the controversy swirling around Yaz birth control in the news recently. Several patients have claimed that this prescription medication caused dangerous, potentially life-threatening conditions in its patients. Some girls as young as their teens even reported blood clots, and numerous links have been suggested between Yaz and other serious side effects, like hypertension, uterine bleeding, and even potentially deadly effects like heart attacks or strokes. Many patients are looking for a lawyer, sensing that they may able to receive compensation for the negative health effects due to Yaz. In light of all of the controversy surrounding Yaz, the question is raised- is hormonal birth control a safe option? Should women be concerned about other hormonal birth control prescriptions?

Hormonal birth control has been a controversial topic for numerous reasons since it first became widely available in the 1950s. This was the first time that a reliable prescription drug was available to prevent pregnancy with accuracy. Birth control helped fuel the sexual and cultural revolution of the sixties and seventies, as a safe method to prevent pregnancy could now be obtained by every woman, provided she went through a pelvic exam first and obtained a prescription from her doctor.

Mild side effects due to hormonal birth control have always been prevalent. Usually a combination of the naturally produced hormones progesterone and estrogen or their synthetic replacements, pregnancy is prevented either by preventing ovulation or preventing a woman’s egg from fully forming and being eligible for fertilization.

Because hormonal birth control, like Yaz among many others, depends upon a regular, daily dose, some women’s bodies can react negatively to it. Any time the hormone levels in a woman’s body changes, side effects are expected. Mild side effects like irregular periods for a few months, mood swings, and headaches are expected by most women until their bodies become accustomed to the new level of hormones in their bodies, and are usually accepted with no problem.

The controversy over Yaz comes from the links between the prescription drug and serious conditions like blood clots. Some studies indicate that women taking Yaz could be at an increased risk for blood clots by as much as 74%, while women who take some other type of hormonal birth control are only at an increased risk of 22%. Of course, other risk factors can contribute to this condition, especially smoking, and those risks are well documented on the drug’s warning literature. Patients and their families are concerned, however, about the hidden dangers of blood clots. They are extremely difficult to detect until they have caused a serious medical event like a stroke or a pulmonary embolism.

Have you experienced deadly side effects of Yaz Birth Control or Yasmin?

So far, about 10,000 women have filed lawsuits over Yaz and its side effects, especially blood clots. This has been more than enough to cause some concern from the FDA, which is still allowing the drug to be sold on the market. Many patients are concerned about the effects of Yaz. So far, it doesn’t appear that other hormonal birth control medications have similar effects. If you suspect that you are experiencing a dangerous side effect due to your medication, however, you should certainly contact your doctor to see if you need to consider a different drug. If you believe that you have experienced negative, severe side effects due to Yaz or another prescription drug, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. Fill out the form on our site or call us at (888) 541-6262 to receive some initial information about whether you may be eligible for compensation and how to move forward.