Since they were first introduced to the world in 2001 both Yaz and Yasmin have been one of the nations most popular choice of birth control for millions of women. When they were first released the drugs passed all tests, inspections, and clinical trials and were deemed safe both for the short term and long term use, unfortunately recent research suggests that these 2 drugs and possibly others like it could increase the risks for blood clots.
The development of blood clots in the body can lead to much more serious conditions such as strokes, pulmonary embolism, and even deep vein thrombosis. The issue for concern lies in studies released by the British Medical Journal as well as the United States Food & Drug Administration that show a sharp and startling increase in the risks of blood clots in women who have taken Yaz or Yasmin. In addition to these new studies the FDA has also released a statement saying it has received various reports of severe injury and in some cases even death in people who have taken the either of the drugs.
These recent developments are alarming since Yaz and Yasmin were originally designed to avoid the common side effects of traditional birth control but since it’s FDA approval in 2001 the government has had to issue warning letters in 2003, 2008, and as recently as 2009 advising women of the potential risks associated with the drug. In 2011 a new FDA study composed of nearly 100,000 women who were taking oral contraceptives the government found that women taking drugs like Yaz were at a 75% higher risk of developing blood clots than women who were on traditional birth control.
Yaz Side Effects
Some common symptoms of blood clots associated with Yaz include but is not limited to:
Pain in the back of your lower legs
Loss or deterioration of vision
Blurred and double vision
Swelling in the arms, legs, or neck.
Sudden and severe headaches
Sharp chest pain
Coughing and sneezing blood
As a result of these alarming developments and new research the makers of Yaz, Bayer, have agreed to offer financial compensation to women who have experienced any of the severe side effects of taking Yaz. Women who believe that they may have a legitimate claim are encouraged to seek professional legal help in order to move their case forward. Bayer has setup a settlement fund dedicated to women who have taken Yaz and most cases are generally settled out of court. Bayer has already paid out more than $400 million in settlements and legal/health experts suggest that Bayer could end up paying more than $2 billion in settlements due to Yaz injuries.