Yaz, a product of the Bayer Company, is one of the top-selling birth control pills on the market. Women, visiting their gynecologists during their annual exam, may be persuaded to try the pill as a birth control alternative, but is there something that doctors aren’t sharing with their patients? Women, if considering taking Yaz or already take the pill, should be aware of the dangerous side effects as well as the fact the Yaz is currently the subject of a mass lawsuit in which the product is being investigated for causing serious injury to many women.
Yaz (Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol) is an oral birth control pill that is also often prescribed for women who suffer from the premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) or to treat moderate acne in women over the age of 14. The wide usage and popularity of the pill may make it seem “safer” than other birth control alternatives, but there are many side effects that women should consider when making the decision to use Yaz.
According to MayoClinic.com, Yaz should not be taken by teenage women (before the start of menstruation) nor by elderly women. Women who may be pregnant, who plan on becoming pregnant, or breastfeed should also avoid Yaz as there have been reported cases of fetal and infant abnormalities due to traces of the drug in the mother’s body. Before taking Yaz, women should discuss the dangers of drug interactions with their doctor as there are at least 50 prescription and over-the-counter drugs that should not be used (or used with caution) while taking Yaz. In addition to drug interactions, certain foods, caffeine, and tobacco usage should be monitored due to dangerous side effects and interactions.
Considering the variety of side effects, many severe, women may reconsider using Yaz for their birth control choice. Women should know their medical history and discuss it with their doctor, as many side effects are related to and can worsen medical issues including breast cancer (and other types of cancers), circulatory disorders, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and numerous additional medical conditions. At the official Yaz website, women are warned of the dangers of Yaz; the severe side effects including blood clots, persistent leg pain (a warning sign for a blood clot), trouble breathing, partial and temporary blindness, weakness or numbness in arms or legs, and trouble speaking (warning signs of a stroke). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns that women who smoke cigarettes, especially over the age of 35, should avoid using Yaz, as all severe side effects can be at a heightened risk. All complications, whether frequent or severe, can contribute to increased health problems and in some cases can be related to sudden death in many women who take Yaz.
Yaz is proven to be a dangerous and risky birth control alternative and the number of lawsuits against the Bayer Corporation continues to grow. Women, who consider taking Yaz or who already take the drug, should pay attention to the growing risks. Patients who have suffered severe side effects or have an increase in health problems should consider hiring a lawyer who specializes in cases against Bayer’s Yaz. Most importantly, women should discuss all medical information and concerns with their doctors, in order to make a choice that is best for them.