Questions Remain about the Safety of Yaz and Yasmin


Over the past decade, Yaz and Yasmin have become two of the most popular birth control pills on the market. Currently, Yaz is the best selling birth control pill in the United States. These pills contain a synthetic progestin called drospirenone, which was initially thought to be safer than other forms of progestin. However, there have been several studies published in recent years which claim that dorspirenone can cause a variety of health issues, including:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins)
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Gallbladder disease

These health problems have led to approximately 1,100 defective drug lawsuits against Bayer HealthCare, the pharmaceutical manufacturer that produces Yaz and Yasmin.

However, research on the safety of these birth control pills has produced conflicting opinions. Some studies have indicated that drosperinone does not pose a health risk to women, while others have demonstrated significant increases in safety risks. Currently, additional research is being conducted. Hopefully, the results of these new studies will shed greater insight on the safety of these birth control pills.

For now, women should be aware of the potential risks that may be associated with these drugs and weigh the available information when deciding whether to use Yaz and Yasmin.

Last year, the FDA issued a warning to Bayer for overstating Yaz’s effectiveness in treating PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and acne while downplaying potential safety risks in their advertising. Bayer has adjusted their ads to comply with the FDA’s requests.

Women who are considering taking Yaz or Yasmin should discuss these risks in detail with their doctor and evaluate a variety of alternative contraceptive methods before choosing one to use. If you have suffered an injury as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin, an experienced defective drug lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Written by Andrew Martin: professional blogger and guru of misfortune.