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Potential Side Effects of Yaz Birth Control

New Birth Control May Offer Cutting Edge Side Effects

The country's number-one seller of oral contraceptives will soon release a new pill, I learned this morning while listening to NPR, but women who switch may have to swallow greater risks. Natazia features a form of estrogen never used in birth control and comes from Bayer HealthCare, the company facing serious criticism for its last new contraceptive Yaz.

The NPR story explains that Bayer sold Yaz as more than birth control, claiming it could stop moodiness, fatigue, headaches, and acne. If that sounds too good to be true, it was, and the FDA required Yaz to release a new commercial clarifying its exaggerated claims. But many of the women who switched to Yaz had more serious problems to deal with than skin that never cleared up or headaches that never went away. Yaz users, like one teenager currently suing the drug maker, experienced persistent leg pains and terrible chest pains; at one point her leg went completely numb. A blood clot, which eventually moved to her lung, was to blame.

Blood clots have long been known as a side effect of the pill, but a set of researchers found those taking Yaz had 64 percent greater chance of blood clots than those taking pills that have been around for decades, a worrisome rate considering how many women take it. The NuvaRing has raised similar concerns. Even though the FDA does not significantly consider the potential for increased risks when approving these new methods, you definitely should bring them up when talking to your doctor about switching. And of course, you can also look at nonhormonal birth control options.

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I disagree, Johanna. The commercials say your risks are higher if you smoke and are over 40, which they are, but don't say there is no risk. All birth control packets come with information on side effects, people just choose not to read them. I don't blame pill companies for the problems I had while on the pill, it was a risk I took. I think misleading is common, but it's important for people to stop blaming others and being proactive. I just opened an old pack of BC I have. The information is right there, all of it. It's detailed too. One of the topics is "Risks of Taking Oral Contraceptives" and the main topics are: Risk of Developing Blood Clots, Heart attacks and strokes, gallbladder disease, liver tumors, cancer of the breast and reproductive organs, and lipid metabolism and inflammation of the pancreas. It even gives a table of "Annual Number of birth-related or method-related deaths associated with control of fertility per 100,000 nonsterile women." Plus, warning signals to pay attention to while taking the pill. Another major topic: Side effects of oral contraceptives. This paper is the size of a map, front and back. It probably takes 10 minutes to read, it's not ridiculous.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I feel exactly the same way Weffie. The commercials for legal representation based on claims like this make me want to throw something at the TV.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 7 years
I heard this story this morning as well! Its always tempting to switch to something trendy (solely due to excellent advertisements, as the NPR credited its popularity to), but I'm so glad I stick to the classic ortho-cyclen. It works just fine, and has for decades!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Good to know. I'm looking into getting the Essure procedure done because I'm fairly certain I do not want children and I'm sick of hormonal birth control. Either that or we get my husband a vasectomy.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Agree, Weffie. I took Yasmin and ended up severe stomach pains after eating (no matter when I took it). It went on for months because I didn't connect the pain to the Pill (it was the first one I ever took). Within a week of stopping that pill, the pain went away. I never tried Yaz because of this. I stopped the pill altogether because of the side effects, it wasn't worth it.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I'm the same way, Bella. No hormonal BC for me, period.
weffie weffie 7 years
I don't understand how you can sue because of a side effect that you were warned about right on the packaging, duh... An undeserved legal settlement is the new American dream!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Wow. I hadn't heard about this -- good post, Fit. Yaz was the last pill I ever went on, and after having CRAZY cycles for a few months, I swore off hormonal birth control for good. I'm much happier being off hormones, but every woman is different.
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