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Understanding Yaz and Yasmin

The latest buzzwords in oral contraceptives is what is called 4th generation COCs (combined oral contraceptives) of which Yaz and Yasmin are part of. These are the newer formulas for contraception and considered to be generally safer and more effective than older oral contraceptives. However, 12,000 women waiting to have their voices heard in civil court would disagree.

Few people accept at face value that Yaz and Yasmin are bad, and should be avoided completely without knowing what the studies actually say. There are a couple of basic facts about Yaz and Yasmin which, as with most things, are doubled-edged swords which can slice either way.

Fact one: The active ingredients of Yaz and Yasmin are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. These two components work in tandem to prevent ovulation and regulate the menstrual cycle. This is good news for women who want to avoid pregnancy, suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder, are plagued by moderate acne, or any combination of the three.

However, drospirenone retains potassium, is a problem for women with a history of liver or kidney disorder, or who are already on drugs which also retain or supplement potassium. An excess of potassium in the blood can lead to hyperkalemia, which can in turn result in cardiac and a host of other health problems. Ethinyl estradiol on the other hand increases the ability of the body to coagulate blood, which can be a problem with women with high blood pressure, who smoke, or older than 35 because of the increased risk of spontaneous bleeding and abnormal formation of blood clots. This can lead to stroke, heart attack or deep vein thrombosis.

Fact two: Yaz and Yasmin are highly effective as oral contraceptives even with less than perfect use, and are often recommended for new users. It also reduces the risk for developing ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, and lower blood loss.
However, Yaz and Yasmin side effects are believed to be more likely and more severe in the first year of use, so new users are at a higher risk. While serious side effects are rare with proper use, it can still happen and at any time.

The bottom line is this: Yaz and Yasmin are both useful and harmful, depending on how it is used. Bayer HealthCare, the defendant in thousands of personal injury cases concerning Yaz and Yasmin, neglected to inform the public about how the products can be used safely. Women who have experienced these side effects may be able to file a defective pharmaceutical lawsuit in search of compensation for the medical costs associated with their side effects.