Dangerous Side Effects of Yasmin Birth Control

Family planning is an important part of every family, therefore there are many women who prefer to use birth control pills in helping them prepare until the right time they think they are ready to have a baby. One of the most famous and commonly used birth control pill is Yasmin, and it’s newer version Yaz. Yasmin is a low-dose pill that contains ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, providing a better alternative for other women who experience negative effects from other birth control pills.

Yasmin is an FDA-approved contraceptive, but it can also be used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD, or severe premenstrual syndrome) and acne (acne vulgaris). Even with these benefits, it is still advised to consult your health care provider to ensure that adverse side effects will not affect the women’s health, such as:

  • Jaundice, loss of appetite, or stomach pains
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Pain in the chest or a heavy feeling Ill-feeling in general (nausea, pain spreading to the arm and shoulder, sweating)
  • Migraine headaches which changes in pattern and severity
  • Blood clots (venous thromboembolisms)

There are less serious Yasmin side effects such as breast tenderness, vaginal irritation or discharge, changes in the menstrual cycle, bloating and abdominal cramps. These, however, can be treated with other medications or easily handled by the woman. If severe Yasmin side effects are felt, then it should be stopped and consulting a health care professional should be done as soon as possible.

To ensure that a woman does not have any negative reactions to taking Yasmin, there are some things to consider before doctors recommend this birth control pill to their patients. Smoking, high blood pressure, kidney/liver/adrenal disease, stroke or already existing blood clots, vaginal bleeding or other factors are and should be considered first before being prescribed Yasmin. Because Yasmin can have some reactions to other medications, it is advisable for women over the age of 35 and those who believe they are pregnant to stop taking Yasmin to avoid complicating their health and the health of their possible baby.

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