Blood clots are dangerous, sometimes deadly occurrences. They may happen in a variety of situations, including surgery, immobilization, pregnancy, and can even result from taking common medications. All birth control pills carry blood-clotting risks. However, birth control pills containing drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol hormone combinations, including Yaz and Yasmin, have been shown to have at least a two-to-threefold risk of injury over other kinds of birth control pills. Below, you’ll find information about the dangers associated with a blood clot from birth control, as well as the symptoms and treatment options.
Why Blood Clots Are Dangerous
While a normal amount of blood clotting is healthy, abnormal blood clots from birth control pills can be problematic. It is thought that the hormones in Yaz and Yasmin, especially drospirenone, directly cause hyper-coagulation, or chemical reactions that cause excessive clotting. In addition, these drugs have reportedly caused an elevation in blood cholesterol leading to blockages in the blood vessels. Major adverse medical events associated with blood clots include:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – a blood clot that forms in the veins of the arms or legs that may block circulation or travel to other locations in the body
- Pulmonary Embolism – a blood clot that travels through the veins to the lungs
- Stroke – a clot that forms in or travels to the brain, interrupting vital blood flow and leading to brain damage
Each of these situations is serious and considered a medical emergency. Permanent disability or death may occur if not treated promptly. Thrombolytic medications, when administered soon enough, can “bust the clot” and greatly limit damage from blood flow disruption. Emergency surgical intervention may also be necessary to remove clots, repair blood vessels, and limit bleeding.
What Are the Symptoms of Blood Clot from Birth Control?
Common symptoms of blood clot associated with DVT, stroke, or pulmonary embolism are:
- Pain, redness, or swelling in one or both legs
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weakness
- Slurred speech
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Loss of coordination
Your doctor should have discussed these blood clot symptoms with you at the time you were prescribed Yaz, Yasmin, or other drospirenone birth control pills. In addition, you most likely should not have been prescribed oral birth control pills if you smoke, are overweight, are over 35 years old, or have cardiovascular, kidney, or liver problems.
Which Birth Control Pills Contain Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol?
There are many popular brands of birth control on the market today that contain drospirenone along with ethinyl estradiol hormones, including:
- Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol
Although these brands are still legally available for use, the FDA has required the manufacturers to change the labeling and advertising associated with these pills. The FDA found that Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz, had marketed the drug inappropriately for off-label uses, like acne and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). In addition, Bayer was accused of underemphasizing the most dangerous risks associated with the pill.
After Suffering a Blood Clot from Birth Control Pills
If you’ve discovered that you or your love one may have suffered a blood clot from birth control pills such as Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Beyaz, or Gianvi, you may be wondering what your options are. In addition to blood clotting problems, these drugs have reportedly caused gall bladder anomalies, dangerous blood potassium levels, psychological issues, and heart attacks. Bayer has already paid millions of dollars in settlements over injuries and deaths linked to their drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol drugs. To learn more about your legal rights, you may want to consult with an attorney.