Birth Control Death FAQs

The sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one is tragic, especially when it could have been avoided. After the initial shock subsides, you may want an explanation for what happened. In cases of birth control death, the connection between drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol and fatal events is very real. Below, you’ll find answers to your questions about the fatal complications associated with drospirenone birth control pills.

Q: Which birth control pills contain drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol?

A number of popular birth control pills contain drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol hormones, including:

  • Beyaz
  • Drospirenone and ethynil estradiol
  • Gianvi
  • Loryna
  • Ocella
  • Safyral
  • Syeda
  • Yasmin
  • Yaz
  • Zarah

Q: What does the FDA say about these birth control pills and deaths?

Although medicines containing drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol remain on the market, the FDA has taken significant action against Bayer, the maker of Yaz and Yasmin, and other birth control manufacturers. The FDA accused Bayer of producing misleading advertisements for Yaz and inadequately warning users of the dangers associated with the product. In addition, the FDA requires all manufacturers of drospirenone birth control pills to include black box warnings on their packaging. These are the FDA’s most serious warning labels.

Q: What are the most serious side effects of Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella?

The most dangerous side effects from Yaz and similar drugs are related to blood clots that interrupt oxygen delivery to vital organs and tissues. Adverse events leading to birth control death include:

  • Stroke – a blood clot that causes brain damage
  • Heart attack – a blood clot in a heart vessel causing cell death and cardiac failure
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – a blood clot in the legs that may travel to lungs
  • Pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lung resulting in oxygen starvation

Q: How can I spot a potential problem?

Stroke, heart attack, DVT, and pulmonary embolism usually have obvious symptoms, but the severity may vary from person to person. Frequent signs and symptoms of these cardiovascular/pulmonary problems include:

Stroke

  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble walking
  • Sudden headache
  • Inability to move arms, legs or face (usually on one side)
  • Visual disturbances

Heart attack

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, squeezing, or tightening
  • Discomfort in one or both arms, the neck, and jaw
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

DVT

  • Pain in the leg
  • Warmth and redness in affected area
  • Swelling
  • Seeing or feeling a lump in your leg
  • Fatigue in affected leg

Pulmonary embolism

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood or bloody mucus
  • Sudden weakness or collapse
  • Feeling of anxiety or panic
  • Sweating
  • Rapid or fluttering heartbeat
  • Sharp chest pains, especially when breathing and coughing

Q: Is death from birth control pills preventable?

All hormonal birth control pills have potential risks. To avoid birth control death some people choose not to take them at all, and use other methods of contraception. Otherwise, it is important to discuss any current medications you are on with your doctor, as well as health conditions you currently have, your lifestyle, and even the foods you eat. You shouldn’t take Yaz or similar birth control pills if you have the following pre-existing conditions:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart, blood or circulation problems
  • pregnancy, or planned pregnancy
  • liver or kidney disease
  • eye problems
  • certain cancers
  • smoker over 35 years old
  • history of jaundice
  • severe migraine headaches

Other issues, including body weight, cholesterol levels, and mental status may indicate that drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol birth control pills are not right for you. Your doctor can help you decide whether this type of birth control is right for you.

Q: What can I do in an emergency situation?

Stroke, heart attack, DVT, and pulmonary embolism are all emergency situations and require immediate medical treatment. You should call 9-1-1 if you notice any of the symptoms described here. The operator may give you instructions to increase survival, such as taking aspirin for a heart attack. Do not attempt to drive yourself or a loved one to the hospital. Ambulance personnel can begin lifesaving treatments to prevent birth control death. Oxygen administration, CPR, or defibrillation can be performed on the scene or during transport.