Yasmin Side Effects

Yasmin, as both the FDA and Drugs.com remind the reader, is a birth control drug (parent company Bayer) that prevents ovulation and “toughens” (i.e., shrinks and hardens) the cervical and uterine lining (to prevent the travel of sperm to the uterus).   In other words, it “closes the route” that the sperm would normally take to impregnate the female.  The shrinking and hardening effect is temporary but some female patients report that it produces an unpleasant vaginal dryness and a need for lubrication before or during intercourse.

In addition, the mere adjunctive concept of a female uterus that is “toughened” might strike some as incongruous, and Yasmin has generated, according to studies documented in Wikipedia, no little controversy in its side effects.  The medication, oddly enough, is also effective for acne treatment in that, like alcohol, it is highly absorbent of moisture, hence the toughening phenomenon in the inter-uterine usage.  Thus, the reason for the necessity of additional lubrication in the female.

Serious Yasmin Side Effects

Yasmin side effects include the possible risk of thromboembolism (the creation of blockages in blood vessels, a very serious and problematic condition that can lead to coronary occlusion or myocardial infarction (in other words, a potential heart attack).  Although the particular set of FDA studies that revealed this also indicated that the risk is a small one, it is nonetheless present, and some researchers considered the possibility of heart failure somewhat alarming in a contraceptive.

Even more problematic is the possibility of birth defects (see also topiramate birth defects); as the Better Health website, among many others, warns, Yasmin should absolutely not be used by pregnant women.  Other difficult and painful symptoms of Yasmin side effects include breast tenderness, bleeding or spotting during menstruation, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting and weight gain.

As with all drugs, there are potential side effects to an allergic reaction.  These include rashes, hives, severe itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth and face, confusion, joint pain, even vaginal bleeding as its most intense allergic response.

As with many such drugs, the FDA is taking a “wait and see” course for now, and is content to mandate health professionals to warn patients about the severe and numerous Yasmin side effects.  There are several as yet untried litigations in the courts, of patients who claim that Yasmin has had permanently harmful and, for their relatives, lethal effects.

The capper to the problem of Yasmin side effects is that not all may be currently known; the listings include only those that have been readily observed in scientific studies, and virtually all websites warn of possible dangers as yet undocumented.

If you would like further information about Yasmin’s side effects, consult your doctor.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/ucm211766.htm
http://www.drugs.com/yasmin.html
http://berlex.bayerhealthcare.com/html/products/pi/fhc/Yasmin_PI.pdf?WT.mc_id=www.berlex.com
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Birth_defects_and_drug
http://pharma.bayer.com/scripts/pages/en/news_room/news_room/news_room89.php