Yaz (parent company Bayer), also known as Yasmin, contains the hormonal synthetic known as Drospirenone.
Wikipedia , the FDA and Drugs.com consider it a less than entirely safe contraceptive.
It is a birth control pharmaceutical that hardens the cervical walls and the uterus, thus preventing the traveling of sperm up the canal to impregnate the female.
Ovulation is prevented as well, and the drug is considered remarkably effective in not only birth control but, interestingly enough, acne treatment.
One of the least pleasurable of the Yaz side effects is that it produces secretions in the uterus that are highly absorbent of moisture, similar to the properties of concentrated alcohol, and can create vaginal dryness, as well as the need for lubrication during sexual intercourse.
A great deal of controversy has been generated about some of the other Yaz side effects that manifest themselves in patients who used the drug.
What you should know about Yaz Side Effects?
Yaz side effects include the frightening possibility of thromboembolism (a blockage in the blood stream) that literally manifests itself as a “log jam” in blood vessels, a condition that can lead to coronary occlusion or myocardial infarction (heart attack). (see also imitrex side effects)
Most problematic of the Yaz side effects, according to FDA studies, is the possibility of birth defects; (read about paxil birth defects) as many websites warn (among them Better Health), Yaz should absolutely not be administered to pregnant women.
There already exist numerous litigations in the courts regarding improper, harmful and lethal uses of Yaz in patients whose families are seeking restitution from the drug company Bayer, the aegis of Yaz, for “overstating the approved uses of Yaz” (Wiki). (see also class action drug lawsuits)
Other difficult and painful Yaz side effects include breast pain, menstrual bleeding, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Even more alarming are the potential allergic effects—a reaction to Yaz might carry serious health consequences, including hives, shortness of breath, swelling (mouth or limbs), joint pain, disorientation, chronic itching and vaginal bleeding. The intensity of these reactions is what causes the FDA to adapt its watchdog policy regarding this contraceptive drug.
This policy of “let’s see where it all goes” is not proving popular with the public at large, and the failure of Bayer to properly research and study the medication before releasing it is regarded as criminal negligence by some researchers.
As mentioned, many patients are suing Bayer; in an interesting adjunct, many researchers have joined these individuals in court fights.
The FDA requires all doctors and similar health professionals to warn patients about Yaz side effects, and educate their patients as much as possible to the potential dangers of the drug.
As a result of this controversy, most health providers no longer regard Yaz as a safe first line agent in contraception.
Most websites that researched Yaz give the caveat that not all the potential symptoms have been observed or yet discovered.
If you are concerned or have questions about Yaz, consult your medical professional.