Birth control that contains the hormone drospirenone has been linked to a higher risk of serious blood clots, according to news reports.
Two studies published in the British Medical Journal reported the risk, which claims drospirenone has a potentially deadly side effect. Birth control pills such as Ocella, Yasmin and Yaz contain drospirenone.
“The studies found that drospirenone has two to three times more risk of blood clots compared with birth control pills containing an older form of a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel. Dr Susan Jick, lead authors said that these findings ‘provide further evidence that levonorgestrel pills appear to be a safer choice’ pertaining to blood clots,” according to news reports.
Drug makers however, say the studies are flawed.
According to the study, 30.8 blood clots were found in 100,000 women using the drospirenone based birth controls. Only 12.5 blood clots were found in birth controls with levonorgestrel.
As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I urge women who are taking these birth controls to talk to their doctor about the possible risks.
If you have suffered serious side effects, including blood clots, because of prescription birth control you should have your case evaluated by a Washington Yaz Side Effects Attorney.