Yaz: An Extremely Harmful Birth Control Pill?
Yaz and Yasmin are listed among the most commonly doctor-recommended oral contraceptives worldwide. Both are manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, a major pharmaceutical company that operates in more than 50 countries. Some of the company’s products are over-the-counter drugs, veterinary drugs and insect repellents.
The birth control pill Yaz, particularly, was introduced by Bayer in 2006. The pill is able to prevent pregnancy by thwarting eggs to evolve, leaving the spermatozoa without any egg to inseminate.
An advertising campaign that extensively promoted the pill plus a New York Times ad, which dubbed the product as a “quality of life treatment,” due to its further capability to prevent bloating, clear one’s face of acne and relieve women of the depression and anxiety brought about by premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), besides, of course, its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, easily made Yaz women’s trusted and favorite birth control pill all across the U.S.
One difference Yaz has from other birth control pills is its content called drospirenone, an improved version of synthetic progesterone. Another is in the number of active or hormone-induced pills, which is 24, and inactive or palliative pills, which is only four (other oral contraceptives have seven inactive pills). The 24 active pills simply increase a woman’s dose of synthetic hormones within a month, while the palliative pills are meant to diminish troublesome symptoms during or just before periods.
Despite the numerous lawsuits regarding Yaz’s side effects, but most especially the death of 23 Canadian women, whose deaths are being blamed on the product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada still refuse to stop the distribution of Yaz, claiming that the product’s benefits still outweigh the risks associated with it.
Despite Bayer’s claim that Yaz is safe and effective, it has known side effects, which include:
- Fluctuations from upper breathing infections to high amounts of potassium
- Headaches, which can be as painful as migraines
- Contaminations in vaginal yeast and infrequency in vaginal discharge
- Causation of unstable non-menstrual bleeding
- Contraction of the stomach, hair loss and weight gain
- Reduction in sexual drive
- Anaphylactic reactions (Anaphylaxis is severe type I hypersensitivity in the different systems of the body)
- Higher risk of liver tumors, liver function disturbances, fluctuations in glucose level (which can result to diabetes), hypertension and blood clots
- Inflammations, enlargement of the lips and the tongue, swelling of the breasts, breast discharge, itching, breathing difficulty, numbness of the arms and legs, stimulation of bowel disease and unbalanced heart beat, breast soreness and vaginal irritation
Besides its many, different unfavorable side-effects, Yaz is also alleged to cause death. This is why women, especially those nursing or expecting, who plan to use the pill, ought to consult their doctors first about the pill’s safety and appropriate dosage. Your doctor also ought to know of other medications you are taking if you decide to use Yaz.