Study Finds Link Between Yaz and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
According to a study published by the University of British Columbia, women who have taken Yaz and Yasmin are nearly two times as likely to experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) than women who take other forms of birth control pills.
The study, which looked at nearly one million women aged 18 to 46, found that 0.77% of women who took prescription Yaz would be diagnosed with IBS within 90 days of taking the drug, whereas only .46% of women on more traditional methods of birth control would complain of the same thing. This is a statistically significant positive association between IBS and Yaz and Yasmin.
IBS is characterized by chronic bowel issues, including severe abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and altered bowel habits including constipation and diarrhea These issues can cause a severe impact on a person’s lifestyle, as the pain and discomfort may strike at inopportune times.
Yasmin and Yaz side effects
Yasmin was first put on the market in 2001, with an updated variation called Yaz approved for use in the United States in 2006. The pill differed from previously-released forms of birth control pills in that they relied on an active ingredient called drospirenone. This University of British Columbia’s finding adds to a long list of Yaz and Yasmin side effects, which includes blood clotting leading to stroke. Some such strokes have caused permanent damage in some women, and have even caused death.
Another severe side effect of the drug is Yaz deep vein thrombosis (Yaz DVT), which may result in pulmonary embolism, which may be life threatening. Another complication due to Yaz deep vein thrombosis is limb ischaemia, which may lead to oxygen failing to reach the leg and resulting in leg ulcers and infections such as gangrene. Yaz DVT can also cause long-term swelling and pain. Though it is treatable through anti-cogulants, treatment may last between 3-6 months and can be very expensive.
Many women seek a Yasmin lawsuit settlement
To date, thousands of women have gone to court seeking a Yaz lawsuit settlement from drug maker Bayer, alleging that Bayer failed to warn of risks leading to serious complications. Thousands of cases awaiting hearings at this time.