Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Yasmin blood clots have been reported to cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a serious side effect of Yaz, more frequently among Yaz and Yasmin users. Yaz birth control pills contain quantities of estrogen and progestin. The progestin of note involved is called “drospirenone,” a fourth generation progestin. This component is brand new, and consequently there is little data on the safety of this synthetic hormone for users. This hormone is linked with the increased frequently of blood clotting and strokes in women who take Yaz birth control. DVT is the result of blood clotting in deep veins, as opposed to veins just under the skin. While Yaz DVT alone may not be significant enough to cause significant injury, if the body fails to break down the blood clots the complications may be far more serious.
Yaz Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Complications
- A pulmonary embolism may occur, and may be life threatening if left untreated.
- Limb ischaemia can occur when the DVT caused blood clots cause extra pressure to build up in veins. This can restrict arterial blood flow, bringing in less oxygen to the leg resulting to leg uclers and infections such as gangrene.
- Post thrombotic syndrome occurs when DVT damages the deep vein valves, resulting in blood getting trapped and pooling in the lower legs. This can cause long term swelling and pain.
Treatment of Yaz Deep Vein Thrombosis
Yaz DVT is normally treated with anticoagulant medicines. These medicines alter the blood to prevent clot formation. Clots that have already formed are naturally broken down by the body over time, and these medicines cannot remove existing clots. For clots that already exist, thrombolytic medicines can be used to dissolve blood clots, but at the risk of sudden bleeding.
Treatment can last 3-6 months and can be very expensive and both mentally and physically straining. If you experience symptoms of DVT or any related complications while using Yaz or Yasmin birth control then you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and suffering.
Another birth control device which has come under fire for severe side effects is Mirena IUD. The IUD is implanted into the uterus and releases a small amount of hormone and is effective for up to five years. Hundreds of reports have come in regarding complications of the device which include uterine perforation, migration, pelvic inflammatory disease and potential infertility. Women experiencing these symptoms should be evaluated by a physician immediately, and may be eligible for compensation.