The prospect of a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism is daunting enough - after all, those are life-threatening conditions. Some women, including one in British Columbia, Canada, reportedly died after using Yasmin. In some cases, the women die within weeks of starting Yasmin.
Even in situations where the women survive their deep vein thrombosis, they may require surgery - such as amputation of the limb - to recover. Other women may not undergo amputations, but could be at an increased risk of stroke, blood clots and heart attacks throughout their lives. Still others have permanent lung damage and must be careful about future activities and exercise.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is a risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in any birth control pill that contains certain hormones. That risk, although lower than the risk of VTE in pregnant or postpartum women, is higher than the risk in women who do not take birth control. One study cited by the FDA suggested that the risk of developing a blood clot when the birth control contains drospirenone - which Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella do - is 1.5 times higher when compared with other hormonal birth control pills.
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According to reports, Bayer has settled thousands of lawsuits without admitting any wrongdoing in the cases. Lawsuits involving Beyaz, another birth control made by Bayer, have not been settled.
Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include persistent, unexplained leg pain. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain and shortness of breath. Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis are also called venous thromboembolic events.