One of the most serious side effects of Ocella is the risk of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). This life-threatening condition begins when a blood clot forms in the body, in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). If this blood clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lungs and cause a Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
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The risk of a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is one of the most deadly side effects of Ocella birth control pills (generic Yasmin). The problem is that many women were unaware of this risk before choosing Ocella. In fact, the FDA has only recently updated the label on Ocella to warn about a three-fold increased risk of blood clots, compared to older birth control pills.
The risk of blood clots is highest for women who have risk factors, including smoking cigarettes, being over 35, obesity, diabetes, and more. However, an Ocella VTE can occur even in women who have no risk factors.
What is a Venous Thromboembolism?
A Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a venous disorder that combines Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) with a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). The hormones in Ocella increase the likelihood that a blood clot will form, most likely along the walls of veins in the legs. The calf and thigh are the most common location for these blood clots, and when they form the condition is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). If the blood clot develops in the thigh, there is a 50% risk that part of the clot will break away from its origin, float in the bloodstream, and clog a blood vessel in the lungs. This is called a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). This sequence of events can cause sudden death, especially if the blood clot clogs a large vessel. The most severe complications occur when a PE causes heart failure. The heart may not be able to generate high enough blood pressure to force blood into the lungs when there is a clot present. This can lead to sudden heart failure, cardiac arrest, and death. Less severe cases can cause permanent physical and/or intellectual disability, as well as organ damage and other severe side effects.
Signs & Symptoms of an Ocella VTE
An Ocella VTE does not always have symptoms in the early stages. When it does show symptoms, they may include:
- In the upper/lower extremities: Pain, swelling, redness or discoloration, prominent veins, warmth, decreased blood flow to the fingers or toes
- Changes in breathing patterns — rapid breathing, shortness of breath
- Changes in heart rhythm — rapid pulse, “galloping” heart rhythm
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Changes in consciousness — weakness, tiredness, feeling faint
- Coughing, which may be severe, or produce blood
- Abnormal lung sounds (“crackling”)
- Nervousness, anxiety, feeling of doom
Treatment and Prognosis
Ocella VTE is under-diagnosed, because the symptoms of DVT are frequently benign or mistaken for other syndromes. The risk of death is much higher who are not diagnosed — 30% of undiagnosed VTEs are deadly, versus 2-8% of diagnosed VTEs. Treatment typically involves intravenous clot-dissolving medications, which reduce the risk that a blood clot will continue to grow and cause a pulmonary embolism. If the clot causes a large obstruction in the lungs, surgery may be necessary to restore circulation.
Post-Thrombotic Syndrome is a frequent complication of Ocella VTE. It is a chronic condition that can severely decrease quality of life. Transient pain, swelling, discoloration, varicose veins, tingling, and itching are all common.
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