Yasmin has been linked to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Thousands of women have been injured by blood clots, which usually form deep inside the legs or pelvis. The FDA announced recently that it will be updating the warning information on Yasmin to inform women of the increased risk of blood clots.
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Do you take Yasmin birth control pills to prevent unwanted pregnancy? Yasmin is a popular brand of once-daily, hormonal birth control pills that contains a combination of two different types of hormones: ethinyl estradiol (synthetic estrogen) and drospirenone (synthetic progestin).
The issue with Yasmin is due to drospirenone. Since the FDA approved Yasmin in 2001, there has been a growing body of scientific evidence and case reports from women who were severely injured by blood clots after taking Yasmin. Though all progestin-containing birth control pills increase a woman’s risk of developing a blood clot, many studies have found that the risk with drospirenone is higher than for other types of synthetic progestins.
In fact, the FDA recently concluded a study of approximately 800,000 women who were taking a combination hormonal birth control pill such as Yasmin. The researchers discovered that the women who were taking drospirenone were three times more likely to develop a blood clot compared to women taking other progestins. In response to this study (and several other studies that also found elevated risks associated with drospirenone), the FDA announced that the labels of all drospirenone-containing birth control pills would be updated to include warnings about the increased risk of Yasmin blood clots.
Yasmin and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
All women who take a hormonal birth control pill containing synthetic progestin have a higher risk of blood clots (also known as a “thrombus”). Yasmin increases the risk of a specific, deadly type of blood clots — ones that form inside veins deep in the body. The condition is called Deep Vein Thrombosis. These blood clots are particularly dangerous, because it is difficult for the body to dissolve them once they begin to form. Without treatment, a DVT blood clot may continue to grow until it becomes very large. The blood pressure behind the blood clot also grows, until the pressure is high enough to dislodge the blood clot. Once it begins to travel through the bloodstream, it is called an embolism.
DVT blood clots form in veins (blood vessels that transport oxygen-poor blood to the heart). This blood is pumped into the heart, which then pumps the blood into the lungs where it can receive oxygen. When this blood contains an embolism, the embolism also enters the lungs. Inside the lungs, blood vessels get smaller and smaller. Eventually, the blood clot is too large to pass through, and it becomes trapped.
A blood clot in the lungs causes a pulmonary embolism. The blood clot stops the supply of blood to lung tissue. Within minutes, lung tissue begins to die, and once it dies, this organ damage is permanent. In severe cases, the organ damage can lead to organ failure. In the most severe cases, a pulmonary embolism can cause death.
Symptoms of Yasmin DVT
Although Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can cause death, the initial symptoms are often very mild. There may be no symptoms. Around half of cases of DVT have no symptoms. If you use Yasmin birth control pills, or another contraceptive containing progestin, you have a higher risk of having DVT. Therefore, it is a good idea to be familiar with the symptoms of DVT so that you can recognize a potential blood clot and seek emergency attention immediately.
When symptoms of DVT do appear, they typically include the following:
- Discoloration of the affected part of the body (such as one leg)
- Pain in the affected extremity
- Swelling in the limb
- Warmth in the area of the blood clot
- Superficial veins may look engorged
- Weakness, tingling, or abnormal sensation in the affected limb
Treatment of Yasmin DVT Blood Clots
Seek emergency medical treatment any time a blood clot is suspected. If a Yasmin DVT blood clot is diagnosed, the goal of treatment will be to prevent the blood clot from growing any larger, which in turn reduces the risk that it will become an embolism. Anti-clotting medications (such as heparin or warfarin) might be administered to treat DVT. More aggressive treatment may be necessary if the patient appears at the hospital with severe symptoms, if the clot does not respond to anticoagulation therapy, or if the blood clot is already very large. In these cases, a doctor may administer an intravenous “clot-busting” medication. Though “clot-busting” drugs are very effective at eliminating Yasmin DVT blood clots, they also have a high risk of causing severe internal bleeding. For this reason, intravenous anticoagulant medications are only used when DVT is life-threatening.
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