Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill manufactured by Bayer. Since its approval in 2001, there has been growing evidence linking Yasmin to a higher risk of blood clots and strokes compared to birth control pills that do not contain drospirenone.
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Yasmin is a birth control pill manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It was the first birth control pill to contain drospirenone, a new synthetic version of the female hormone progestin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Yasmin in 2001. It quickly became one of the most popular birth control pills in the U.S., partially due to an advertising campaign that implied that Yasmin was safer than other birth control pills and could treat symptoms of PMS.
The evidence linking drospirenone to a higher risk of blood clots has been accumulating for more than a decade. Meanwhile, the use of Yasmin, Yaz, and other drospirenone birth control pills skyrocketed. It was not until 2009 that two critical studies were published. In 2003, 2008, and 2009, the FDA also sent warning letters regarding “misleading” Yaz and Yasmin advertisements that “failed to communicate any risk information.” Despite the fact that Bayer ran a corrective advertising campaign, public backlash against drospirenone birth control pills grew, and the use of Yasmin has dropped off sharply since 2010. In April 2012, the FDA announced that they will be updating the label on Yasmin and all drospirenone-containing birth control pills to warn women that they may have a higher risk of blood clots compared to other birth control pills.
Yasmin and Stroke
Drospirenone, an important hormonal ingredient in Yasmin, has been linked to a three-fold increased risk of blood clots in several massive studies. Even women with no previous history of blood clots or strokes have suffered a Yasmin stroke.
An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot grows on the wall of an artery (a blood vessel that carries fresh, oxygen-rich blood from the heart to major organs inside the body). Sometimes, these blood clots grow very large, break away from the wall of an artery, and travel until they reach a major internal organ.
When a blood clot reaches the brain, it can clog a blood vessel in the brain. A blood clot is a very effective clog, because it is a semi-solid mass of sticky blood platelets. Once the clot stops the flow of blood to a region of the brain, a stroke has occurred. Symptoms vary depending on the region of the brain that is affected.
If untreated, the part of the brain that is deprived of blood will begin to die. Brain tissue damage is permanent. A person who has suffered from a Yasmin stroke has a very high risk of suffering permanent brain damage, intellectual disability, physical disability, or death.
Symptoms of a Yasmin Stroke
Most hormonal birth control pills contain a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin, and Yasmin is no exception. Experts have known for decades that birth control pills containing any type of synthetic progestin are associated with an increased risk of blood clots. The actual number of blood clots is relatively small (approximately 10 women per 10,000 taking drospirenone, for example, compared to 4-6 women per 10,000 taking other progestins).
Women who take hormonal birth control have a higher risk of blood clots. A blood clot can cause a stroke, and prognosis for strokes is best when they are diagnosed and treated early. A stroke is an emergency, life-threatening medical condition. Therefore, it is a good idea for women who are taking a hormonal birth control pill to recognize symptoms of a stroke. Symptoms usually appear suddenly, and they may include:
- Sudden, severe headache. If the stroke occurs while the person is sleeping, this pain may or may not wake them from sleep
- Feeling dizzy, losing consciousness, suddenly feeling sleepy
- Sensory changes (sudden change or loss of hearing or vision, abnormal taste or touch, strange smells, etc.)
- Weak muscles on one side of the body (drooping face, weak arm or leg, etc.)
- Numbness or tingling, usually just on one side of the body
- Trouble with speech, or understanding speech
- Loss of motor coordination. This may involve difficulty walking, trouble with balance, difficulty writing, swallowing, etc.
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