Yasmin increases the risk of having a VTE, which is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when blood clots form in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). These blood clots travel to the lungs and cause a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Without treatment, there is a 30% risk that a Yasmin VTE will cause death. Severe cases can also cause permanent injury or disability.
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If you used Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) birth control pills, you may have been unaware that this contraceptive can cause a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). In fact, the risk of a Yasmin VTE is one of the deadliest side effects of this contraceptive. Unfortunately, when Yasmin was initially advertised, the ads failed to include this risk information. Now, thousands of women are suing Bayer for injuries caused by this medication, including Yasmin VTE lawsuits.
The hormones in Yasmin (specifically, drospirenone) may cause a woman’s blood to thicken, increasing the risk of developing a blood clot. Several massive studies involving nearly 1 million women have determined that the risk of blood clots is as much as three times higher for drospirenone compared to other synthetic progestins.
What is a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)?
A Yasmin Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs. The blood clots tend to form in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT blood clots form spontaneously, usually in the lower legs or thighs. Around half of thigh DVT blood clots break loose and travel in the bloodstream. A blood clot circulating through the body can travel to the heart, which pumps it into the lungs. The clot can block arteries in the lungs, causing a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). The blockage in the lungs can cause severe damage to lung tissues, and it can also damage the heart. The heart may be unable to force blood into the lungs when the clot is clogging a vessel. This can lead to heart failure, cardiac arrest, and death.
Signs & Symptoms of a Yasmin VTE
The earliest symptoms of a Yasmin VTE are often the symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). However, if the blood clot is small, there may be no symptoms. In fact, only half of DVT cases cause symptoms. Even when the condition does cause symptoms, they may be so mild that the patient does not seek treatment right away. Delayed treatment increases the risk that DVT will cause a PE and death.
The symptoms of Yasmin VTE, when they occur, include:
- Symptoms of DVT in the lower/upper extremities: Pain, swelling, discoloration (redness), warmth, tenderness, visible veins
- Symptoms of PE: Respiratory distress, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, sweating
- Sudden weakness, tiredness, faintness
- Loss of consciousness, blacking out
- Rapid or abnormal pulse
- Severe coughing that may or may not produce bloody sputum
- Nervousness, fear, anxiety, trepidation, feeling that something is very wrong
Treatment & Prognosis
Aggressive anti-coagulation therapy is usually the first-line treatment for Yasmin VTE. This involves oral and intravenous medications that thin the blood, inhibit the formation of blood clots, and prevent existing blood clots from growing any larger. The goal of this treatment is reducing the risk that any more blood clots will enter the lungs.
Sometimes, patients present at the hospital with more severe symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. In cases where the patient is in immediate danger of death, a surgeon may need to operate to remove the clot in the lungs. There are also aggressive clot-busting drugs that are effective at dissolving clots, but have a high risk of bleeding.
Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for a good prognosis. Around 30% of untreated Yasmin VTE cases result in death. However, only 2-8% of diagnosed cases result in death.
It is very common for people to have long-term complications due to venous damage. This syndrome is called Post-Thrombotic Syndrome. When it occurs, the patient suffers occasional pain, swelling, discoloration, varicose veins, or ulcers in the veins in the legs. There is little treatment available for this syndrome, and it may significantly reduce the patient’s quality of life.
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