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Yaz Birth Control Pill Helpline, Fighting For Justice For Women Nationwide

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Yaz Birth Control Pills Helpline Is reaching out to women who have been severely injured by Yaz. Yaz causes Blood Clots in young women a very vulnerable age. Yaz lawyers are filing more Yaz lawsuits for yaz injury. Bayer has begun settlements for Yaz Bloodclots. Now is the time for women injured by Yaz to step forward and claim what is due them.

Yaz  Blood Clot  Lawyers Fighting  are fighring along side the Yaz Helpline to bring justice to women whose lives have been destroyed by these Yaz and yasmin birth control pills.

Millions of women need  take  birth control pills  to  avoid unwanted pregnancy. Two of these  Yaz and Yasmin cause blood clots and related medical problens such as stroke, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.

 Reports of serious Yaz side effects and Yasmin side effects are out there on blogs and chat rooms, and the problems associated with these medications are not only dangerous, but in some cases fatal.

Yaz and Yasmin are both manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest drug companies in the world. As is the Mirena IUD currently in the news as well. Yasmin was originally approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 2001, and Yaz followed its predecessor in 2006 with a slightly different formula.
Yaz and Yasmin Side Effects

 

    Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – DVT is an otherwise rare condition where a blood clot forms deep inside the tissue of the body, usually in the leg. Eventually, this clot will break off and travel through the body before settling in the lungs or brain causing a potential stroke.
    Pulmonary Embolisms – Pulmonary embolisms are extremely dangerous blood clots that appear in the lungs. Some of these blood clots form directly in or near the lungs and others are move  there after forming somewhere else in the body.
 The Yaz helpline wants to hear from all women injured by Yaz or their family, mothers or Husbands. We must seek justice.
 

Yaz Lawsuits Continue, Yaz Birth Control Pills Lawyers Filing Lawsuits

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Yaz  Bith Control Pills Helpline announces, the Yaz Bith Control Pills lawsuits are being filed by yaz lawyers. Settlements have already started.
Yaz Birth Control Pills Helpline is reaching out to women who have blood clots, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism from yaz or Yasmin Birth Control Pills. Bayer has started settlements. We do not want you to be left out.

Yaz causes blood clots, Pulmonary Embolism, Strokes and deep vein thrombosis. Blood clots that end up in the lungs or brain can be fatal.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has  issued many warnings regarding the progestin in Yaz called drospirenone. Drospirenone   causes adverse side effects including blood clots, deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism. Yaz lawsuits by yaz lawyers focus on blood clots

Other lawsuits are for strokes, heart attacks. If you have experienced these issues, Many women are not aware of the right to sue for these life altering and sometimes deadly complications

Bayer did not properly warn about the adverse effects they had knowledge of.  Yaz Lawsuits  claim  that Bayer was aware of the issues with Yaz and Yasmin, but continued to promote their drug without a proper warning on the label.

The evidence is already strong enough to support most Yaz Lawsuit claims. You must call the Yaz Birth Control Pills helpline today. If a daughter or wife or friend has blood clots from Yaz tell her about the Yaz lawsuits or contact us on her behalf.

Yaz Lawyers Accepting Yaz Blood Clot Cases, Pulmonary Embolism

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Lawyers in Ft Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami, West Palm beach, Orlando, Tampa, are accepting Yaz related Blood clot and Pulmonary Embolism cases for the immediate filing of Yaz lawsuits

NuvaRing, Yaz, Yasmin Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack are causing lawsuits for be filed. If you have a Yaz blood clot, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism injury fro Yaz or yasmin call now.

New England Journal of Medicine June 2012 Study

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study on June 14, which suggests that these forms of birth control that contain a combination of estrogen and progestin can double a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

The Danish study, analyzed more than 1.6 million women aged 15 to 49. These women were taking low-dose estrogen birth control pills combined with progestins. They suffered heart attacks and strokes between 1.5 and 2 times more often than women not using hormonal contraception. The risks were as much 2.5 to 3 times higher among users of combined hormonal device, including vaginal rings, compared to non-users. The highest risks were seen in women over 45, or those who had high blood pressure.

 Yaz, Yasmin have very serious  Side Effects

Yaz and Yasmin users may suffer a serious side effect associated with the use of these drugs, including Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots), Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the leg), Pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lung), Heart Attacks and Strokes.  There are  very serious side effects and possibly death for Yaz or yasmin birth control pills.

FDA October 2011 Study

In October 2011, a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) study the involving data on 800,000 American women using some form birth control between 2001 and 2008 revealed using NuvaRing increased the risk of blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, by 56% in comparison to older birth control pills.The Problem with Yaz and Yasmin

Why Does yaz Cause Blood Clots ?

Yaz and Yasmin both contain ethinyl estradiol, along with a synthetic progestin called drospirenone. Yaz and Yasmin are manufactured by the German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer.

The FDA’s study of hormonal contraceptives that was released last October suggested an approximately 1.5-fold increase in the risk of blood clots for women who use drospirenone-containing pills compared to users of other hormonal contraceptives.

In a Drug Safety Communication issued on April 10, 2012, the FDA said it was requiring that the labels for drospirenone birth control be updated to warn that these contraceptives may be linked to a higher risk of blood clots.

There are currently over Ten Thousand Yaz and Yasmin Lawsuits

More than 10,000 personal injury lawsuits that allege Yaz and Yasmin caused heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and other serious injuries are currently pending in the Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2100) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

 if you have been injured call the Yaz Birth Control Pills Helpline today

 

 

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Iowa yaz Lawyers Filing Yaz lawsuits for Blood clots from Yaz, Yaz Helpline

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Young women in Iowa are experiencing pre-mature blood clots, heart attacks, Pulmonary embolism and Strokes fro yaz Blood Clots. Bayer has begun the yaz settlements. yaz lawyers Filing lawsuits for Yaz for women in  Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Quad Cities, Sioux City, Watwerloo and all of Iowa. Their Yaz Iowa Stories are not that different  this one:

“To all the women still taking Yaz"

“Here is my story… I was on Yasmin for 6 years. About 4 years into taking the drug, I noticed a mass on my right side… I went to KU Med and was told that I had to have emergency surgery right away, and that I was basically a walking time bomb…. If I tripped and fell, it could cause this mass to rupture and I could bleed to death…They did a liver resection and removed my gall bladder and several lymph nodes. The mass on the scan turned out to be 2 grapefruit-sized benign masses, called Focal Nodular Hyperplasia – most commonly caused from the hormones in birth control pills!!!!…This whole ordeal has DRASTICALLY changed my life and affected all of the people I love, my husband included, who has to endure all of my pain and anxiety. BOTTOM LINE – IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT! TELL EVERY WOMAN YOU KNOW!”

Vicky Caprice Mersereau, 26, died in 2009 of a large pulmonary embolism after she ingested Yasmin

Yasmin, which is made by Bayer Inc., is one of  united State's top-selling birth control pills. It is a so-called "fourth generation" hormonal contraceptive and is considered "low dose."

Yaz Side effects are serious and sometimes fatal

  • blood clots
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • pulmonary embolism
  • gall bladder disease
  • deep vein thrombosis

Blood clots can cause a blockage of arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other tissues resulting in:

  •     Stroke: either slow-developing caused by thrombi, or rapid-onset caused by embolism.
  •     Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA): a "mini-stroke" without tissue death.
  •     Myocardial Infarction (heart attack): blockage of the coronary arteries that supply oxygen to the heart muscle.
  •     Pulmonary embolism: life-threatening blockage of arteries in the lungs, starving the body of oxygen.
  •     Angina pectoris: reduction of blood supply to the heart, typically resulting in severe chest pain.
  •     Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): a clot formed in a deep vein, usually in the legs.
  •     Portal vein thrombosis: a rare blockage of the vein that carries blood from the abdomen to the liver.
  •     Renal vein thrombosis: a blockage of the vein that drains blood from kidney.

Indiana yaz Lawyers filing Lawsuits for Indiana Women for Blood Clots from yaz

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Yaz lawyers are filing lawsuits for Indiana Women who have gotten blood clots from yaz in  Indianapolis , Bloomington, Evansville, Ft Wayne,Kokomo,Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond, South Bend, Terre haute and all of Indiana.

Blood clots can cause a blockage of arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other tissues resulting in:

  •     Stroke: either slow-developing caused by thrombi, or rapid-onset caused by embolism.
  •     Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA): a "mini-stroke" without tissue death.
  •     Myocardial Infarction (heart attack): blockage of the coronary arteries that supply oxygen to the heart muscle.
  •     Pulmonary embolism: life-threatening blockage of arteries in the lungs, starving the body of oxygen.
  •     Angina pectoris: reduction of blood supply to the heart, typically resulting in severe chest pain.
  •     Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): a clot formed in a deep vein, usually in the legs.
  •     Portal vein thrombosis: a rare blockage of the vein that carries blood from the abdomen to the liver.
  •     Renal vein thrombosis: a blockage of the vein that drains blood from kidney.

INDIANAPOLIS – By Sandra Chapman

It was one the best selling birth control pills on the market. But now, a warning for women.

Fifty patients have reportedly died from taking the contraceptive and thousands of others say it causes potentially life-threatening side effects, prompting a trusted drug maker to spend millions to highlight the risks.

Linda Rosenberg was the picture of a healthy baby. She recalls growing up on Bayer Baby Aspirin and planned to care for her own baby in the same way, someday.

In 2007, motherhood was still in the future when her doctor told her about Yaz, a new oral contraceptive manufactured by Bayer. It was sweeping the country with a flashy ad campaign.

"There was no reason to believe the product was, you know, that there was any danger in taking it," explained Rosenberg.

But two years after taking daily doses of Yaz, Linda began experiencing unexplainable swelling. At her doctor's urging, she got an ultrasound. It probably saved her life. A blood clot was discovered in her ankle.

"Yes and right behind my knee, which was causing the swelling in the ankle," she told 13 Investigates.

Linda went through 18 months of treatment. But along the way, she lost more than she could have imagined.

"Now, I can't have children," she revealed.

The treatment for the blood clot left her unable to conceive children and her trust in a childhood name was gone. Rosenberg is now among hundreds of women nationwide blaming Bayer's Yaz birth control for devastating health effects.

"Had that blood clot traveled, you know, to her heart, her chest, she could have faced a pulmonary embolism, she could have had a heart attack. Had it gone to her brain, she could have suffered from a stroke. So she was very lucky," said Takeen Thompson, Linda's Indianapolis attorney.

"I'd like to see it off the shelves, if it's not safe," Linda insists.

"It doesn't happen just with Yaz," according Dr. Sara Sayger.

Sayger has prescribed Yaz as the medical director at the Purdue Health Center and Women's Clinic in West Lafayette. In fact, Sayger concludes all oral contraceptives come with some risk.

"Blood clotting is an uncommon side effect. A real danger, but an uncommon side effect," she said.

But according to lawsuits nationwide, Yaz is being blamed for the deaths of at least 50 women, including young college students.

Thompson told 13 Investigates her research reveals "most of the clients with the gall bladder disease were in their early 20s or so. (They) felt symptoms of having a heart attack and went into the doctor or hospital and learned that their gall bladders were not functioning properly and had to have them removed through emergency surgery."

Thompson is now representing Linda and other women suing the drug maker. At issue is Bayer's use of a new ingredient.

"We're talking about a progestin that had not been used in birth control pills," Thompson explained.

Dr. Sayger confirms the new ingredient.

"We've seen a couple of new synthetic progesterones that have come onto the market. Yaz is one of those new synthetic progesterones," she said.

Sayger describes Yaz as a "niche" contraceptive and evaluates closely whether it's a good fit for each patient.

"It's a pill that's been very positively received by women who have been on other products and still had very extreme emotional, premenstrual mood swings. Yaz seemed to be a good answer for those people" she found in her practice.

But Sayger agrees it's not for everyone.

In 2008, the FDA sent Bayer a warning letter regarding its advertising for Yaz. The FDA took issue with claims by Yaz to treat PMS and acne of all severities, even though Yaz had not been evaluated to do such.

The FDA also said "Yaz has additional risks because it contains the progestin, Drospirenone…which may result in potentially serious heart and health problems" in high risk patients.

The FDA said Bayer knew about the risks, the information came from the company's own studies. Yet it's warning labels failed to adequately disclose the potential danger.

"It does appear that they concealed that information," Thompson said.

Bayer declined an on-camera interview with 13 Investigates about Yaz, but in a released statement said "..the benefits…outweigh the potential risks" and that "labels…do not adequately reflect the risk…and should be revised to include additional information from available studies."

Bayer is now airing corrective ads.

Sayger points out that the FDA shares responsibility to ensure products for women are safe and wants to see more studies.

"Birth control pills have been on the market for 50-plus years. We now have three or four generations of pill users, so we have lots of experience with birth control pills," Sayger said.

But it's too late for Linda Rosenberg.

"Had I known that it could have been an issue, or a problem, I certainly would have not chosen to go that route," she said, hoping to warn other women.

The FDA did not take Yaz off the market.

Sayger says fewer college students are using that contraceptive, but for other reasons. She says Yaz costs around $70 a month, compared to other brands that range from $9 to $20.

Bayer is facing 4,000 lawsuits surrounding its Yaz and Yasmin birth control. Indiana lawyers filing lawsuits for Yaz. Call the yaz Birth Control Pills helpline.

Yaz Birth lawyers Colorado, yaz Birth Control Pills, Blood Clots, Pulmonary Embolism, Yaz lawsuits be filed

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Colorado Yaz Lawsuits are being filed for Colorado women with Pulmonary embolism from Yaz.

Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening condition that can take place when a blood clot forms in an artery in a patient’s lung, which can cut off circulation in the lung. Complications include shortness of breath, pain, bloody coughing, and eventual death if the blood clot is not detected and treated. Yaz and Yasmin have been linked to blood clots, probably due to their use of the synthetic hormone drospirenone, which can lead to an increase of potassium in a patient’s bloodstream and subsequently to blood clots. Any woman who is using Yaz or Yasmin and experiences clammy skin, a bluish tint to the skin, chest pains, shortness of breath, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, bloody coughing, or fever should seek medical help as quickly as possible, as these are the signs of a Yasmin pulmonary embolism.

Yaz has reports of fatalities from yaz  blood clots, yaz  Pulmonary embolism,,yaz Stroke, yaz  Deep vein thrombosis,Yaz Heart attack

Denver Colorado yaz News, yaz Lawyers Report

But, the list of women in Colorado and Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Rockies, Western Slop and around the country who are claiming Yaz and Yasmin adversely affected their health is growing.

“When I told them I was on Yaz, [the doctors] told me to stop it immediately," explained Patricia Lucio.

She’s a working mother with four children who was hospitalized for more than a week, diagnosed with blood clots in her lungs.

“I tried breathing and I was just gasping for air,” she told CALL7 Investigator Tony Kovaleski.

The women’s basketball coach for the Air Force Academy, Kellie Johnson, also told her story to Kovaleski.

“I'll never forget the look on [the nurse’s] face when she told me I was having a massive pulmonary embolism. She was scared to death for me," said Johnson.

“The next day they asked me if I was on birth control and I said, ‘Yaz,’ and they said, 'You will not take that anymore,’" explained Johnson. She told Kovaleski that she nearly died.

“What do you think brought you to that position?” asked Kovaleski.

Johnson replied, “If I were to say anything, I would say Yasmin.”

Both women believe that the unique chemical makeup of Yaz and Yasmin caused pulmonary embolism and both women believe more women are at risk.

Now, dozens of Colorado women and more than 1,500 women nationwide have filed suit against Bayer, the maker of Yaz and its predecessor Yasmin.

"I tried to stay healthy, but I just kept getting sick. I've had several ER visits after the whole experience because of the pain in my lungs," said Lucio.

The most recent figures on reported cases of health problems with Yaz and available from the Food and Drug Administration are from late 2009. The FDA said it has more than 1,700 reported cases of blood clots connected to Yaz and Yasmin, including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.

The FDA is currently testing Yaz and other birth control pills and recently forced Bayer to change the contents of its labeling and correct misperceptions created by some of its commercials for Yaz.

Bayer declined a 7NEWS request for an on-camera interview. A company representative sent Kovaleski and e-mail reading, in part, ”Bayer stands behind the safety of its oral contraceptives.”

It continued, “The lawsuits filed by Plaintiffs focus on side effects warned about in labeling for Yaz and Yasmin… Bayer will defend itself vigorously against these lawsuits.”

“This product is one of Bayer’s largest profit centers and they are going to fight to the very end," said Michael Burg. He is one of three lead attorneys nationwide who are representing women suing Bayer.

Burg told Kovaleski, “I have done this long enough to know when a company is going to protect its product regardless of what kind of damage it is doing to the public."

Through tears, Lucio told Kovaleski, “This past year has been — the ER visits, not being able to do things with my kids or my friends — if it's not the [pulmonary embolism] it was something else. It just really affected my body a lot."

There are conflicting studies on the safety of Yaz and Yasmin. Some conclude the two pharmaceuticals, because of their unique chemical makeup, present increased risks of blood clots.

Bayer said all birth control pills carry some risk of blood clots and its testing concluded there is no greater risk to users of Yaz and Yasmin.

Yaz lawyers Arkansas Filing lawsuits for yaz Pulmonary Embolism, blood clots

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Yaz Birth control pills lawyers Arkansas filing yaz lawsuits for Blood clots, Pulmonary embolism, stroke, hear attack from yaz for women in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock and all of Arkansas.

If you have a daughter injured by the birth control pill Yaz  call  the yaz Birth control pills helpline Arizona and speak to our female Yaz counselor. We will help you locate a yaz lawyer. Young women have taken Yaz birth control pills and many have had severe complications. Bayer has started the Yaz Birth control pills settlement  process. The FDA has added additional warnings for Yaz Birth Control pills. Now is the time to speak to a Yaz lawyer if your daughter was injured by Yaz. Complications include stroke, Blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Yaz has caused serious complications that have injured many young women and has caused deaths.

The new FDA warnings will apply to all birth control pills that contain the synthetic hormone drospirenone, which many experts think is the culprit which causes so many Yaz side effects. Drospirenone is found in Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, and Safyral birth control. Call us and get the Yaz birth control facts today. Yaz lawyers are filing yaz lawsuits for Wrongful Death from yaz Birth control pills.

Yaz can Cause

  • Deep vein thrombosis ,(DVT).
  • Pulmonary embolism ,(PE),
  • Heart attack,
  • Stroke,
  • Death,

Bayer has started payouts for yaz. Get a yaz lawyer from the yaz birth Control pills helpline today.

 

yaz wyoming lawyers for Blood clots from Yaz, Yaz Birth Control Pills helpline

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Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette,  Laramie WYoming yaz lawyers for yaz lawsuits for Blood Clots from yaz.

Yaz and other new birth control brands will be printed with blood clot risk warning labels, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced.

Recent studies have found that Drospirenone-containing birth control pills have a higher risk of causing blood clots than other pills, which contain progestin. byer is starting payoffs for yaz injury and death. Call the yaz Helpline today, Yaz Birth control pills helpline for blood clots, heart attack, Pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis.. Lawyers for yaz injury.

 

overview of Drugs and medical devices harming Women, Yaz, Yasmin, Blood Clots

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           Yaz Causes Blood Clots, Pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stokes and heart attacks. Yaz has destroyed the future of many young women and some have died. Fosamax was tauted as the cure all to poor bone density and osteoporosis. Doctors. lured by pharmaceutical company representatives. Imagine a drug for Osteoporosis causing femur fractures. It is almost an oxymorone. As we move along we have Yaz and Yasmine birth control pills. These were taken by young women to offer more freedom. Bayer had special parties where young wome were convinced the these drugs would help their social life. Many social service organizations were offering these to prevent unwanted pregnancy and college campuses were offering a new found sexual freedom. In the age of liberation this was the wonder drug until the complications set in and college girls  were ending up in emergency rooms. Mothers were losing daughters and young women were having their lives dramatically altered by pre-mature strokes and heart attacks. it appeared the chemical base of Yaz and Yasmin increased the potassium in the blood. Postassium effects the rhythm of the heart and heart attacks were occuring. Yaz and Yasmin also caused blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and pulmnary embolisms in young women. Many just girls barely starting a college life

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       History moves along and even the DePuy Hip Replacement, a metal on metal hip replacement recalled for its's vast need for revision surgery effects women more then men. Apparently ithe smaller frame of a women makes the device more prone to problems in the female statute.

      And here come the biggest disaster for women, the various vaginal mesh devices for urinary incontinence and uterine, bladder and bowel prolapse. This mesh device is made of a Prolene plastic synthetic fiber and apparently is not holding up. Wome across the country are screaming the horrors of the vaginal mesh. They are in severe pain. Some describe it as razor blades. The mesh is eroding thru the vaginal wall and at times itnot the bladder and bowel. having it removed appears to have its issues as well. Women can no longer have sexual intercourse and marriages are breaking up. Women cannot work and are losing their jobs and health insurance.  Even if there was a Doctor to help they have not money to pay for it. Last but not least we have the Mirena IUD. Apparently the Mirena Slicone IUD. Sound familiar?

The Mirena silicone IUD is showing side effects very reminiscent of the old Dow Silicone breast implants. We also have women prone to breast cancer who should not be implanted with it and the estrogen component is showing evidence of Breast cancer in some women. And last but not least it is gravitating out of position and effecting other near by organs by cutting or severing .

All in all we have many medical devices and drugs effecting women. When a women trusts a doctor it is devastating to find out they were harmed. Women are becoming depressed with sever emotional ramifications from devastating illness and complications. Many feel their loves have been ruined. Chat room are full of "MY experience " with—-. These stories are not pretty and many are stories of loss and a life ruined.

And one must continue to watch in awe as our T.V screens are filled with lawyers seeking to vindicate these women. Many are quite sensitive to the issues. We see one after the other. So many of these are the drugs and devices that harm women. can a dollar settlement help a ruined life?

Teen Blood clots From yaz are Destroying Lives, Parents are Out raged, yaz lawyers Filing lawsuits

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Teen says blood clot after taking Yaz destroyed her life

 

 

Courtesy of Lynsey Lee

Lynsey Lee, 19, was diagnosed two years ago with a blood clot in her left lung, months after she began taking the birth control pill Yaz.

 

 

Lynsey Lee hoped Yaz would relieve her severe menstrual cramping and pelvic pain, so she began taking the birth control pills when she was only 16. But, instead of getting better, she started experiencing extreme mood swings, nausea and even more pain.

“I got really, really sick,” says Lee, now 19, of White Bluff, Tenn. “I was just constantly throwing up, and it was getting hard to breathe sometimes.”

Then, she started having unbearable chest pains that sent her to the hospital what seemed like every few days. Doctors initially couldn’t figure out what was wrong. “They kept telling me that it was just my body getting used to the medicine,” she says. “Finally, [when I was 17] I just stopped taking it.”

Later that year, after numerous medical exams, doctors diagnosed a blood clot lodged in her left lung. During one emergency room visit, doctors asked Lee what would become a life-changing question for thousands of young women like her: “Have you ever taken Yaz?”

Now, she is among the more than 10,000 American women who have filed class action lawsuits or claims against the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, which makes Yaz, a popular birth control pill. Thousands more claims are expected. In documents released Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration raised questions and other similar pills, including life-threatening blood clots, and said warning information should appear on labels for doctors and patients.

Thursday, the FDA's panel of experts agree  that current labeling on the medications isn't enough and should be updated with more information on the risks. But that news comes too late for Lee.