Yasmin / Yaz Class Action Lawsuit-Like Consolidation Sought

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted July 27, 2009


As is common in complex pharmaceutical claims, where a large number of people file lawsuits against a drug maker with similar allegations that an injury was caused by a side effect of a particular drug, plaintiffs are seeking to consolidate all Yasmin and Yaz birth control lawsuits in an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation, where the individual cases would be assigned to one judge and handled in a manner similar to how a Yasmin / Yaz class action lawsuit would be managed during pretrial litigation.

The Yaz / Yasmin lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits involving serious and life-threatening injuries caused by these popular birth control pills, and support the formation of an MDL, as it will benefit the women who have experienced Yasmin / Yaz problems.

The motion was filed Friday with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation asking that an MDL be formed for the Yasmin / Yaz litigation, and that all of the cases filed in different federal district courts throughout the United States be transferred to the Northern District of Ohio for coordinated handling.

The Judicial Panel will schedule a hearing to consider whether the cases all involve sufficiently common questions of law and fact, and whether the transfer and coordination will serve the best interests of the parties, the witnesses and the court. If consolidation is ordered, the court will then determine which district would be the most appropriate to oversee the pretrial litigation.

It is expected that consolidation will be ordered, as Yaz and Yasmin are essentially the same drug, both containing a combination of ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Yasmin was first developed in 2001 by Berlex Laboratories, which was later acquired by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Yaz was introduced in 2006 by Bayer with a slightly lower amount of ethinyl estradoil.

The drugs are the only oral birth control pills in the United States that contain the progestin drospirenone, which the lawsuits allege increases the risk of side effects like:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Sudden Death

Consolidation will allow plaintiffs to pool their resources during pretrial litigation, eliminating duplicative discovery in hundreds or thousands of different cases and avoid inconsistent rulings by judges in different districts throughout the United States.

While most consumers consider MDL consolidation the same as a Yaz / Yasmin class action lawsuit, the cases are not permanently combined and do remain individual claims. Unlike a class action, each plaintiff’s damages are unique and it still must be established that their injuries were caused by side effects of the drug. Although the first trials, commonly referred to as “bellwether” cases, are often tried during pretrial litigation, if the other cases do not settle or otherwise resolve, they will returned back to the federal district where they were filed for individual trials.


Potential claims are being reviewed throughout the country for women who have suffered heart and other health problems from Yaz or Yasmin. All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis, which means that there will be no fees or expenses until a recovery is obtained, and nothing is owed if compensation is not secured.

To review a potential claim with our Yaz and Yasmin attorneys for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

68 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Mary says:

    I was taking Yasimin for 2 to 3 years and developed severe Migraines, that I end up in the ER more than once and the Dr. changed to Yas to see if it will help with the migraines. It did not. I have Migrains that lasts from 5 days to 10 days. THe only drug that could sometime control my Migraines is Treximet. But, I could only take up to 2 within a 24 hour. and the second tablet within 2 hours after the first tablet. If the 2nd Treximet does not work, I am in hell.

    Posted on July 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

  • Melissa says:

    I went on Yaz and ended up with horrible stabbing pains in my calves. I had been on it at least 3 months at this point, but not sure of the timeline exactly. It hurt so bad I contacted the on call doctor through my clinic. I also contacted my mother, a nurse who called a OB-GYN friend of hers who told her of the drospirenone that is used in Yaz. She said it increases potassium levels in those who take it. My mom informed me to see my doctor immediately. When I told her of the symptoms, I went off of Yaz right away. Had I not been well connected with medical professionals, who knows if the pain in my calves was a warning for DVT or blood clots- who knows what would have happened to me.

    A friend of mine now has weird cardiac arythmias and no one can figure out why- I have made her aware of the effects of Yaz, as she is a current user.

    Posted on August 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm

  • Jessica says:

    In 2007 I suffered a PE while on Yasmin at the age of 20. I had no risk factors what so ever. The PE was completely attributed to a side effect from the birth control. I now have to take an injectable blood thinner twice a day during my pregnancy as a medical repercussion.

    Posted on August 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm

  • Amber says:

    I started taking Yaz a few years ago. I was out in public and without no warning the whole left side of my body went numb. I was having trouble talking and felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was rushed to ER to find out that I had a Mini Stroke. I was later told after tests that I had clots as well. If I was not given treatment right away I could have died. The sad and scary thing is there was no warning and I was only on Yaz for about 2-3 weeks. I tell everyone I know about this to try to prevent someone going through what I have gone through. I have small children and a family as many women who still take the pill do and us women need to pull together and save each other from these kind of things.

    Posted on August 13, 2009 at 7:54 am

  • Amy says:

    I am 23. I not only think i got pregnant while on yaz but, i suffered atypical (strokelike) migraines that completely incapaciated me. I didnt’ know the people around me. I couldn’t use my right arm or talk out of the right side of my face. It happened at least once a month.

    Posted on August 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

  • Meghann says:

    I was on Yasmin and then switched to Yaz when it came out around 2006. I got married in 2007 and went on my honeymoon, only to develop severe leg pain in my right calf while away. I attributed the pain to muscle pain, and ignored it for a few weeks. The pain continued but traveled farther up my leg. Finally about a month later I went to the doctor, who sent me straight to the ER. I had 4 major blood clots (DVT) in my leg. I was hospitalized and further tests were run only to find out that I also had a PE as well! I was on lovenox (injectable blood thinners) for a few weeks and coumadin for about 9 months after. Now I am pregnant and have to be on 2 injections of lovenox a day because of my history with blood clots! Stay away from these drugs! It’s amazing I am still alive today and I am only 25!

    Posted on August 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  • marjorie says:

    i was on yaz for 17 months i had extreame cramps for 2 weeks due to it after having my child in 2000 had another child in 2005 had very extream diffacult birth and she is 4 now and weighs 30 pounds and delayed

    Posted on August 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm

  • Kris says:

    My 15 year old daughter went on Yaz and took it Faithfully at 9:00pm every night……She started complaining of her leg being tender and pins and needles and numb….I just figured it was the baby sitting on a nerve…Yes she got pregnant while taking YAZ…….It has changed her whole life…She still complains of her leg tenderness and numbness….I am going to take her to the Doctor today to make sure she doesn’t have any clots…I had know idea that this could be her problem….UGH!

    Posted on August 25, 2009 at 8:29 am

  • Kelli says:

    I am now taking Yasmin. I started takingYasmin about 2 years ago. My pharmacy started giving me Yaz instead of Yasmin because it was cheaper, and I had no insurance at the time. I was recently diagnosed with Endometriosis. I know you cannot get Endometriosis from birth control, but I was told by my doctor that if I wouldn’t have taken Yaz, and if I would have stayed with Yasmin, that I wouldn’t have had to get the surgery I recently got due to a cyst on my ovary. He said that the Yaz is the wrong amount of hormones for my body, and caused the cyst to appear. I started noticing the pain caused by the cyst about 1-2 months after I started taking Yaz. I had really bad pains in my lower abdominal area, and it lead me to not being able to work out, because the pain only got worse when I did. I’ve never had a problem with Yasmin, though.

    Posted on August 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

  • Andrea says:

    I have been on Yaz for the last couple years and before that I was on Yasmin. After reading some of the comments, I started to link some of the symptoms with ones I have had. I get something like migraines from time to time. It usually happens out of nowhere and feels like someone is stabbing needles in my head. Its so bad that I usually feel dizzy and instinctively grab my head and close my eyes. It happened in front of my roommate once and she got scared because of how badly I reacted to the pain. The other is that I often feel numbness in my extremities. I didnt think much of it, part of getting older, I thought; but after reading some accounts from others I am afraid that they are in conjunction with my use of these pills. I did not have either of these issues before I started taking them. I am wondering if it is too late or if I stop taking them now I can reverse any damage. I dont have health insurance so I cannot afford to end up in the hospital. I already pay $80 for the Yaz, its probably time to get off of it!

    Posted on August 31, 2009 at 12:34 am

  • Talena says:

    I had my daughter in 2007 and they put me on Yaz for three months. I started having upper stomach pain that wrapped around my back. At time I was on the floor crying for up to an hour. I was told at the time that it was just after effects of having a child.
    Then in Feb 2009, the pain got worse, and for longer intervals. My husband took me to the hospital and I was suffering from acute pancreatitis, and gall stones. I had hours before I would have died.
    I spent eight days in the hospital, and have to have two surgeries. One for the gall stone “sand” that blocked my pancreas from draining and one to remove my gallbladder. The gall stone took up almost my entire gallbladder.
    Now the effects of having my gallbladder removed? Almost constant diahreha, I cannot eat fresh vegtables, fruit, dairy,caffine, any oil even olive oil, or anything with fiber because it rushes thru me so fast that within 20 min I am in the bathroom.
    My skin is breaking out and will not heal , even on my arms and legs. My nails are paperthin and barely grow. I think I am nurtreant defecient. The scars still hurt and it has been 7 months. It feels like they nicked a rib on my right side.
    I had three doctors and not one told me that I might have the bad side effects from having my gall bladder removed. And no one gave me a choice, they said it had to be removed. And I did not have insurance at the time. I still do not so I cannot even go to the doc to have tests run to find out why I am not getting better.

    Posted on September 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

  • Jennifer says:

    I started taking Yaz on Sunday, July 12 2009. On Wednesaday, July 15 2009, after only taking 3 pills(Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) I started to develop symptoms of a stroke. I stood up and almost fell to the floor. When I sat back down I discovered that my right leg went completely numb. I couldn’t move it, it felt like a brick. Throughout the next few minutes the numbness traveled up to my right arm, right side of my face, and the right side of my nose. The whole right side of my body was numb. I tried to pick stuff up and I couldn’t grab it. Within a few minutes of that, I completely lost my speech and my right side of my mouth was droopy. I couldn’t speak. I was confused and couldn’t communicate. My mother rushed me to the hospital. I couldn’t repeat anything the doctors asked me to repeat, I couldn’t remember my social security number. I lost at minimum 95% of my speech. All I could say was “I” as they asked me to say “I love you mom” or “I love babies, they are so cute”. For four hours, I was confused and couldn’t speak. Needless to say, after having a stroke at 21 years old, I will NEVER go on Yaz Birth Control again.

    Posted on September 4, 2009 at 11:24 pm

  • Joy says:

    Wow! I feel very lucky after reading these posts. After my second child I went on Yaz for the hormones. About 3 months later I notices my hair was falling out in clumps in the shower. I use to have a really thick head of hair and now it is very thin. My hair dresser noticed it immediately when I went in and she asked me what I had changed. I told her the only thing was that I went on Yaz for birth control and she said she has a few clients that have lost a lot of hair from being on them. I went off of the pill and started to take pre-natal vitamins again to see if it would help my hair regrow. Well after 2 1/2 years it has filled in but it is still no where near what it was. I feel lucky that I haven’t had any other issues..that I am aware of. My migraines have come back. I use to get those all the time before my kids and now they are back again. I just attributed them to the hormone change after my son. I think I will go have a physical now just to see if anything else is going on.

    Posted on September 7, 2009 at 7:56 am

  • Emily says:

    I started taking Yaz in mid-spring/early summer of 2008. I took it faithfully for about 5 months before I started feeling really sick every time I took it. I ended up swithing birth control pills and the symptoms seemed to stop. In December of 2008 the pain came back very instensly in my stomach. I went to my Dr. who said there was something wrong with my gallbladder. After a few tests it turned out that my gallbladder was only functioning at 11%. I ended up having to have surgery to get my gallbladder removed because of the pain. I would have never though a pill could cause such issues.

    Posted on September 14, 2009 at 3:16 am

  • Bonnie says:

    I suffered from a pulmonary embolism in September 08. My only risk factor was the yaz bc that I had been taking for six weeks. Thank god I have health insurance I was hospitalized for a week and I was on blood thinner for six months to treat my condition. My doctor said the sole cause of my pe was the yaz pills I was taking.

    Posted on September 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

  • Jennifer says:

    I began taking Yaz at the end of April, 2009. Within three months, I was experiencing a great deal of pressure, cramping, and shooting pain in my abdomen. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor and found out that I had two 10cm ovarian cysts (something I attribute completely to Yaz since I have never had any health problems before.) The doctor said that I may need to have surgery to have them removed within a few weeks, if they do not diminish in size after going off of Yaz. Thankfully, now that I have stopped taking Yaz, they are beginning to decrease. Yaz was certainly the cause.

    Posted on September 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm

  • Kris says:

    My daughter was put on Yaz as a treatment for her acne. I thought nothing of it since the commercials were touting it as a “cure” for acne. We had tried a lot of other creams and meds. and nothing was working so we decided to try the Yaz. After taking Yaz for 2 months she developed a tremor in her right hand. The tremor was related to a headache that would come on suddenly and cause her to completely shut down until it passed. I took her to the doctor and we were referred to a neurologist. Prior to actually seeing the neurologist we had two visits to the emergency room. They ran blood tests, CT scan, MRI, some test that charted her brain activity, and gave us no answers but lots of different meds. that did nothing. The headaches continued and the tremors became worse.
    It looked as if she was have a seizure. I kept asking if it could be the Yaz and the neurologist said no. Finally, my pediatrian who prescribed the Yaz in the first place took her off it just to see if things improved. It took about two weeks for things to get back to normal. Once off the Yaz, the tremors began to subside. The headaches continued for some time but got weaker and weaker. As you can imagine we had a pile of medical bills as our insurance only covered 80% of all of the expensive procedures. Thankfully my daughter has completely recovered for this awful experience. Oh and by the way, it did completely clear up her acne.

    Posted on September 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

  • Karimah says:

    I started taking Yasmin in the summer of 2003 and I switched to Yaz in 2007. I didn’t have a period for 6 months and started to develop pains in my upper and lower abdomin. My legs would feel numb sometimes and I would feel dizzy. I went to my doctor and asked if my birth control could cause all these problems. She said no, that many women are on birthcontrol and it is completely safe. I went home and started doing research on my sytoms and whether or not it was related to birth control. I started to realize that birth control was deadly for women. I went back to my doctor because of my abdominal pains and showed her the research that I found and she laughed and said that I shouldn’t believe that stuff and to continue to take Yaz. I couldn’t go to the bathroom for days and started to have severe stomach pains and tingling feelings in my leg. My doctor then told me that at the worst I might have colon cancer and scheduled me for an emergeny colonoscopy. This was the scariest time of my life. I started to research holistic doctors in my area and I went in for an appointment and she took me off Yaz in April of 2008. She ran all kinds of test and it took me a year to completely be healthy again.

    Posted on September 27, 2009 at 7:21 pm

  • JENNIFER says:

    I started yaz in august 2009 and took it for about a month and recently seen the commercials for the lawsuits because it could cause heart attack and stroke. well ever since i came off of it, I have not had a period. None in september.

    Posted on September 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

  • Amy says:

    I had been on Yaz for several months when I suddenly felt pain in my foot. The doctor diagnosed the severe pain as plantar fasciatis, since I was “too young” to have a blood clot. After a week of doing needless foot and leg stretches for platar fasciatis, my entire leg swelled up. It turns out I had 2 deep vein blood clots in the same leg. I was clotted from my lower calf all the way up to my thigh. I started instant daily injections of blood thinners, then a course of coumadin (blood thinners) – for 6 months. The doctor confirmed it was due to high potassium levels from Yazmin.

    Posted on September 30, 2009 at 1:38 am

  • Stephanie says:

    I wish we had this pooled lawsuit in Canada. I am only 29 and since being on Yaz I had to have my gallbladder removed (and I’m definitely not over weight or old which is the reasoning behind the majority of gallbladder surgeries) which was a huge inconvenience, I have two children I could hardly take care of, and I ended up back in the hospital for dehydration the next night. Excruciating pain. I’ve started having endomitriosis like symptoms as well. They found my potassium levels were extremely elevated too. I had been taking Tri-cyclen for years previous with nothing like these effects.

    Posted on October 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

  • Tracy says:

    I started taking the birth control pill Yaz after discussing it with my OB/GYN. 3 months later, I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance showing signs of a stroke. I was later life flighted to another hospital after finding bleeding in my brain. My husband was advised of the possibility of me not arriving alive. I spent a week in the neuro-science ICU with a venus-sinus thrombosis; similar to a DVT but in a sinus cavity of the brain. I had severe bleeding on the brain and suffered a seizure. I was treated by some of the top doctors in the country and they found I have no factors that make me susceptible to a blood clot. Their final finding was to birth control. I am no longer allowed to take any kind of hormones and must be on an asprin regiment along with taking daily injections when I am pregnant. This happened almost 3 years ago and I am still suffering some side effects.

    Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm

  • Stacy says:

    I have been very blessed not to have any of
    the terrible things that yaz can do to you. I wanted
    to stop taking Yaz because I feel run down and tired
    all the time as well as tha headaches, sometimes I just
    have to go to bed when it happens. So I had se recent
    surgery and decided to stop the Yaz after my next cycle
    so I did that. I started bleeding so seriously that my mom
    drove me to the ER and I was bleeding so bad that I soaked
    throught 2 overnight pads before we left and by the time we
    got to the ER blood was in the car seat. I was in serious pain in
    a wheelchair with blood soaked pants. They typed my blood type
    just in case I needed a transfusion. I had to be put to sleep in the
    OR and they cleaned out bloods clots from my vagina and figured
    out the blood was coming from my Uterus. My Gyno was called from
    home to do all this and he said it was because of quitting my pills. I have taken them a year and 2 months. I have quit other pills and never had anything like this before. I had to start a new Yaz pack to
    stop the bleeding. I have a checkup on October 8, 2009 to see how I can stop this medication. I have always been healthy and I am very worried about how I will get off the Yaz now. I want off of it now this is an awful drug. It makes me angry that the meds. We were given has caused so many problems for so many women.

    Posted on October 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm

  • Shannon says:

    I have taken Yasmin for 8 months – during that time I have developed severe depression and insomnia, dehydration, weight gain of 20 pounds, vision changes, frequent urination, a severe cold sore outbreak (I’ve never had one before) and a brown spot above my eye.

    I was given an anti-depressant prescription which I discontinued after three months because it was not offering any improvement. At this point the depression is affecting all aspects of my life.

    I was making a list of things “bothering” me to present to a new doctor and at the same time saw a commercial about a lawsuit against Yasmin. I was amazed and horrified to find that all of my issues are side effects of the drug!

    I believe that my potassium level was also high a few months ago, but will have to wait until my medical records are forwarded to know for sure.

    After reading other stories I consider myself lucky not to have had anything happen by way of blood clots or stroke, but what has happened to me has been awful in itself.

    I stopped taking the pills three days ago, but I’m scared of what side effects there might be associated with discontinuing as well.

    I am hopeful to get my life back!

    Posted on October 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

  • Melissa says:

    I went off Yaz in May and have had nothing but physical ailments since. I have joint pain–in my back, shoulders, knees and ankles, I have HORRIBLE acne (that I never had before) and melasma on my face (brown pigmentation). My hair is falling out and I have gained weight since I stopped taking it. I had a baby 19months ago and went on Yaz when I was unable to have the mirena placed. I actually became really depressed when I was on it and everyone kept saying it was post-partum. This stuff is horrible. I’m not depressed anymore, but ironically my best friend has all of the same symptoms and she went off of it about a month prior to me. The only commonality in our stories is Yaz, so it has to be that.

    Posted on October 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  • melanie says:

    Hi: i have been on Yaz for three months and have noticed that I have lost about half my hair. I had lots of hair so it wasn’t noticeable at first.
    , but now it is a real issue. I am stopping tonight and I am going to follow a poster’s advice and take some prenatal vitamins to see if I can revert the situation Godamn Yaz! I hope Bayer get smashed in this lawsuit

    Posted on October 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm

  • Mary says:

    I was on Yaz for over a year starting in 2008. I have never had any problems with my stomach or abdominal pain before. In Feb 2009 I had a sudden gallbladder attack, with severe pain. I had to have surgery 2 weeks later to have it removed. I dont know what else it could be but Yaz.

    Posted on October 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm

  • Nicole says:

    Healthy 25y/o. Have used Yasmin as my form of BC since I was about 16. Have tried a couple of others, but this one seemed to regulate my cycle the best, which is why I always came back to it (and my main reason for taking it in the first place).
    Early August 2009 – I woke up in the middle of the night with horrible leg cramps. Its not entirely unusual for me to have charlie horses, so I brushed it off. Next day my muscles were sore, I figure from the cramps. Drank some water, took extra potassium supplements, and went about my day. Over the next few days, the pain got progressively worse. The cramps were Saturday night – by Wednesday I could barely walk. Thursday I was at my doctor’s office, who referred me to the Urgent Care for further testing.
    They ran a d-dimer test. The normal range is about 500 – mine was over 4000. This prompted them to look for a clot. They found that the clot ran from above my hip all the way to my ankle. I was immediately ordered to stop taking my BC pills and started on the Arixtra shots (a once daily version of Lovenox) and coumadin.
    Within days, my place of employment shut down. I am now unemployed, with barely any UE benfits coming in, trying to figure out how to pay these outrageous insurance premiums – because I have no choice. I have this insane medical issue that I cannot ignore and by all means – should not have to deal with at the age of 25.
    How on earth is this stuff still on the shelves, after all of these people have been so badly hurt? Their lives put at risk?

    Posted on October 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm

  • private says:

    I have been taking Yaz for 19 months. During the last month I have developed migraines that come on quickly without warning. They cause me to temporarily lose my vision in both eyes. My doctor couldn’t figure it out and tagged it as an ocular migraine. But they are supposed to only bother one eye. I had loss of vision in both. I can only see dead center and even that is fuzzy with minimal clarity when this happens. Since I have been taking Yaz I feel sick if I don’t eat right when I take it. I have had loss of sleep so bad that I had to go to an acupuncturist for various sessions and be prescribed herbs to help me sleep. This went on for months and still comes and goes. I have abdominal pain so bad when I work out that I have to stop. Especially near my lower abdomin above my left hipbone. My legs ache at night and if I walk any distance they just ache really bad. I had none of these symptoms before I went on Yaz. My doctor just says no, no, no, everytime I ask if any of this could be related. I think I’m going to get a second opinion. I use to have tons of energy and I was never tired. I could stay up really late and get up really early and it didn’t bother me. I now have no energy. I’m only 20 years old and I feel tired and dragging all of the time. No amount of sleep helps me at all, I’m always drained and I’m not overweight and I also eat extremely healthy.

    Posted on October 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm

  • Sarilyn says:

    I somehow managed to avoid having any negative side-effects from Yaz for years while I was on it. In fact, I thought it was the greatest birth control I had found. It got rid of my moderate acne, I had light periods that only lasted a few days, and virtually no PMS. But last year, at 25, I suffered pulmonary embolisms so bad that it put me in the hospital for nearly a week. I too had severe, blinding migraines for the first time in my life, about a month prior to being hospitalized. Then I began to develop pain in my torso mostly on the left side, and after about two days it had become so severe that I couldn’t take a full breath without causing myself intense, tear-jerking pain, and I was taken to the hospital and immediately given lovenox injections, coumadin, and put on a heparin IV. I now have to get my blood tested once a month (or more often, if my blood tests are bad, which they are right now, and I have been going at least once a week for the past 7 weeks) for the rest of my life, will have an extremely difficult pregnancy when I decide to get pregnant, and am at high risk of developing more PE’s later on in life. The only thing that caused this to happen was the Yaz, and there was absolutely zero question about that. This is one scary, scary pill, and I would have never went on it had I known all of the major side effects.

    Posted on October 20, 2009 at 5:45 am

  • Melanie says:

    I went on yaz after my daughter was born. She was born in Dec of 2007 and I went on the Yaz in Mar of 2008. I started having severe migraines that lasted days on end. I stayed on Yaz until Oct of 2008. Shortly after coming off the Yaz I developed severe side pain on my right side that felt like someone was sticking a ball under my ribs. The pain lasted for days. They weren’t typical gall bladder attacks, but it was my gall bladder. I went into the doctor in May of 2009 to talk to a general surgeon and he said that he would like to do a HIDE-A-SCAN, but couldn’t because I am pregnant. He said most likely I will have to have it removed shortly after my daughter is born. I was put on a low fat/fried food/sugar diet for my entire pregnancy to keep the attacks at bay. I still have the attacks every now in then, but the diet is helping tremendously. I am also on a special medicine that keeps the reflux associated with it at bay. I never before in my entire life had any problems with my gall bladder and it didn’t start until after I got off the Yaz.

    Posted on October 28, 2009 at 1:57 pm

  • ANNETTE says:

    I was on Yaz and Yasmin for two years and developed severe reflux for a year . That turned into a run to the emergency room in the middle of the night to have my gallbladder taken out in October of 2006. I never took birthcontrol again and the reflux went away immediately after the surgery.

    Posted on November 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm

  • Nani says:

    I am currently taking yaz and have been taking it for about 2 years now. My pcp prescribed it to prevent pregnancy and reduce my acne which really helped and cleared up my face. Ever since i have been on yaz i have developed sharp painful headaches mainly on the left side that causes blurred vision, nausea, and trouble walking. Even if i were to take something to relieve the pain it would only help for an hour sometimes only 45 minutes! However, the headaches were’nt as bad as the severe abdominal cramps i started experiencing about 8 months ago. The pain had gotten so bad i could hardly walk or move just 2 feet i sometimes had to hold on to counter tops or walls just to make it down the hall at work. Besides the pain and cramping i experienced bloating, nausea, vomitting and chest pain and dizziness along with a fever. I never thought anything of the symptoms and figured it was just my period acting up. I followed up with my pcp every month and everytime i’ve seen her i never used to mention all of my symptoms thinking it was normal. Now I know i should have spoken up sooner! One day (july 2009) at work the pain was so bad the DR i work with was really concerned and sent me to the hospital to get an ultrasound (yes i work in a dr’s office and i know i should have been the first one to notice the symptoms and get it addressed but I am a terrible patient and stubborn) The results came back and it turned out i had to get gall bladder surgery! I am still currently taking yaz but i will soon talk to my pcp about this and switch to another bcp or nothing at all.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 at 12:20 am

  • Nicole says:

    I was only on Yaz for a week or so when I first noticed signs that something was wrong. I felt sick constantly, just laying in bed waiting till I had to jump up and run to the bathroom. Then the pain came on, like I was being beaten with a bat all along my ribs, front and back. I called my gyno, she said she didn’t know but it didn’t sound like anything she could help with. I spent all my time in the bathroom vomiting and crying and walking around my house screaming because I couldn’t even sit down. I didn’t go to the hospital right away because I didn’t have insurance and was already missing work. Finally, I passed out and my father carried me to the car and to the ER. They gave me morphine and ran a bunch of tests to no avail. They told me to stay on a strict diet, which I did but a week later I was writhing again. I went back, waited 4 hours to be seen in the worst pain of my life only to be told that it was my gall bladder. It was twice the size it was supposed to be and completely hardened and filled with stones. I had emergency surgery to have it removed which they told me if i had waited any longer I would have died. Now, well over a year later I have terrible discomfort and pain after eating, every time. I have a multitude of gastrointestinal issues and am fretting constantly about it. Oh, and I have $40,000 dollars in medical debt now…

    Posted on November 10, 2009 at 9:50 am

  • Natasha says:

    I first took YAZ in November of 2007 and stopped in April of 2009. I requested the BC because I saw the commercials referring to it helping with PMDD. At first I experienced minor side effects such as nausea and breast tenderness, but after about a couple of months I adjusted. It worked wonders in the beginning with acne, PMS, cramping, and lighter periods. Then I noticed increased pain after my periods in the left ovarian side. Sometimes it lasted about 2 weeks and made it very uncomfortable for me to work out. I then noticed that I was anxious all of the time, feeling upset and angry for no reason. I also felt exhausted most of the time. Eventually into 2009 I started suffering from so much anxiety and depression that I could not stand dealing with anybody and I was suffering from insomnia. I would lay awake for hours, anxiously obsessing over the things that I had to take care of the following day. I decided all of this just was not worth it anymore, and stopped mid cycle. It took about 6 weeks to see a period again, but it was well worth it. Its been about 7 months since I have been off of YAZ and eventhough my skin is not the clearest and my period is irregular, I do not regret it. I feel lucky that I did not suffer as much as the other users did, but I do feel that had I stayed on YAZ it was probably only a matter of time. I still suffer from occasional anxiety in certain situations, when prior to using YAZ this did not occur.

    Posted on November 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

  • Erika says:

    i was on Yaz for about a month and a half and had the side effects of pulmontary embolism. went to the hospitol straight from work because i could hardly breathe and my chest felt like it was being crushed every time i inhaled. the pain was so intense that i couldnt stand up or walk.

    my fiance carried me from the car to the hospitol doors and i was directed to wait in the waiting room. i waited for 6 hours. upon examination, doctors said my blood pressure was low and that my heart and breathing rates were rapid but should go away with rest. they didnt know what was wrong with me. blood was drawn, a urine test was taken, and an ultrasound was done on my kidneys and utuerous and all they could say was that i wasnt pregnant. by than i was in a sarcastic bitter mood and was irritable with the nurses that kept walking by flirting with the doctors and not paying any attention to the patients.

    after waiting another hour i was perscribed percocet and sent on my merry way home. i still have difficulties because of the yaz. sometimes in my highschool’s tumbling class, i would have to sit out because i would have severe pressure in my head. ever since i quit taking yaz, my periods have been early or late. the latest my period was was 2 weeks. its been 2 months since i quit taking the yaz birth control.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm

  • christina says:

    I was put on Yaz in April of 2008 and took it for a year. I gained a lot of weight on them and noticed my face started going numb and have shooting pains in neck and face. I have been off of Yaz for 5 months now and my face still goes numb and I still have pain. I was taking Yaz for severe cramps and constant bleeding. I am scarred to take anything ever again and I am wondering if the numbness and pain are going to stay forever.

    Posted on November 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm

  • Darleen says:

    I have been on Yaz for about a year. Since then, I have experienced less than normal periods, (if at all), I have developed rown aging spots on my face and have been rushed to the hospital for a gallbladder infection. Luckily the infection went down and they did not take my gallbladder out but they tell me inevitably it will come out soon. I have had extreme amounts of uncomfortable pain in my abdomen. I am always gassy, have bad heartbearn and am on medication for that. The doctors tell me this could all be related to my gallbladder. The last appt. was last week when they asked me to exhale as they pushed in under my rib cage and told me it had to come out. I suppose I will be scheduling surgery soon!

    Posted on November 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm

  • Lee says:

    I feel very lucky to be off Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.before more severe problems arose. I started on Yasmin, then the insurance and pharmacy would instead fill the prescription with Yaz and sometimes Ocella to keep costs down, saying it was the same med. I went through nearly 6 months of huge severe painful mulltiple canker sores on the sides of my tongue and at one point 1/2 side of my entire tongue so swollen I could hardly breathe and swallow, scary. Once they’d start healing my period would start and bring more ulcers, it affected my speech, abiity to eat, etc. I also was havng other symptoms while on it of recurring charlie horses in my calves day and night. If you google tongue canker sores on Yasmine you’ll find hundreds of threads of women complaining of huge holes in their tongues while on yaz. Once off Yaz, no more sores, only large scars on the tongue and no more leg cramps. It’s been almost 2 yrs off Yaz and I’m still afraid of going on another BC pill. It was panful, relentless and an awful experience, it was that website that confirmed the culprit, no help from the doctors then as they said it was unrelated. The left side of my tongue that swelled so badly still remains patially numb and tingly but back under control now.

    Posted on November 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm

  • Jane says:

    Im 18 and just started taking Yaz and honestly i havent had any problems since taking it. I’ve been taking Yaz for almost 3 months, its done everything the commercial said. My mother has asked me if anything is wrong and there’s nothing wrong with me. Also, like said in commercial and by my doctor, she said if i expericence anything to tell her and stop taking it. Until something major happens im staying with Yaz.

    Posted on December 3, 2009 at 11:05 am

  • Jennifer says:

    I started taking yaz oct 1 2009…within 4 hours from taking the first pill I started bleeding with alot of blood clots.My dr put me on yaz to regulate my periods and I wasent on any other birth control before this.
    2 weeks go by and I was still bleeding with alot of bllod clots..but my dr told me that yaz causes spoting, so I thought it was nothing!!
    On nov 19 2009 I went to the hospital because I had sharp pain,thowing up,headakes,fever and high blood pressure and I was still bleeding!!…At the hospital they gave me a blood test and an ultra sound and found mult gullstones…so bad that I need to get my gull blader removed.YAZ BIRTH CONTROL SHOULD BE OFF THE MARKET AND DRS SHOULD STOP GIVING THEM TO WOMAN!!
    Nov 28 2009 I stoped taking Yaz and started taking Tri-cyclen (I have been on tri-cyclen last yr for a yr) and havent had any problems!! Blood pressure is back to normal,stoped bleeding,no pain.
    In the hospital my blood pressure was 190/100 SOOO HIGH I could of had a stroke or heart attack and Im only 26!!
    Im glad I stoped taking yaz when I did..I was only on yaz for 2 months and now I need to get my gullblader removed!!

    Posted on December 8, 2009 at 12:40 am

  • Alisha says:

    I have taken Yaz for about 3 years. I recently had to stop because I got off insurance, and it is expensive. I haven’t started my period in 4 months/ going on 5. Also when I was actually taking it, my face would go numb randomly for a couple of minutes.. then go back to normal. I always had very bad cramps, even on yaz. I haven’t gone to the doctors considering the fact that I don’t have insurance right now. I have taken every pregnancy test known to man, and all come out negitive. So I am wondering if me stop taking Yaz, made me stop my period. I am troubled by this, considering that’s its almost been 5 months. Blood clots are probably building, and there’s nothing I can do. So heads up Yaz Corp. I will be sueing you if it is because of this horrible product.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm

  • Stephanie says:

    I’m curious how long it took most people to have trouble. I took Yasmine back in 2002. i developed gallbladder trouble during pregnancy in 2005 and finally had it removed in Dec. 2008. I had no previous trouble. My mom recently told me about this, so I’m looking into it. Birth control is no longer an option with me, as all of it made me feel terrible….

    Posted on December 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  • Chantasy says:

    I started taking Yazmin this summer. Since then I’ve been suffering terrible mood swings, huge appetite loss, muscle pains, insomnia, abdominal pains and panic attacks.. none of which I suffered before starting this birth control. This is the fourth pill I’ve tried over the last few years. At first I was very pleased, it cleared up my mild acne and my first period while on this pill I suffered no cramps. The second month was completely different.. I’ve never had cramps this bad, I’ve began developing white spots across my back and arms. I used to be a very happy person, now I go from wanting to rip someones head off to crying with in seconds. I live in Canada and so far there’s been no class lawsuits here. I’d be very interested in hearing other peoples stories. I’m mostly concerned about the white spots of skin on my back and shoulders.

    Posted on December 23, 2009 at 11:24 pm

  • Erica says:

    I am o. The same page as most of you with the horrible pain, mood swings, migraines, dct. I actually stopped taking yaz in this past year prior to that for about 2+ years of being on jaz I just wasn’t feeling my self it helped with the acne and partial pain durring my cycle but while I was t in my cyce I would have crippling pain in my abdomen that would leave me inactive for days. In the beginning I was on Yasmine and afterthe first month or so it caused me to have my period every two weeks I was normally 3-7 day once a month girl so his wasn’t normal I contacted mt doctor and he told me this happens some times after a few more months of this I asked to be switched he switched mt to yaz I had horrible head aches and cramps normally so he thought this would co tjnue to help but my cycle would return to normal it did about four
    months later I began to bleed alot for one day contributing it to a reaction
    f the antibiotic I was on I had gone to the doctor a week before with back pain and abdominal pain and migraine pain again not even thinking of anything after some testing he told me if I had waited any longer I would have needed surgery once all healed I resumed taking the bc while still o. The ab and the bleeding started once that passed I no longer thought anything g of it then a month later I didn’t get my period at all same thing the next few then it resumed again in july worse then ever I contacted my obgyn and he gave me some long excuse in the end leading meto continue to rake the yaz next few years were ok except I gained 40 pounds and began to gehorrible acne and mood swings the the abdominal pain started again I just though I had to have eaten something that wasn’t agreeing win me I stopped taking the yaz the next month after seeing the fomercials and reading all sorts of info online it has been a little over a year now since I have stopped taking yaz and I dropped 17 pounds my mood swings aren’t dearly as bad the acne is moderate to very little the cramps are back but I can deal with this as long as it isn’t was I was experiencing before wish I would UAE looked it up in the beginning

    Posted on December 28, 2009 at 10:56 am

  • Kerry says:

    I took Yasmin several years ago when my insurance provider dropped Estrostep without warning. I had taken Estrostep for over a year with no side effects. Within a month of using Yasmin, I had developed migraines and alopecia – neither of which I had ever experienced in my life. I developed a bald spot the size of a silver dollar on the right side of my scalp. I saw my OBGYN and told her I felt sure Yasmin had something to do with it due to the claims I’d seen online about the same thing. She simply gave me a new prescription. I dropped Yasmin and my hair grew back in.

    Posted on December 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm

  • Joyee says:

    I started taking Yaz when it first came out. I was having 4 days worth of bleeding all in one day with horrific cramps. The Yaz stopped the cramping and allowed very little blood flow. After a few years, the blood stopped all together. In late 2008 I thought I was have ulcer or very sever indigestion. I was put on stomach medicine. This did not improve. My doctor had to prescribe hydrocodone so I could eat or I would be doubled up in pain after each meal. We ran many tests to eliminate any bacterial or parasitic indications; none were found. For some reason, my doctor wanted an MRI. The results showed I had some issues with my gallbladder (MRI’s are never used to diagnose gallbladder problems). I then had an ultrasound. The diagnosis was severe gallbladder disease. Surgery was performed within a few days. The gallbladder was larger than normal and had 16 stones, 3 of which were the size of sugar cubes. Doctor said she’s not easily impressed but my gallbladder impressed her.

    Posted on December 31, 2009 at 1:02 am

  • Rejoyce says:

    On day 10 of a migraine, non-stop pain. I’m off the Yasmin now, however, the headaches are just getting worse. My doctor has tried Darvacet, Fiorinal and Imitrex and I get no relief. All day and all night from mild to severe headaches from migraine to cluster to tension headaches.
    Many headaches a week, nauseau, dizziness, vertigo, inability to eat carbohydrates without feeling ill, pain in my calves, feeling like I had morning sickness all day. All of this from the birth control pill.
    I just want the headaches to stop now.

    Posted on January 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm

  • Sarah says:

    Did any of you read the possible side effects associated with taking this drug? All these things are listed!

    Posted on January 21, 2010 at 1:18 am

  • Wendy says:

    My daughter started yasmin just over a year ago (giveor take) to help regulate her periods. Since then her health has spiralled downward! She was a super healthy cross country runner who was suddenly affected by migraines, obscured and fragmented vision, heavy chest , problems breathing, sharp pains in the chest, cramps in her extremities, severe stomache aches, severe diahrea, hives, vitamin deficienct etc etc etc………. the llist goes on. the doctors have looked at everything but the yasmin and until I started researching it last night ~ i had no idea of the side effects of this pill. The way I stumbled across it was that the doctor had put her on Synthroid because her blood tests indicated that she now also has hypothyroidism. Since she went on the Synthroid last week, she has been feeling very very ill. I looked up Synthroid and it’s side effects and noticed that it warms you not to take it if you take Yasmin!!!!! So then I started looking into this Yasmin crap a little further and oh my god, it’s just horrible. We live in Alberta and I need to know if there are any other Candians who have experienced similar problems with this drug. Why would a doctor put your child on this kind of crap vs a standard BCP? Apparantly only Yasmin has this synthetic hormone called DRSP or Drosperinone and that is what is causing all of the side effects. please let me know if you have had a similar experience -we need to get the word out there – now!

    Posted on January 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

  • Chantasy says:

    Wendy, I live in Ontario and have been trying to find other Canadians that have had problems with Yasmin or Yaz. I’ve talked to a lawyer who is involved in a class lawsuit in the States who said that Canadian’s would need to join a Canadian class lawsuit, none of which he was aware of. I’ve done quite a bit of research and it is the synthetic hormone in yasmin making side effects so severe. I recently went through the informaiton booklet which came with my birth control package and read the side effects, almost every single one is listed as serious, to stop taking and see your doctor. I stopped taking my yasmin prescription lastm onth and haven’t been able to get in and see my doctor about a different birth control prescription or any the side effects I experienced. I still get severe cramping in my abdomin, which I’m sure is from the birth control still.. I also still have white spots across my back and shoulders which from what I’ve read could probably be caused by Yasmin, and if they are they’re unfornatunatley permanent.

    Posted on January 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm

  • Adrianne says:

    I started taking Yasmin when I was 15- about 6 1/2 years ago. I, for whatever reason, stopped taking the pill for a year or so until April 2008. I was having excruciating pain for about 12 hours, followed by pain that I can’t describe- I couldn’t move, breath, even speak. It literally felt like someone was stabbing me in the stomache with a knife for hours. I found out a few days later i had an ovarian cyst rupture. My Dr. decided that it was a mistake i made coming off the BC and put me back on Yasmin immediately. Since then, my life has been a living hell. As a matter of fact, my life hasn’t been my life. It’s been in the hands of many confused Dr’s. Since I started taking Yasmin again in 2008, my symptoms have been as follows: Started with ovarian cysts, which led to surgery for removal of one about the size of a grapefruit less than 2 months after getting back on the pill. Within 1 month, I was having irregular heartbeats and severe chest pain when I was at high elevations (so I found out hiking in the smokey mountains.) After wearing a heart monitor for 30 days, a stress test and ultrasound, I was diagnosed with a Sinus Tachycardia. Since my surgery, everything has gone downhill. Suddenly, things weren’t digesting correctly- and at the most random times. Sometimes I could eat whatever I wanted and be fine, other times I couldn’t eat a plate of spaghetti without spending hours on the toilet. Since my surgery June 10th, 2008, I have lost almost 60 pounds. I’m sure from a combination of loss of appetite and simply not being able to keep food in my body long enough to digest it! Aside from that, after the surgery I had my first encounter with colon/bowel impaction. Since June 16th, 2008, I have been impacted 4 times- one time leading to surgical removal, which was on June 17th, 2008. It doesn’t make much sense to me, because after that point it seemed like I’d have diarrhea for days on end, then get constipated or impacted, then start the cycle over. Migraines hit me like a ton of bricks, instantly, and last DAYS. I think my longest was almost 6 full days. Constant stomach and lower abdomen pain- had multiple ultrasounds done to check for more ovarian cysts just to find nothing half the time, cysts the other half…since then, I’ve had almost upwards of at least 15-20 cysts, 5 of which have ruptured or leaked out- causing me the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life. Since then, the abdominal pain won’t stop…even when cysts aren’t present. Frequent, URGENT (and for the first few months after surgery) very painful urination. I stopped taking Yasmin for a few months or so in spring 2009, because I was simply convinced that it was what was causing my cysts. When i went in for my yearly this past early July (2009) ,my OB discovered more cysts (one of which ruptured on the table DURING the exam!!!) , and my Dr. decided to switch me to Yaz. Since July 2009, my life has been even more of a Hell. For the first 2 or 3 months I PMSing constantly, was constantly bloated, both breasts were EXTREMELY tender, even throughout the month! I developed acne which I’ve never had problem with in my life, I was moody, anxious, depressed, and was constantly getting leg cramps, but always got the cramps while i was sleeping. I also noticed that on my thumb and index finger of both hands, it appeared that my nails almost had ripples in them. Another VERY interesting thing I noticed was I was loosing quite a bit of hair…so much my fiance and old roommate commented on it. I would also go through really weird “fits” is what I called them- I had trouble digesting food sometimes- for only a day or two at a time, but anything i ate would get me sick…on both ends. Needless to say, my cysts haven’t gotten better either. Over the past few months though, a few other problems started to show up. Aside from all the previous side affects listed above, a few new ones showed up. Severe muscle pain was probably among the first. Also, my fiance noticed that every month, right around the time my period would start, my skin would get a yellow hue to it. And I noticed that when I’d pull my eyelid down, the white part of my eye covered my my eyelid was also yellow. About a month after this started, i noticed my nails started growing thin, and had gotten so bad on my right thumb that after 7 weeks, i have a spot on my thumb that is trying to grow out where it was so paper thin at one point it started to bleed, and hurt with the slightest bit of pressure. My hair loss has also gotten much worse, so bad to the point where maintenance had to “snake” my bathtub drain 2 times since August. I also began to feel very tired…all the time. No matter how much sleep I got, I was always tired- yet I had the HARDEST time falling asleep at night!!!! I couldn’t tell you how many sunrises I’ve seen in the past 12 months! Probably more than most people have seen in a lifetime. Acid reflux is also somethin that started in the last couple months, which is something i’ve honestly NEVER had a problem with in my life. Not even foods that would typically bother someone without a problem would ever bother me before. Now, my digestion has gotten so bad that i honestly dont go a day without feeling like i’m going to puke, or puking. about 2 1/2 weeks ago, I went out to eat, had a couple drinks with dinner, and the next day I woke up with a fever, chills, and vomited for over 8 hours. The last 3 hours of vomiting, I couldn’t stop burping and I literally had nothing in me but bile-but I had never seen anything like this in my life. My bile (which is normally THIN and YELLOW-sorry for all you with weak stomachs) was coming up GREEN and thick almost identical to the consistency of phlegm! I couldn’t believe it! I kind of blew it off (i’m a horrible patient…I’m so sick of going to Dr’s….)Well, this past week, wed, Thurs and Fri night I was celebrating birthdays in the family and went out to eat. All 3 nights, within 4 to 5 hours of finishing our meal, I was getting cold chills very badly, SEVERE cramping, nausea, bloating, and birping and a pain behind the ribs on my right side. Everytime, within an hour of the onset of chills and pain I was in the bathroom with the most atrocious diarrhea I’d ever had in my life. It was literally like a yellow liquid with small brown chunks in it. Needless to say, I have had a really rough time with my health the past 2 years, and I attribute most if not all of these issues to the fact that I’ve been taking Yasmin/Yaz for so long. This is serious. Lives have been lost, constant and permanent pain has been left on the shoulders of those who trust their medical professionals, and myself (among many others i’m sure) have been suffering and losing precious days of life that could be spent COMFORTABLE to say the least. Someone needs to do something about this. So many health problems really breaks down a persons will to live, and completely takes away from the persons quality of life. I hope that this gets settled- and soon. I know I can’t foot these medical bills anymore, and sure can’t take the pain, discomfort and weakness; and I know there are plenty of people in the same boat as me. Something needs to be done NOW.

    Posted on January 31, 2010 at 3:30 am

  • AC says:

    I was prescribed YAZ after suffering from a ruptured ovarian cyst. I experienced severe depression, significant weightloss ( 15 pounds), horrible headaches, and possibly got pregnant while on this pill for only a month. I was prescribed to be on this medication for about four months but I personally discontinued it because of the horrible side effects. When I saw a commericial about a Yaz/Yasmin lawsuit, my mom ( who has a law degree ) suggested that I talk to someone about my symptoms although they were not the ones listed in the advertisement. I would like to know more information if possible.

    Posted on January 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm

  • Chantasy says:

    After stopping yasmin the lower abdominal pains I’d been suffering from weekly stopped. Last night they started up again and I was advised by a coworker with a med degree to go to the ER. At the ER I was told by the Doctor that she’s never heard of yasmin causing any problems (Which I know is a huge lie.) But that I should be referred to a gyno immediatley, even though she doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with me. I find is very interesting that I was told by the on call doctor that there’s most likely nothing wrong with my reproductive system, because I’m only 18, but was booked for an ultrasound for later today, and am being reffered to a gyno for the next open appointment. Since I’ve stopped taking yasmin I’ve had terrible acid reflux, I’ve felt very nauseaus lately which I assumed was my body fighting a flu going around lately, I still have white patches of skin across my shoulders which I never had until I started on yasmin, I was constantly tired but a terrible insomniac while on yasmin, my mood changed considerably I was normally a happy person and never cried, maybe once every few months I’d cry, while on yasmin I’d start crying for no reason and I suffered from severe rage problems. Living in Canada I haven’t been able to become part of a class lawsuit yet.

    Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm

  • tiesh says:

    I took yasmin for 5 months and ended up pregnant while taking the drug. I developed high blood pressue and was hospitalized many times throughout. After a premature delivery, I suffered a mini stroke and lost movement and feeling in my left arm and leg as well as the left side of my face. The migraines are relentless and lead to loss of vision on a daily basis. I have been diagnosed with chronic high blood pressure now and am taking the strongest dose of medication for this and it is still high.

    Posted on March 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

  • Renee says:

    I started taking yaz in 2007 for 4 months and almost right away started experiencing abdimibal pains. Yesterday I had my gallbladder removed and I firmly believe it is because of the yaz product

    Posted on March 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm

  • Stefani says:

    I’ve been taking Yaz since Oct. 2009 after switching from Loestrin fe24 because it caused severe depression.Everything seem to be ok the first couple of months until I started noticing different mood changes and I began to doubt whether it was me or the BC.About six months into it I noticed a total loss of sex drive and I was constantly angry.Four months in I began to get migraines at the onset of my period.
    Just recently I got fed up with trying to find a BC that does not effect me negatively and stopped.Now several days later and this morning I woke up with severe charlie horses in both legs. I am hoping that this is all they are and they do not turn into blod clots.My one leg is still sore.I will moniter the situation. What makes me angriest of all is that my GYN is prescribing this crap that causes all these problems.When I told her I was having problems on the Loestrin she told me it was my age, I am only 34.She wanted to put me on antidepressants.It seems like alot of doctors these days are just drug pushers.
    I don’t trust any form of hormonal birth control anymore.

    Posted on April 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

  • Krissy says:

    I have been on YAZ for three years. I got back from my honeymoon on a Tuesday and by the following Tuesday I was admitted into the hospital for a pulmonary embolism. The doctor’s have concluded it was a result of me being on the birth control pill. It has been an awful experience and I am now required to be on blood thinners for six months.

    Posted on May 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm

  • Stephanie says:

    I have been takeing yasmin for two years. Not realizing it but I had been suffering from canker sores on a daily basis I would have at least three of them in my mouth feeling constant fatigue. It did not hit me until I was spotting on Yasmin and had to switch to avianne that my canker sores were completly gone and I no longer felt tired unfortunatly I had gained so much on aviane that I had to go back on Yasmin . And that is when I clues in that all this time we had been testing me for everything from HIV to lupus to hepatitis to anemia it was actually the birth control that was doing this. Becauseonly 3 days after takeing yasmin again I was constantly tired had 5 canker sores in my mouth. This pill is so bad for you I am now getting off of it after this month for good

    Posted on July 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

  • Sharon says:

    wow, I cant believe there are so many of us that have had a Pulmonary Embolism. I had a pain in my leg for a few days. Then shortness of breath as well and then woke up in the middle of the night and had great pain in the chest and could hardly breath. I was rushed to hospital and later diagnosed with a DVT, PE .. thank goodness they picked it up. Or would not be here writing this post. I have been on blood thinners warfarin for 4 months. I am now suffering fatigue all the time and depression.

    Posted on August 26, 2010 at 2:45 am

  • Erin says:

    In 2010, I suffered from pulmonary embolisms from taking Yaz birth control pills. My clots were so large that they were almost completely blocking my pulmonary arteries. Thank goodness I got to the hospital when I did. I was treated in the hospital for five days. I am now taking blood thinners for at least 6 months. I am 20 years old and I am young, active and NOT overweight. This entire experience has been a complete nightmare, and after reading the other posts on this form, I do not know why something has not been done about this drug.

    Posted on November 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

  • Erin says:

    This comment is directed toward Sarah who stated, “Did any of you read the possible side effects associated with taking this drug? All these things are listed!” Yes, Sarah, I was aware of the side effects of the pills and was concerned about taking them when I was 19 years old. I had a consultation with my gynecologist where I expressed my concerns about the side effects of the pills. My doctor told me I had absolutely nothing to worry since I was so young, healthy, and active. If my doctor would have went into a little more detail about the seriousness of the side effects, I might not have went on the pills at all. When your doctor seems completely confident that you are not at risk of any side effects and reassures you of it, you are more willing to not worry about the side effects.

    Posted on November 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

  • Sabrina says:

    I took Yaz for about 1 month. I had shortness of breath, pain in my calf and foot. Went to urgent care and then was rushed to ER. Diagnosed with PE in my lungs. Never had this problem. Yaz is a horrible pill and should be taken off the market. I am now involved in a class action. Now, I have to take a blood thiner for the rest of my life. And, yes, I to spent a week in the hosptital as well. Thank God, I went in when I did

    Posted on January 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  • Tonia says:

    Took Yaz which resulted in pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in my lungs). Blessed to be alive, if you are reading this due to possibly thinking about taking Yaz, DO NOT TAKE IT!!! It is not worth your life!!!!! Many have died as a result of blood clots etc. from taking Yaz!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blood thinners needed for 6mo. now possible lupus from it as well.

    Posted on April 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  • Joann says:

    In 2002 I saw a very pro pill ob/gyn. Expressing my reasons for not wanting to go onto any form of the pill because of the various side effects, I was informed it would be the only way to “regulate” my periods and so in the end I gave in.
    After being prescribed two different pills that I had bad reactions to (the first broke me out in a red rash around my mouth and the second had me in bed or throwing up), she decided to put me on the “new” pill, Yasmin. Being that there were no generic forms for it back then, I paid, even with health insurance, something like $36 for my first month.
    One week after starting Yasmin I developed shooting pains in my lower abdomen and a reflux. Thinking it was bad indigestion I took a Pepcid and suffered through it. One week later, another attack. While discussing this with my mom she mentioned that she thought it might be the pill and since I hadn’t wanted them in the first place maybe I should just stop taking them. Thinking this sounded like a good plan, I stopped. So I ended up taking Yasmin for a total of two weeks.
    For the next 8 or so months I suffered through these pains at least once or twice a month. Finally, after witnessing many of these “attacks” my boyfriend gave me the “you better go to the dr. or else” speech and in the summer of 2003 I finally gave in (I’m really stubborn) and went to the ER. I was informed there that it was my gallbladder and was set up with a doctor who performed an ultrasound. While reviewing the ultrasound he told me that I had more gallstones than he had ever seen in anyone, let alone a 20 year old woman, and scheduled me for surgery.
    The almost funny thing about this lawsuit was that during the time this was occurring for me, I mentioned that I thought it had been the Yasmin to both my ob/gyn and my surgeon and they dismissed it. Being the stubborn person that I am, I kept those pills and still have the last two weeks in an expired pill pack in my bathroom. Safe to say I was slightly relieved when I saw the advertisements on Tv stating that there was a lawsuit against them.

    Posted on August 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  • Afraid to die says:

    Sunday 23 October 2011.
    I am writing this so others would hopefully not fall into this trap.
    I was put on YAZ about three months ago. I am 47 and my doctor put me on it to even out my hormones. I started having strange head pains. I don’t want to call it head aches as these pains felt like it was “rods” of pain shooting from inside my head. I started feeling dull and lifeless and became unable to sleep.The pain was tremendous. Then about a week and a half ago on Wednesday night, the pain got to the point thta it was unbearable. The blood was pulsing so hard through the left side of my neck I pushed my fingers against it to slow it down. My head was cracking open and I was unable to breath. I was gasping through my mouth. I managed to make it through the night without going to the hospital but felt incredible ill the next morning. Despite feeling ill I started my day and decided to work from home. I was on the phone and started sweating, my heart started beating very strange and at times felt like it was breaking through my chest. I thought it was probably some sort of anxiety attack. My temple felt like an insect was trying to get through my veins and choked it then there was a “release” and it felt like the blood rushed through flushing the insect. It sounds pretty gross but this is the best description. I have been struggling wiht bouts of depression and thought that it was linked to having started a new job, so that night I called an online Counsellor as I just wanted to go to sleep and not wake up, but I am having difficulty sleeping so no release there. I felt so sick and tired I just wanted to die. I told them that I was having problems driving and they warned me that they would have to override patient confidentiality if I did.
    I went to work the next morning and experienced the palpitation, sweating and then double vision, I felt as though I could not speak , my thoughts slowed down and later self exam revealed that my pupils were not responding as they should to light. They were like the rest of me.. sluggish. I called my husband . Honestly I was not sure I was going to make it through that episode and started trying to think what my last words to my husband were. I wanted to see him before I died. I was feeling like I was going to die. I did not die and made it home. We called TeleHealth and was advised to go to emergency immediately. I was afraid to go. I wanted to die with my husband close by me. NOT in a hospital. In retrospect I was feeling so badly it clouded my judgement . I should have gone. thIS was just over a week ago and I am now scheduled for a CAT SCAN in two days. I have some strange lingering symptoms.
    My left eye muscle does not feel as tight as the right eye muscle. I cannot close my left eye as I used to before. It is very subtle. I am thinking of taking a video and slowing it down to see it there is a time differential in the closing.Left upper arm.. aching !
    A couple days later. walking through the kitchen. Massive muscle spasm on left side of back. unable to raise or move my head.
    Still unable to turn my head fully and the muscle is still sore on my left shoulder. Restricted movement to the right side. The muscle aches this is now about 6 days post incident.
    Many symptoms have continued since then , my doctor took me off of YAZ last week Tuesday, since then, insomnia, bruising on skin. Terrible headaches. Feel like I have a cold. I keep coughing and it feels like water in my lungs. Friday, loss of use of Left arm, pins and needles cramps which eventually went away after several hours, now constant pain in left arm bruise on skin that is not painful to touch. Today.. loss of use of right arm. Pins and needles cramps middle three fingers folded in.. extreme pain up fore arm. Lasted about 5 minutes. Now heavy feeling in right arm.
    This morning .. painful pins and needles cramps at the top dead centre of my head. Cramping moved down to my cheeks and into my ear. Felt light headed and dizzy and pain deep in left ear. Vision impacted. Not blurred but not clear. Feels like I just woke up and keep rubbing my eyes. It is now 2 am Tuesday Morning. I am afraid to sleep. The pain is very bad in my left arm. It feels like someone put too much A535 UNDER the skin on my forearm and my upper arm is sore and burning. Pins and needle cramps have not gone away still at the top of my head. I keep coughing. It feels like water in my lungs. My calves ache as though I have been exercising. My friends came over on the weekend and I told her my doctor took me off of my birth control and put me on aspirin. She asked which Birth Control and when I told her YAZ she mentioned to me that her doctor put her on Alesse as they had heard some negative news about YAZ. Following her advice tonight I decided to research YAZ and realized that my symptoms are not in my head as I first thought. ( I thought I was just depressed and bringing these symptoms on my self in some way ) I am terrified as I am 47 and have many of the symptoms that people have mentioned. I have a beautiful 6 year old and sweet caring husband. Now it seems that I inadvertently have impacted my life and may be on a time bomb waiting to go off. I am worried that the pain in my left arm and severe cramping today in my right arm are related to blood clots. The “insect” in my temple was probably a clot trying to pass through the vein. I am documenting my symptoms so maybe someone else can relate to it and it will serve as a warning to see your doctor fast.
    It is 2:23 am. I have insomnia, but I am still alive.

    Posted on October 24, 2011 at 2:32 am

  • Danielle says:

    I was taking Yaz and stopped because I was having the worst headaches I’ve ever had in my life. Shortly after I stopped taking it I ft pregnant and during an ultrasound they found that I had ovarian cyst. They didn’t know what caused it at all and then I mentioned I was YAZ birth control previously. They eventually went away because of the weight of my daughter BUT she was also born with one kidney and the doctors couldn’t find the reason behind that. I’ve been doing research to see if perhaps it’s from taking YAZ but I haven’t come up with anything yet. Be careful what birth control you take ladies, it might affect you but it could also affect your child .

    Posted on January 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

  • Christina says:

    When I was younger I took YAZ I started having migrains bad I had to lay down all the time then I started having seizures the worst ones I know.from it or if.any one.else.Had them also? I rode in ambulance 4 times because of them was no fun at all!

    Posted on July 17, 2017 at 10:37 pm

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