Yaz and Yasmin Gallbladder Problems
UPDATE: Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. is no longer accepting cases for women who suffered a gallbladder injury after using Yaz, Yasmin or another drospirenone-based birth control pill. Potential claims are only being accepted for women who suffered a blood clot injury, such as a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attack or other thromboembolism.
In addition to the potential risk of serious and potentially life-threatening blood clots, many otherwise healthy young women who have used the birth control pill Yaz or Yasmin have experienced painful gallbladder problems that could ultimately require surgery for gallbladder removal.
>>MORE INFORMATION: Yaz Lawsuits
The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential Yaz and Yasmin gallbladder lawsuits for women throughout the United States. Cases are also being pursued for women who have suffered severe blood-clot related injuries resulting in heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or death.
The makers of Yaz and Yasmin knew or should have known about the risk of gallbladder complications associated with their birth control pill, yet failed to adequately warn about the problems.
Yasmin was approved in 2001 with a combination of drospirenone, a progestin, and ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen. Yaz was approved five years later in 2006, and it is essentially the same drug, but contains a slightly higher amount of estrogen.
Before the introduction of Yasmin, no other birth control pill was marketed in the United States with drospirenone, which is unlike other progestins available. It is a diuretic, which creates unique risks with Yaz and Yasmin and could lead to serious gall bladder problems like gallbladder disease.
The gallbladder aids in the digestive process and concentrates bile produced in the liver. Symptoms of Yaz or Yasmin gallbladder problems could include:
- Pain or discomfort in the upper right side of the abdomen
- Abdominal Bloating
Despite substantial evidence of the potential Yaz and Yasmin gallbladder side effects, Bayer has sold the birth control pills without adequate warnings, exposing women to permanent and painful injuries. This may entitle women who have suffered an injury to financial compensation.
YASMIN AND YAZ GALLBLADDER LAWSUITS
The Yaz and Yasmin attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential cases on behalf of women who used the birth control pills and have been diagnosed with:
- Gallbladder Disease
- Gallbladder Complications
- Heart Attack
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
To review a potential case on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
101 Comments • Add Your Comments
Many medications are risky to consume and many have side effects. I believe Yaz warns their consumers well about the serious side effects in their fine print. I currently take Yaz on a regular basis and am aware of the complications. I believe it is up to the consumer whether they should take the drug or not. No one is forcing them. Yaz should not be held responsible.
Posted on August 16, 2009 at 1:03 am
im a healthy young mother of 3 kids, i never had any health problems until i started taking yaz i had to have my gall bladder removed and now have 3 horrible scars on my abdomen from it and i read all the information related to it , never once did it say anything of risk of my gall bladder being removed.
Posted on August 17, 2009 at 12:31 am
I feel a little differently because i started taking it in the end of 2007 and by july of 2009 i was in the hospital with gallbladder problems and now have to have surgery. I never read or heard anything about gallbladder complications in the possible side effects. i hope it doesnt happen to you but if it does Yaz should be held responsible just like for all the other cases.
Posted on August 19, 2009 at 2:54 pm
I took Yaz for almost 3 months and had to get my gallbladder removed.
I was 17 years old when I started having gallbladder attacks, they started a few days before my 18 birthday 25 days after my birthday I had to get gallbladder surgery and my Doctor found 50 gall stones.
I read through my whole book that came with my Yaz and it did not say anything about gallbladders, so yes it was my decision but if i knew that 3 months after i started taking Yaz I would have to get my gallbladder tooken out then I would have never chose Yaz. I mean come on I had my daughter in August 2008 had my gallbladder tooked out November 2008 so if you really think they warn people about it read your book where does it say anything about gallbladder??
Posted on August 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm
I am currently 25 years old and started taking yaz after the birth of my second daughter. She was born December of 2006. I had a few gallbladder attacks that resulted in the removal of my gallbladder due to a gallstone located in the neck. My gallbladder was removed in 2008. I took yaz for a total of around a year.
Posted on August 22, 2009 at 12:10 am
I too had my gallbladder removed, I was shocked to find out that something was wromg, I couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden my gallbladder went bad. I was in the law enforcment academy and had the surgery the last week, I have those ugly scars also from the surgery. I took Yasmine and Yaz, it also made my hair come put around the edges and as soon as I stopped taking it , the hair began to grow back. And on top of that I had an really excessive Uterine bleed and anlmost bled to death because of these pills.
Posted on August 22, 2009 at 1:07 am
Iam a 28 year old mother of 1 and began taking yaz in september of 2007. By December I was horribly ill and my gall bladder was so bad that I had pancreatitis. Ihad to be hospitalized for several days and had to have my gallbladder removed after my pancreas cleared up. Now I have three ugly scars on my stomach and not to mention the cost of the hospital stay. I researched yaz and did not find any info at the time regarding gall bladder problems.
Posted on August 24, 2009 at 8:11 am
I have been on Yaz since September 2008 with great results due to my PCOS. I had my gallbladder removed in June 2009, but started experiencing complications with it in June 2008. I do not believe the Yaz and gallbladder are related in any way!
Posted on August 24, 2009 at 9:45 am
Im 20 and i started taling Yasmin when I was 18 around march 07. By October 08 my gallbladder was removed. I didn’t have gallstones, but rather my gallbladder stopped functioning completely. I didn’t find out about Yasmin being a cause until way after the surgery. My doctor said its rare for someone my age to have any sort of gallbladder problem like that.
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 10:13 am
OH MAN. I was on this pill end ended up with gallbladder disease. I was a healthy girl before this. I got my gallbladder removed just 3 months ago when i was 19. I just turned 20 last week. I was vomiting, frequent diahrea, my stomach felt bloated and i had upper pain in my stomach. =/ I feel much better now that i had my gallbladder removed. No one should feel this pain as I went through. It’s the worst!!!
I went on an emergency doctors visit to see what I had. The doctor rushed me to the Emergency room where they sent me to get an ultrasound which revealed that I had gallstones.
A few days later I got an emergency surgery. I had suffered for about 5 months thinking it was very bad gas pains till I couldn’t take it anymore.
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 6:34 pm
I was on the Yaz pill for about 8 months and had what I later found out were gall bladder attacks, until all of a sudden they got so bad I went back to my doctor complaining and they did an ultrasound showing I had several stones. In June of 2009 I finally had my gall bladder out and now have some side effects from that. Funny that Erica has brought up about the bleeding, I finally had to go off the Yaz pill because I bleed profusely for an entire month and had to be put on Progesterone to get the bleeding under control. If I had known that the yaz pill caused gall bladder problems I would never have gone on it.. You try to protect yourself from having an unwanted pregnancy and wind up having surgery due to not being informed of complications that could occur, something doesn’t sound right to me… If I did something wrong in my job I would be held responsible why not these big drug companies, why should they not be held responsible for their actions.
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 9:36 pm
I began taking Yasmin in 2007. Been taking it since. About 3 months ago I began having gallbladder attacks and had my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago. I never knew the pills could lead to this…
Posted on August 26, 2009 at 12:00 am
I am 19 years old and very healthy, and i started taking yaz about two months ago. Two weeks after I started on the pill (July third 2009) I started throwing up and couldn’t go into work because I was so sick. I had almost no appetite and lost 20 pounds very quickly, I am a very small-framed person and the weight loss made me look skeletal. I was losing a lot of sleep because nothing made the pain go away, sometimes I woke up in the middle of the night just to end up vomiting violently for two hours. I was sick for a total of two months and out of work because of the nausia and the vomiting and constant horrible feeling pretty much kept me in bed. Over the course of those two months I went to doctor after doctor after doctor and went through every test any of them could think of. I have always hated needles and throughout the course of my sickness I have been poked many many times, its now to the point that it hurts very bad to have a needle put in my arm. I get hot and nausious when they are putting it in. I read all the instructions that came with my yaz birth control and it didnt say anything about gallbladder problems being linked. I just recently had my gallbladder removed, August 14th. Today it is August 26th. My symptoms started in July, two weeks after I started taking it. All through june I was on my period, even while taking the yaz. It wouldnt let up and I was miserable. I constantly needed care because I would get so weak because I couldn’t even get out of bed some days because I hurt so bad and I wasn’t eating. Money got very tight in my situation between all the doctors co-pays (I have health insurance) and all the meds they had me on and off. I had to be rushed into the emergency room on more than one occasion because i would be so dehydrated and vomiting for and excess of 3 hours straight. I got to the point that I was depressed because no one knew what was wrong with me and all the tests were showing nothing. I now feel much better after I stopped taking the Yaz and had my gallbladder (which was working at 18% capacity. its supposed to be above 35%) removed. I now have weird looking scars on my abdomen and I am still recovering. I am upset that nothing in all the books and paperwork said anything about gallbladder issues. Now that I have gone through the hell of two miserable months I am a little reprehensive about trying something new because if the makers of Yaz didnt tell us women about the gallbladder issues, who else isn’t telling us about other issues that can be life threatening. I want to know EVERYTHING about the medicines that i put in my body, and im sure every other sane person does too.
Posted on August 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm
I was 16 years old when I started taking yasmin, and was on it for about a year. I started having stomache issues and had my gall bladder removed when I was 19 years old. The doctors said my gall bladder functioned at a level of 17% when it should have been fully functional since I am young.
Posted on August 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm
I am 36 years old and the mother of 3 children. I started using Yasmin in May . I started having gallbladder sympmtoms in July 2008. I went on having severe nausia, pain in my upper right side, severe heartbearn and attacks throughout the night that woulld feel like I was having a heart attack. I had a test that showed my gallbladder was no longer functioning and had it removed in September 2008. However all my digestive probplems have been going on since then. I have had 3 endoscopies and 2 colonoscopies that have showed nothing. I’m currently taking aciphex 2 times daily which does not help. I have tried several other meds with no help. I also lost close to 30 pounds during this whole time. I am 5’7 and now weigh 116 puonds. Just recently I have been having lots of heart palpitations . I have seen my primary care physician who ordered an echocardiogram but it showed everything was okay. I wore a Holter monitor for 24 hours and it did show a very increased heart rate at times during my sleep. I seem to have these palpitations about two or three times during the day and then sometimes they last throughout the night when I lie down. He has recommended putting me on heart medication now. I am just scared to keep taking all of this medication not even knowing what is really wrong with me.
Posted on August 30, 2009 at 9:51 am
Hi, I didnt have the problems you guys had, but I had other problems, I am the mother of 4, thank God I have a really unusual liver, becaues it fight off all the other symptoms… But, I have massive DVT;s, and Illiac thrumbosis syndrome. I can’t take caumatin, because my liver is so strong almost ever medicine I have been given ends up not working! I have to take shots that cost $4000.00 per month! In my stomach everyday!! I have massive blood clots everywhere, and the medicine is to only prevent me from making more clots, I have filters and stints all over my body. I was told that I am going to die from these clots, they won’t be able to prevent them always. I didn’t need birth control pills, because my tubes were tied! My OBGYN put me on them and honestly I don’t know why… But I stayed in the hospital 4 MONTHS! I was told to never take another birth control pill after the facts. I had gone the the hospitals with massive headaches, and the told me I had chronic stress induced migranes! Bull S… then they got tired of me complaining, they sent me to a psychiatist, who couldn’t do anything, I just kept being told I had restless leg syndrome! I didn’t I had clots EVERYWHERE! even in my neck! I do feel yaz should be responible for all the work I lost, and the complete change of life I have to endure! I’m told not to leave the house for no more than 10 to15 minutes a day. I stay in the bed 95% of the time, and take really hot showers to try and help with the pain. It is so BAD! At tiimes I just want to give up, the pain is more than I can bare at times!! I take cancer patiients medicine, !! It only works for about 3 hours. I was told the pain is from neurologial damage, My muscle jupe all the time! It is so annoying, and uncomfortable. I’m angry because I had to have sugery 3 times to try and get the blood flow back to my organs. and lems. This is just wrong, my quality of like is completely gone! I ‘m told I am going to die from the clots, and Yaz doesn’t feel responsible. My kids won’t have a mom, but I think they should be paid if I am forced to leave them. For those of you who love YAZ , God help your soul because you are going to need it!! I am always at a specialist office trying to find a medicine that will ease my pain! I can’t do anything I use to do. such as go to the gym, walk through the mall. go to wall mart.Nothing!!! But they did tell me if the tip of that brakes off I am going to die. Just the size of a pin head.. To me, I just honestly don’t think it is fair to me or my kids!Take them at your own risk! but I wish I had never seen one!! the only reason anyone found out what was wrong with me, is because My leg got so BIG and red, I thought is was going to burst. and that’s how they figured out it was the clots!! From the Yaz,
Posted on August 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm
I was on yazmin for a few years and all of a sudden my stomach would hurt so bad i would cry and it happend mostly when i was asleep and it would awake me. i would have to go to the hospital everytime and the er was so sick of seeing me at 3 am every few days and sometimes everynight i would throw up and my back would have this really sharp pain sometimes it would last 4-5 hours. the hospital tried everything and finally the recomended me to a dr. and they did so many tests and it said everything was fine.. well it kept on happening everynight after so i went back in to the dr. and he did the tests all over again and it said my gallbladder was only working 17% and it was very rare for a girl my size and age would have this happen… so in november 07 i had to get it removed and i was in the hospital for 3 days and the bills were crazy and i have to live with these scars the rest of my life.. im only 21 now and the yazmin company will pay for what they have done to all of us girls..
Posted on September 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm
I was prescribed Yasmin in 2007 and then in July of 2009 I was rushed to the emergency room to have my gallbladder removed. I am thankful that I was back in the states by the time the attacks started happening. I am a member of the United States Armed Forces and if those attacks would have started while I was out in the Desert at the remote location where I was based, there is no telling what would have become of me. I haven’t had any heart problems due to my taking Spironolactone for PCOS, but i’m sure glad my mother told me about this before some worse could have happened to me.
Posted on September 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm
I’m a 22 year old woman, I had never had any problems dealing with my gall bladder until I started taking Yaz. I started taking it late March early April 2006 and had my gall bladder removed in March of 2007. I woke up one morning throwing up blood due to my gall bladder had surgey a week later cause they couldn’t fit me in. I had to take off work, lose my pay for a month, and still have doctor bills from having it removed. Now I have 3 scares over my stomach and a horrible scare around my belly button. I can’t eat anything or drink anything with out having stomach problems and having to use the bath room. I’ve been seen at the local hospital so many times cause I’m still having the gall bladder attacks. My right shoulder still bothers me from the gas that had to be placed in my stomach during the surgey. To be only 22 years old and have to live with this for the rest of my life isnt’ right one bit!!!!
Posted on September 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm
I AM ONLY 14 YEARS OLD, perfectly healthy, never had anything really wrong with me. I’m healthy and work out everyday, I got my gall bladder removed only two weeks ago and am still suffering. Anyone taking Yaz, just don’t its not worth and hospital stay and surgery.
Posted on September 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm
I took Yaz for about 6 months. I started gaining weight. I had just graduated high school and thought I was gaining the typical “freshmen fifteen” I’ve always been super skinny and hated it so I didnt mind that I was gaining some weight. Then I started losing weight all of a sudden. Yaz kept my face broken out so I changed to a different one. I started having really bad stomach problems. I eventually went to the doctor since I couldnt keep anything down or in me. They told me that my gall bladder didnt work at all seems like after doing a HIDA Scan. That was just barely over a year ago and I still have problems with my stomach.
Posted on September 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm
I have been on Yasmin and then Yaz for aprox the past 4 years, I wasn’t having any of the side effects that others were having. I liked what Yaz did for me (took away the anxiety and painful periods). However I started to develop flank pain that got worse as the years went on. After many tests it was discovered that my gallbladder needs to be removed, I will be having it out in less than a week. I just heard on TV that not only can yaz cause DVT, kidney failure, etc but now it can cause gallbladder issues. Anyone who is on yaz or yasmin MUST get off it!! I am now looking into a class action lawsuite, does anyone know where I can get some information on this?
Posted on September 11, 2009 at 11:55 am
I have been taking Yaz for a little over a year and started developing symptoms about 6 months after I started taking it… I had my gallbladder out 2 months ago. I’m 19 years old and was a pretty healthy girl before. The doctor was in complete shock. He said the entire inside was crystalized and was not working at all. I experienced an immense amount of pain for about 9 months and even ended up in the hospital not able to breathe once because the pain was so intense I went into panic attacks. I’m curious on how much I could sue for. I went through a lot of pain and would never have had to go through this had there been a warning that it was a side effect. I have found NOTHING about gallbladder problems on the actual website… you would think they would change it now that there is an evident problem!
Posted on September 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm
Yasmin has been warned 3 times by the FDA to put the proper warnings on their packaging. Yasmin was a 4th generation drug that was not safe to be on shelves. Had they put a warning about GALLBLADDER problems on the box, I would’ve put 2 and 2 together that my problems could’ve been caused by taking Yasmin. Instead, I had the gallbladder removed. We trust doctors to prescribe us safe medicine. This pill has caused me so much greif. And now they are saying child bearing is an issue. I blame 100% of this on YASMIN. Shame on them for selling something so dangerous!
Posted on September 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm
I went on Yaz last year and I started having what I now know were symptoms in March but last Tues I had a horrible attack which led to emergency removal of my gallbladder. I had seen an ad on TV about Yaz and Gallbladder disease the week before so I was already wondering about the discomfort I had been suffering since March but this past week has me convinced that even though the ER Dr said I hadn’t been on Yaz long enough for problems that Yaz must have had something to do with this. I have already contacted a lawyer so we will see
Posted on September 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Kim says: Has recently had gallbladder removed at age 18, also a Yazmine taker in past, unaware of the problems with gallbladder. Function was less than 20%. servere pain in abdminal and hurt after eating for quite amt of time, required emergency room visit and surgery to remove.
weight gain and bloating part of this lack of functioning of gallbladder
in a healthy young lady.
Posted on September 17, 2009 at 7:55 am
I was taking Yaz and/ or Yazmine ( My doctor first prescribed me Yazmine then Yaz) For Probably about two years. I started noticing a feeling in my chest that felt like I was going to have a heart attack. My doctor told me I needed to get an ultra sound of my abdomen. When I had the ultra sound I found out I needed to get my gallbladder removed. I was 22, average weight, and I was a vegetarian. Nobody could really give me a reason why I would have to get my gallbladder removed other then “it just happens sometimes”. They scheduled an appointment for the removal of my gallbladder, but I ended up having to have an emergency surgery to get it removed because the pain medication they prescribed me no longer helped dull the pain. Until that point I had been healthy. I was never told there was any risks of gallbladder disease when I started taking the pill. That surgery resulted in two and a half weeks of work I missed.
Posted on September 30, 2009 at 7:54 pm
I was taking Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. I started having severe pain in my stomach which turned out to be problems with my gallbadder. After an emergency room visit I had to have my gallbadder removed. Then my blood pressure start slowly elevating then I started retaining fluid in my ankles overtime the fulid was all over my body. I told my doctor I thought the pills had something to do with my ailments because I had not had any health issues prior to starting Yaz and Yasmin. She said she didn’t think the pills was causing the swelling. She said I was taking in too much salt in my diet. I reduce my salt intake but I still have the swelling. My hair is falling out also. This medicine has caused my health to decline drastically.
Posted on October 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm
My 19 year old daughter starting taking Yaz about 3 years ago for painful periods. We were ecstatic at the results. No more pain, no more 7 day periods. She would give herself a period about every 3 months and was very happy with a 3 day light period. Well about 3 months ago while at college, she started waking up in the middle of the night with horrible attacks of pain in her upper abdomen. She couldn’t sleep, lay down or hardly breath. The attacks got more severe and more frequent as time went on. We went to the doctor several times and after blood work and a cat scan, we were told that she has pancreatitis. The doctor could not understand why a very healthy 19 year old woman would have such symptoms. Well, after seeing the commercials and doing some research on the internet, I now feel that Yaz is the culprit and I hope that the damage has not been done yet. We are still in the “waiting” for test results stage. I am saddened to read these posts and hope that this is not the fate of my daughter, but I fear the worst is yet to come. I will be confronting her doctor this week about my suspicions.
Posted on October 3, 2009 at 6:45 pm
I was diagnosed with PCOS in summer of 2002 and have been on yasmin (until last year when ocella came out) since. I had my gall bladder removed in January of 2008 after thinking I had a stomach bug for a weekend – I went to the ER and they found a 2cm gallstone blocking my gallbladder. In all honestly, I don’t really believe that yasmin caused this. If it was the yasmin, I would think that it would take less than 5 and a half years to cause problems.
Posted on October 4, 2009 at 8:46 pm
I had no idea that I would end up having a DEAD gallbladder! after suffering with pain for an entire year, with several ultra sounds and cat scans, I finally had a test to check the function of my gallbladder only to find that it was not working. I am 19 years old and have had to miss alot of school due to this!
Posted on October 6, 2009 at 7:20 am
I started on Yaz in October of 2007, and started having major pains in December. I was in so much pain that I had to be on vicodin on my wedding day. Doctors couldn’t find out what was wrong, and eventually took a medical exam that showed that I had a non-functioning gall bladder. I had surgery to have it removed. I never had any of those problems before I started on that pill.
Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:27 am
I started on Yaz in October of 2007, and started having major pains in December. I was in so much pain that I had to be on vicodin on my wedding day. Doctors couldn’t find out what was wrong. I had just turned 19 at the time, and I had been to about 5 doctors before they could figure out what was causing the terrible pain. Eventually, I took a medical exam that showed that I had a non-functioning gall bladder. I had surgery to have it removed. I was not able to have surgery until May, so I was enduring that pain for about 5 months. When they removed my gall bladder, the doctor told my husband that my gall bladder almost turned to gangrene. I was a healthy 19 year old as well, and never had problems like this before I started taking the pill.
Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:33 am
I have been on Yaz since Aug. 2007. Since starting it I have been in the hospital, ER and had many tests done to try to figure out my abdominal pain. I’ve had the endoscopies and colonoscopies and even exploratory surgery. I just recently found out through a HIDA scan that my gallbladder is only functioning at 17%. I am having it removed next week where they are also going to do a exploratory surgery to see if they can find any other causes for my abdominal pain and chronic diarrhea. I have been really frustrated that none of the doctors can figure out whats wrong with me. I’ve been to the ER twice this week due to the dehydration and pain. How do you know whether Yaz is causing these problems? Yaz has been the only thing that has helped me with my PMDD but if it’s causing all these problems I don’t want to take it. Is there medical research somewhere that can be used to see if Yaz caused my problems? I have also gained weight since taking Yaz and can’t seem to lose it no matter what I do! I even hired a personal trainer and ended up gaining 4lbs instead of losing weight. I knew this was a possible side effect of any birth control, but I never read anything about gallbladder problems until I started researching my own problems and came across this recent information. If anyone can direct me to some more info that I could use to see if Yaz is causing my problems I’d appreciate it. Good Luck to everyone!
Posted on October 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm
I took Yasmin and Yaz for almost 2 years and stopped to get pregnant with my 11 month old son. After I had him I took YAZ for 3 months when I began having a sharp pain in my stomach which made me stop the medicine. 3 days ago I had my gallbladder removed after being diagnosed with inflammation of the gallbladder and gallstones. I stayed sick for almost 6 months straight before I figured out what was wrong with me. This is very crazy and serious…..
Posted on October 13, 2009 at 1:27 am
I am sorry to hear about all of the pain taking this pill has put women through. I am 34 years old and have been on birth control for many years. I never took Yaz but all synthetic hormones can cause gallbladder disease. I did not know this until after I found out I had gallstones and stopped taking the pill. I gave birth to my second child and since then I have been having gallbladder attacks all the time. I am scheduled to have surgery in a couple of days. I said to myself that if I knew the pill could cause gallbladder disease I would not have taken it but deep down inside that’s not true. We as women take the pill knowing it can cause blood clots and heart attacks so what’s gallbladder disease in comparison. This is just my opinion of course and I’m sorry to hear these stories.
Posted on October 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm
I am sickened to read all of your posts. My 15 year old daughter started taking Yaz almost one year ago. In April she started having a lot of pain and went through test after test. Finally in September they found out her gallbladder was not functioning at all. She was in so much pain she had emergency surgery. This concerns me hearing all this as she did not have any problems until after taking YAZ for a few months. She did not fit the criteria for anyone with this problem and was rare to have such bad gallbladder issues at such a young age.
Posted on October 16, 2009 at 10:23 am
I am 34 and I have been taking Yaz for little over a year now. I liked the results of not gaining weight and feeling bloated during that time of month. After being on Yaz for almost 3 months I started taking Accutane. Accutane alone is a very serious medicine to take. It effects your liver…and my liver tests were elevated during the last month (4 months). So I discountinued taking Accutane and Yaz because I was experiencing pains in my upper back. I did some research when I started feeling these aches in just one of my shoulders all the way down my arm; which is the kind of pains a woman feels before having a heart attack. I went to the doctor and they checked for gallbladder stones which none were found. I then got back on my old birth control and started to gain a little weight so after about 2 months I decided since my pain were gone that I would go back to Yaz and see if maybe it was the combination of taking it with the Accutane. I have been back on Yaz for almost 6 months and am now having pains in upper right part of my stomach. Last night I experienced those aches in my right arm. A few nights ago I found a spam email that said “WARNING…Serious Injuries Linked with YAZ birth control” I was a little afraid to click on it but being on Yaz I decided to take the chance. It was some article about it being linked to gallbladdar problems. Feeling like that is what was wrong with me before Im a little worried now. I dont want to have my gallbladdar removed either. I dont know what to do but to stop taking Yaz for sure.
Posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm
I started taking Yazmin after my last child was born in 2004.. Since then I have suffered from strange feelings in my heart like skipping beats rapid heart beat chest pain ect….I was sent to a cardiologist but they said I was normal. I have constant diareha and headaches. My docotrs have never been able to tell me what was wrong with me…I have pain in my stomach ect….. I am discontinuing the pill today :(…..Dont know if I have suffered any permanent damage.
Posted on October 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm
Wow…I happened to see on tv about Yaz & Ocella, & Yasmin causing problems and then googled more information and came across here. I started taking Yaz in in 2008, and never had any problems with gallbladder at all. Then I began having gallbladder attacks in December, thought just stress from holidays/heartburn, etc. Went to family dr and he had an ultrasound done, and thats when I found I had severe gallstones, and had my gall bladder removed in February 2009. Im just pissed I owe so much out of pocket from the surgery, and now the scarring which I can live with. On top of the fact that I bleed like a cut pig 2 times a month for a week on Yaz too.
Everyone reacts differenty to meds, but this is troubling. Good luck to you all that have had problems. I don’t see this as coincidental with the number of women posting on here that take Yaz having gallbladder problems. Bayer really needs to step up here.
Posted on October 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm
I have taken Yasmin and Yaz for over 5 years now. I began taking Yasmin, then, took Yaz for a little over a year when it first came out. I am now taking Yasmin again. Early this year I had my gall bladder removed due to gall bladder attacks/gall stones. I have no family history of gall bladder disease, am not over weight, and lead a fairly healthy life style.
I am curious to see evidence of these drugs actually causing this disease. By me having this disease at such an early age, 24, and no family history or lifestyle habits to explain it, I got a fairly hefty bill from the hospital and insurance company. I do have a professional career, but to have to pay over $2000 out of my pocket unexpectedly was somewhat hurtful to my finances.
I will most likely no longer take this medication after my next doctors visit, I will pursue other options.
Posted on October 19, 2009 at 9:36 am
I took Solia which is another birth control brand for 1.5 years and had to get my gall bladder removed because it was so inflamed and filled with gall stones. I am 21 years old, good diet and never had any health related issues. I began to have bloating in my stomach, and pain in my back and upper abdomen. Eventually my symptoms became worse and more frequent and got to a point where I threw up everything I ate and had jaundice causing me to go to the emergency room and ended up in the hospital for a week. 1st I had to get my gall bladder removed and then I had to have a 2nd procedure to clear my bile duct of additional gall stones. Now I am also left with 3 scars on my stomach. It is ridiculous that this issue is not more widely know. If it was then most of us would have not need this surgery at such a young age and for those who still aren’t aware they could also avoid this unnecessary surgery.
Posted on October 19, 2009 at 5:48 pm
I am a healthy 30 year old, no children. I began taking Yasmin in August of 2007. In July of 2009 I began having severe abdominal pains. An ultrasound on my gall bladder came back normal, no stones. But upon having a HIDA scan, it was revealed that my gall bladder was only functioning at about 12%. I had it removed in August of 2009. I saw a commercial about Yasmin and gall bladder problems and just about jumped out of my seat. I never read anything in the pamphlet about gall bladder side effects ….
Posted on October 20, 2009 at 9:50 am
Wow! Unbelievable that it has taken this long for this information to get out and I can’t believe it is still out there being prescribed to unsuspecting women and children!!! I took the poison, YAZ, for only a couple of months in 2007. I began having stomach pains, heart palpitations, fatigue – you name it. Many tests later and nothing – I finally started internet researching on anything I could think of and since Yaz was the only medication I was taking, I looked into it. I think that the blogging of women at the time about their issues while taking it literally saved my life. I had been awakened several times that night before with heart irregularities and got up that morning determined to help myself. I didn’t take another pill again and Wow – I felt 100% better in matter of a few days. Now I am very sick and having tests done soon for – guess what – gallbladder problems. Ladies – we have to help ourselves – tell everyone you know to avoid this thing like the plague. This is truly an outrage!!!!
Posted on October 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm
I took YAZ for 3 months and they took me off of it then not even 3 months later i made 4 ER visits in 4 days then a week later i had my gullbladder taken out. i have 4 scars on my belly. after i got it taken out my life hasnt been the same. everytime i eat i have to go to the bathroom right away and its not pleasnt at all. i think they should be held responsible my doctor never told me about the chance of my gallbladder needing to be taken out. i read all the side affects it never told me once bout gallbladder problems.
Posted on October 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm
For anyone who feels that Yasmin is not related to gallbladder disease, you are quite mistaken. I NEVER had gallbladder pain in my life. I was always very healthy. At 21, I began taking Yasmin and was on it for around a year and a half. During this time, I began getting sharp pains under my right breast and sometimes I would get pain around my belly button extending to my hip as well. I later found out that I now have gallbladder problems. I highly doubt it is coincidental for me or for the many other young, healthy women I have been reading about. And no, there WERE NOT any warnings on the label about anything associated with gallbladder disease, nor any warnings about a higher chance of DVT on this birth control over any other. It made it sound as though the side effects were like any other brands available.
Posted on October 24, 2009 at 8:21 am
I am 38 yrs old. I was on Yasmin for 4 years from 2001 to 2005. At first, I thought this pill was a miracle !! I lost 10lbs in the first month of taking and it kept the weight off the entire time I was on it. However, within about a year and half I got really bad muscle aches that would come and go. My cholesterol shot up to 255 from 215. Then in July of 04 I began experiencing a terrible stomach ache and my gall bladder had to be removed due to stones. I still didn’t make the connection. I finally stopped taking yasmin at the end of 05. By March of 06 my cholesterol had dropped back down to 215. That is when I got suspiscious of the pill. Nothing else had changed. It took by body about a year to get back to normal. My periods were very irregular and I would retain water. A LOT !!
Posted on October 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm
“I feel a little differently because i started taking it in the end of 2007 and by july of 2009 i was in the hospital with gallbladder problems and now have to have surgery. I never read or heard anything about gallbladder complications in the possible side effects. i hope it doesnt happen to you but if it does Yaz should be held responsible just like for all the other cases.”
You sound exactly like me. I started taking it in 2007, at the age of 17, and ever since I started i’ve had problems. I got off it after a few months because of irregular and fast heart beats. I now have gallbladder problems. The symptoms started after taking the pill. I burp all the time whenever I eat or drink, even water. It’s not a normal burp either, it’s really deep and distinguished. There are times I have to make myself throw up just to get the air out, because I cannot breathe from it. I have extremely bad pain under my breastbone. I don’t eat anymore because it’s not worth the pain I have to endure after. I constantly am bringing up bile from it.
The symptoms got progressively worse since 2007. I’ve been in and out of doctors, and for someone with no health insurance, it gets too costly. I do think the company should have to pay for this. NO WHERE does it say this would happen on the yaz booklet. It’s ridiculous that this has happened to all of us and something needs to be done about it.
Posted on October 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm
I was on yaz for a year before I started to have problems it hit me one night the next day I went to the doctors and had a ultrasound done and they found 5 or 6 stones and had to have my gallbladder removed and now any greasy foods have me all up in the bathroom.
Posted on November 5, 2009 at 11:25 am
I started taking yasmin in 04 at age 17 for an acne problem my gyno put me on it mind you i was healthy as can be before starting on this med. I started feeling weird about 6 months in to taking the med seemed to have a shortness of breath would start shaking uncontrolably for no reason but my parents and doctor didnt seem to think the pill had anything to do with it so i was treated by doctor and was let go. I still had probelms with breathing, started getting headaches just started developing problems i had never had before and they always were unexplainable by the doctors. Then in 2007 cant remember the exact month i was having serious pains in my uterus i was taking to the hospital where i was exmained and diagnosed as having multiple uterine cysts again nobody could tell me why just was told it happens sometimes to women and was put on meds once again. In that same year i stated having serious problems with eating and drinking couldnt keep anything down would vomit all day long it i thought it was a stomach flu at first but after doing this day after day i started to think something was seriously wrong, i couldnt eat couldnt drink would dry heave because their was nothing left to come up so a friend of mine took me to the hospital bc said it had gone far to long upon admition in to the hospital it was found i was seriously dehydrated they started me on fluids and began to see how sick i really was i was having tremendous pain in my right side. So they kept me in the hospital and started running test on me they then discovered my apendix and gallbladder were both a little inflamed so they decided after a few more test they were going to do surgery on me and remove my appendix thinking it was the source of the problem so i had it removed. Was kept in the hospital a few day and was released. Now to a person with no insurance this is starting to get very costly. So i was released and sent home. When i got home i was on medicine but it really still didnt seem to be getting any better. So on my follow ups i expressed my concerns but was told it would take a little time. A few months passed and i was still having problems with the same things couldnt eat couldnt drink right now causing immense pain and uncomfort to where couldnt sleep hurting my perofrmance and attendance at work. So at then end of that year i was fed up went off of the pill becuase i believed it was a source of part of the problem. Then things took a turn for the worse in 2008 i started throwing up bile couldnt keep meals down my body was just suffering horribly i would call my parents up in the middle of the night crying i would wake my husband up crying because i was puking so much it hurt my ability to perform well at my new job i was miserable for months. Finally my mom took me to the hospital i was kept their for a week they diagnosed me with gallbladder disease was having attacks they put me on med let me go. Nothing got better so in july of 08 my mom took me to the hospital once again and things got ugly she let them know she was tired of me being bounced around let go i couldnt eat or drink was dehydrated nothing was making me better and she wanted an answer to what was going on , I have no insurance at this time i am missing work constantly cant live a normal life cause i am to sick so they take me in again do testing on me some more but are pretty much just treating it like its nothing because i have been sick so much they treated me lijke i was a druggie out for the med which mad me infurated i cried and cried to my mom i was in so much pain my mom was mad but then a turn came in one of the test they performed the guy who took the test was actually the one that got the doctors attention that their was something seriously wrong because they were about to let me go once again had taken me back to my room and everything were about to release me when a nurse came rushing in and told me i was going to have to have surgery and have my gallbladder removed the doctor had missed something an the test technician heard they were about to release me and brought to his attention that their was a problem during the test were they had to stop the test and stand me up because my gallbladder had shut down a disappeared they made me stand up for awhile and the started test again and the doctor had missed that part and it was then determined my gall bladder was not working no would could say why it shut down but it did and i was only 21 which was amazing to the doctor i was so young when it was removed and when i woke up from that surgery i was in so much pain it was ridicoulous not to mention i was in the hospital another week after surgery to recover then was readmitted a week after being released because it caused problems with me using the bathroom and more. I still to this day have problems because of what all this did to me , its hard when a doctor tells you everything you ate and drank and like you cant anymore its turned my life upside down i dont have my normal life i did before starting this med i was so healthy and happy before being on put on the pill and its amazing that one med you are put on can cause a lifetime of problems and i think they should have to pay because before age 22 i had to have 2 surgeries i now have horrible scars on my stomach and cant lead my life the way i would want to because of the problems it caused. I have irregular periods now and cant get pregnant and deep inside of me i wonder if the pill has something go do with that to because me and my man of 3 yrs have being trying for a year and cant but he had kids before getting with me so cant be him. And no where in the book did it say if you take this pill it can cause gall bladder disease and ruin your life cause it can cause all these serious problems because if it did i would never have taken it because i was healthy and enjoyed it and now i cant say i am so healthy which bothers me. So beware when you think that just because they say they list the side effects that they really do because me and many other healthy young women would disagree because none of our side effects were listed but are a reality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on November 6, 2009 at 3:02 pm
I have been on generic Yaz for less than 6 months and I am now experiencing severe stomach pain in the middle of the night. I am waiting to have an ultrasound on my gallbladder. Besides the pain, I just don’ t feel well. I can’t believe I could develop gall bladder problems in such a short time.
Posted on November 7, 2009 at 11:31 pm
I am a 19 year old girl who has been on the generic for yaz, ocella for over a year now and just last month had my gallbladder removed.There is no family history of this in my family and i am otherwise healthy, but for some reason my gallbladder had chronic scarring on it and had adhesions on to my intestines. The doctors couldn’t tell me what caused this so i am wondering if it’s related. What is even weirder too is that my twin sister who has been on ocella, but not as long as i have, is just now having gallbladder attacks!
Posted on November 9, 2009 at 12:08 am
Tasha S says:
I took yaz when i was 18 for a whole year, my Dr. recomended them said they were the best for me, so i took them 50 dollars a month and if i lost them another 50 dollars. After the year was up I stoped taking them and had pain in my right upper abdoman for 2 years, nausia diahreah and bloating. The past 3 weeks i was in the most excruciation pain i have ever felt in my whole life. I was on the floor crying to a pain that woudlent subside i thgouth it would go away becasuse the other times it woudl last for a while then stop, but it didnt stop i ended up in the hospital with white blood sells so high, and liver enzymes 250 over what they are suposto be. I was on pain meds and starved for 8 days because they said eating woudl make me sick, my patassium and magnesum ran dangeriously low and my heart rate plumited. I had 2 sergerys
one to remove the stone and the sludge that compleatly blocked my gullblader off. When i woke up from that sergry pain, the next day pain, my gullbladder was damaged to much so they had to remove it. I recieved 4 scars and now i cant eat what i want and have digestive problems i lost my appitite and im always fatigued. Its really depressing, and i could of died they said.
Posted on November 12, 2009 at 5:49 pm
Chelsea S says:
I too started Yaz August of 2007 and I had my gall bladder removed December 14, 2007. It was an extremely painful experience. I was only 23 at the time. I was perfectly healthy, never had any stomach problems, and have no history of gall bladder disease or problems. Since I am young, and was a very healthy person, the diagnosis took a while, which meant I lived with the pain and not to mention the vomiting everything I ate, for a while. I did not develop stones, but my gallbladder failed. I am to have a hidascan, and it was the most mainful thing EVER! i ended up in the ER that night because of the pain. If I had been warned I NEVER would have taken this medicine. Now i have these terrible scars, and I still cannot eat certain foods, especially Chinese food! and I LOVE chinese food. YAZ should definitly be held responsible. I’ve always wondered how my gall bladder could fail since I am so young and so healthy, at least now I know. I hope others don’t have to suffer through this. not to mention, pay for it!
Posted on November 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm
I started taking yazmin in 2005 and disconnected use between 9 months and a year later. 2005-2006 I started having lots of pain an problems the doctor told me was muscle cramps, doctor after dotcor test after test mri’s catscans, pills, u name it and i was sent to and internest, and he decided to run a gallbladder test with that drink and cool machine, and my gallbladder was not functioning at all, it was dead… i had never put two and two together. late sept 2006 i had my gallbladder out. The nurses at the hospital kept telling me if was bad beacuse of child birth, i have never had a child or ever been pregnant. didnt make any sense to me.I wish others luck in the future, the pain after surgey is horrible.
Posted on November 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm
I statred taking Yasmine in the summer of 2005 when I was 15 years old. Bu December of 2005 I started having gall bladder attacks. It took almost 2 years for doctors to realize my gallbladder had almost stopped functioing completely due to gallstones. No one ever thought to check my gall bladder because I was so young and it is so rare for anyone that young to have gall bladder issues. In May of 2007 I had my gallbladder removed afer being hospitalized for several days. Gall bladder attacks are the worst pain I have ever experienced. Over the course of the two years I suffered from well over 100 attacks that would range in duration from 30 minutes to 12 hours. Even after having my gall bladder removed I still suffer from the side effects of not having a gall bladder. Yasmine shuld be taken off the market if this many women are having such serious difficulties with the medication. I find it hard to believe that it’s a coincidence that this many young women who happen to all be on the same new birth control pill are having gall bladder issues. I was told by doctors that it is extremely rare for someone so young to have gall stones.
Posted on November 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm
hi my name is amanda i am 24yrs old now and i have had all the same problem as all yous with the gullbadder mine would’nt contracted and work right. either and i have had mine removed feb 4, 2008. and i took yaz for 2yrs. and i think i still have problems cause now i found out that i have ployisic ovrearing dease. and i don’t no if that is related or not.
Posted on November 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Hello I am a 27 year old mother of 3 and I have been taking yaz as at least the month of the first time I saw the comercial. I think it was even before I had my youngest child in 2005. Time went by and I have had problems which rarely led me to the emergency room due to the fact that I thought I could take the pain. Many times I had told my family that I think the birth control pills were making “some organ” sick not knowing exactly which one, but at the same time could not afford having another baby or for that matter even going to see a doctor was unaffordable. Dealing with the pain mostly occurring at night, I would stay up for at least 2 hours at a time dealing with the pain and then finally falling asleep. I saw a comercial about yaz and yasmin causing some problems to women and at that moment I saved the number to my cell phone but never calling. I immediately stopped taking the pill knowing there was a risk of pregnancy but at the same time my health overweighed that fact. I just felt in my heart long before I saqw the comercial that it was the pills, I just knew it. At one point there was an episode that I just could not deal with, the night before Thanksgiving 2009. I finally told my husband that I needed a doctor. We rushed to the emergency room and after eight hours and an ultrasound and it was confirmed “gallbladder disease”. Oh no, how? Why? I was so saddened especially by the blunt way the er doctor put it. If I don’t have it removed I will die. Now I have to start looking for a surgeon. I have no insurance, I am the only one working and I went into immediate depression. I called my boss and told him I need a few days to find a surgeon and hopefully I will be back to work soon. Literally the day after Thanksgiving while I just got out of the shower sitting on my bed watching television, the exact comercial came on about yaz and yasmin. I listened very carefully and on the list of complications at the very bottom there it was “gallbladder disease” I remember I had the phone number in my cell phone, made the call, and hopefully someone will be calling me back within three days. I am so thankful that there is someone out there who cares and is on my side.
Posted on November 28, 2009 at 6:32 pm
J L B says:
I took YAZ for a couple months in the beginning of 2007 when I was 26. I then began to have horrible abdominal pain and nausea. I was miserable for 3 months as I went to doctor to doctor. No one could figure out what was wrong with me.
I was thin, never been pregnant, and had a healthy diet. I told a couple doctors the only thing I had done recently done was switch to YAZ for birth control. They told me it had nothing to do with my pain.
I ran out of vacation time from work since I was spending all my time having medical test after medical test. I had one doctor think it was MS and I was frightened for a week until I got the negative MRI results. I had another doctor think it was my appendix and had a barium enema test which was as horrible as it sounds.
I went to the ER and they did a CT scan and there were no gallstones.
I begged one doctor to help me and she told me she could give me painkillers. I did not want to be painkillers. I wanted to be cured. I started doing acupuncture to deal with the pain. It did help.
I took a personal leave from work so I could focus on finding out what was wrong me. I could not get a medical leave since I had no diagnose.
Finally, the seventh doctor did a HIDA scan and my gallbladder was completely dead and very inflammed. I was so exhausted from this ordeal my surgery recovery was long.
I will never use any birth control pills again.
Posted on November 30, 2009 at 11:31 pm
I took Yasmin awhile ago for a year or so. About year and half ago I found out my gallbaldder was not working. I had to have it removed. This could of been from me taking Yasmin!
Posted on December 11, 2009 at 12:04 am
I started taking yaz may2009 by july2009 I had severe abdominal pains I even went to my gyno who said it may be my gall bladder she never said it was caused from yaz so I kept taking the pills.the pain got worse and by nov2009 my gall bladder was not working and I needed emergency surgery. If I was aware of this side effect I would never have taken this pill I don’t think anyone should I’m only 26yrs old no pill should have this side effect.
Posted on December 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm
I saw an ad on TV regarding getting galbladder porblems from taking yaz. i called because i have to get my galbladder removed. I have never had surgery before and I’m scared to death. I had no idea that yaz could do this to me! I have to miss work and I have 2 small children. If this is causing all of these women problems maybe it should be taken off the market to make sure other woman will not have to endure this horrible pain that we all have had. I have asked my GI doctor, OB doctor, ER doctors and regular doctor if i am getting this pain due to the pill and no one who even hint a clue that it could be from it.
Posted on December 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Thank you all for sharing your stories – I am amazed to hear that there are so many of us who have had these problems! I was put on yaz in March 2009 and by May, I was having spells of dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, etc. I went to a cardiologist for an echo and monitor, and long story short, they never found out what was wrong with me. I took myself off of yaz when this was going on because I was convinced that it was the source of my problems. Fast forward to the week before Christmas, and I had to go to the ER after 3 nights of intense abdomen pain. Thankfully the ER doc, after I told him I lost 60lbs last year (completely unrelated), ordered an ultrasound and said I had gallstones. We all chalked it up to the weight loss (apparently rapid weight loss can lead to gallstones) and I’m scheduled for surgery this week. HOWEVER, upon seeing an ad, and now reading your posts, I’m thinking that this pill had something to do with this. I radically changed my diet over the last year and there is no reason i should be having gallbladder problems like this so suddenly. It has to be related because nothing else makes sense.
Posted on January 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm
I was 17 years old, never had children, healthy weight, and overall perfectly healthy. I took Yaz for one month, then had unbearable stomach pains. After going to the ER twice for IV pain medicine, they did a test and saw that my gallbladder was only functioning 6.8%!!! I had my gallbladder removed two weeks later.
Posted on January 5, 2010 at 12:38 am
My daughter, 17 was taking YAZ since April 2008 on the advice of her dermatologist for severe acne. In November 2009, she started having upsert stomach and upper right quadrant pain. The pain never goes away, only will vary in intensity depending on what she eats. We have been to 5 doctors since and they cannot figure it out. All the tests come back normal. Have had all blood tests and bowel samples, had endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultra sound, CT Scan, HIDA scan, and gastric emptying. She is scheduled for a lactose test next week and then a possible ERCP, to put a camera into the bile ducts, and possibly snip to open. Besides the pain, she started throwing up every night after dinner. She wasn’t bad in the morning, but after lunch at school she would get nauseous, but not throw up. One of the nurses at the HIDA scan suggested she try a low fat diet. That has worked to stop the vomitting and nausea, but the pain is still there. She has also lost 15 pounds in 3 months because of the very limited fat she can eat. She was only 115 pounds and 5’5″ to start with. If she eats anything over a very limited fat content, she will get a hot flash come over her, the pain gets worse and she will vomit probably 10 minutes after eating. One gastroenterologist said he believes that something is causing this, but he doesn’t know what. The radiologist taking the HIDA scan told her it looked like her problem was the gall bladder, but they did have some inconsistencies taking the test. At first they said they couldn’t find the gall bladder. They made her drink water and walk around. Then they finally found it and said the test came back at 69%, but said that was normal. The other doctors all want to say it is psychological or irritable bowel, because the tests don’t show anything, but you can see the look on her face when she eats something with a high fat content. You can tell it is coming right back up. She is not making it up. She would give anything to go out with friends and eat pizza or have an ice cream sundae, but now has to take low fat yogurt and sandwiches with no fat mayo and no fat cheese, with low fat turket meat. Her energy levels have dropped and she needs to take a nap after getting home from school. She is a very athletic kid playing varsity field hockey and running in track. In the summer she is an accomplished water skier in competitions and tournaments. I am afraid she is losing alot of her muscle also. If there is any information from doctors who are treating this and are familiar with the problems that YAZ is causing in healthy teen agers, please provide me with any information that you can. We just went to the Primary Care Physician today and got her off the YAZ. I need help—Don’t know where else to turn—-
Posted on January 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm
My name is Ashlee. I took Yazmin starting in december of 2005 I only took it for 3 months before it started making me sick. After I stopped taking it my symptoms went away, but this was only temporary. 4 years later I got pregnant and had severe upper right quadrant pain and was told it was just indigestion and the pain would stop after pregnancy. Two weeks after I had my daughter I was shocked to find out this was not the case. I had gallbladder stones severe pancrititus and an enlarged liver. My gallbladder had to be removed and I wasnt allowed to eat for 8 days. On december 29, 2009 I had and ERCP preformed to remove stones that had slipped into my bile ducts and formed a clog. Later that night I had to be taken back to the hospital again this time not being allowed to eat for 6 days to allow my pancrititus to go away. Talk to your daughters doctors and have them run pancreatic enzime level test of your daughters blood and another ultra sound on her gallbladder to chek for stones. If she does have gallbladder stones let her know that everything will be ok it is a very simple surgery and is not painfull at all. Almost immidatly after having mine removed the pain stopped. Tell her I said best of luck and everything will be ok.
Posted on January 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm
My daughter has been suffering for months and months now with all the same symptoms these other women have had….and the doctors STILL can’t find anything?????? Something has to be done…..she can’t go on like this, feeling sick, throwing up blood, and running to the bathroom.
Posted on January 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm
im 14 years old and started yaz when i was 12 for my periods because they are so bad i was only on it 2 months then went to yazmin for 2 more months then a few months later i started having pains in my stomach and side the doctors couldnt figure out what was wrong they thought it was an ulcer because im so young they didnt think it could be my gallbladder but when my pain didnt go away with ulcer meds the doctor checked for gallblatter disease and sure enough i had gallstones and may 8 2009 i had my gallblatter taken out and i was only 13.
Posted on January 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm
I was placed on YAZ in 2004/2005. I never had any problems until I began taking Yaz. I ended up with massive adhesions and the mood swings were horrific. I now have gall bladder problems. I don’t only believe the manufacturers are liable, but, the physician’s who prescribe and support these medicines should be accountable as well.
Posted on February 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm
I began taking yaz in 2006. About four months later I began having extreme pain to the point where I passed out several times in my right side under my ribs. A year and a half later- with several dr. visits, ER trips and unnerving pain– I was finally diagnosed with Gall bladder disease. I was not even 20 years old when I had my surgery on 2.29.08.
Posted on February 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm
I started taking Yasmin in 2000 after the birth of my son. For the last five years I have experienced pain and diarrhea after eating. I felt like I was having a hard attack all the time. The doctor’s told me I had IBS. I finally went to see a General Surgeon and he sent me for a HIDA scan. My gallbladder was functioning at 15% and I had it removed last week. I just switched my birth control pill to Apri because my insurance is no longer covering Yasmin or Ocella.
Posted on February 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm
Tell your daughter not to give up hope! I KNOW what she is going through. I am 26 years old. I took Yaz for 2 years. I am still trying to find out what my mystery illness is. I have been sick for 43 days – which compared to a life time is only minimal, but in a young woman’s life, seems like eternity. I have had all sorts of test: a swab for Mono and strep throat, HIDA Scan, Cat scan of my abdominal and pelvis, 24 hour urine analysis, a 24 hour holter monitor, a Thyroid ultra sound, blood work, an ECKO cardiogram, an EKG, I’ve been poked with numerous needles and have visited the ER 3 times in the past month and a half. All the tests have come back normal, all the doctors tell me I am “normal”, but I can tell you that I am far from normal. I am an athlete at heart – I LOVE to play volleyball, I went to the gym about 4-6 times a week and did 65 minutes on the Elyptical machine; now I can barely do the dishes or make the bed. I have experienced extreme fatigue, hot flashes, heart palpitations (PVC’s), severe headaches, extreme nausea, no appetite, uncontrollable shivers, dizziness, dark circles under my eyes, chest/abdominal pains, etc. I’ve felt like I was going to have a heart attack and I’ve also felt that my sides or my back is going to split open. I have lost 10 lbs in a month and a half and sleep about 10-12 hours a night. I have been to at least 7 doctors. I recently had a HIDA scan and my gall bladder is working at 59%, the “normal” is anything above 30%. I am still looking for my answer. My advice to you is to see a nautralpathic doctor. She is the only one that has given me some sort of answer so far and has given me all-natural supplements to take. After experiencing what “real” medicine (Yaz) can do for you, I am all for the natural way. But, please, don’t give up hope! I will be thinking and praying for both you and your daughter during this trial. Be the rock that your daughter needs! This is how I make it from day to day: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
…and always remember, you CAN get a second opinion from another doctor.
Posted on March 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm
I took Yasmin for over a year and stopped last sept and never understood the pain I was having before…I now believe it has to be
something with my Gallladder, I have a Dr,appt on April 9 so I will know then …all the symptoms are there tho, horrible pain below my ribs,sick after I eat,and sometimes I feel like my heart is going to explode.
Posted on March 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm
OMG this is so crazy becuase I am reading that Babies are having there gallbaldder out (13 that is a baby) I am 25 and as my SURGEON said pretty much healthy. I stared Yaz in Jan. of 08 becuase other B.C. pills made me kinda axious. In Feb of 08 only one moth I felt like I wanted to murder people in very starange ways. In March of 08 I stopped taking yaz 2 weeks in i decided that getting two periods that month was better than the new symtom. I wanted to kill my self. I went on the pill at my 6 week check up from having my son….. At work and home everynow and then I would have sharp pains in/under my ribs and blammed it on just having a baby and my body going back to norm. well This march of 10 2 years after stopping the yaz everytime I ate I felt like my ribs were gonna pop. I went to my PCP and they sent me for a ultra sound which stated I had one LARGE stone. The surgeon told me that I must have had pain for awhile becuase i was about the size of a golf ball. Thank god my a pains came and left and felt like a spasm not as bad as what I have read on here. I go back to the Dr. on wed to see if I get my clearance to go back to work after 3 week. Hopfully I do becuase I lost 3 weeks of pay I dont have vacation time at my work i do have insurance thank god but i have ded. and copays that i have to pay all becuase I didnt want the expence of another child right away I should have had another child by this point. This is crazy ladies we NEED to do MORE than this I found out at work the other day that the girl there just started YAZ ARE YOU KIDDING ME all these post and Doctors are still giving it to patients.
Posted on April 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm
I have been on Yasmin since September 2006, and have not experienced any side effects, especially gall bladder ones, since I’ve been on it. Maybe I’m immune to it?
Posted on May 23, 2010 at 3:50 pm
I was on Yasmin when it first came out. I have been diagnosed with 3 polyps on my gallbladder. I am scheduled to have a HIDA scan this week. I ‘ve read many entries about gallstones but has anyone been diagnosed with polyps in their gallbladder?
Posted on June 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm
I am 25 years old. I’m athletic, 5 ft and 105 lbs. have been on Ocella for over 2 yrs, and started having stomache pains about 6 months ago. Turns out, just like everyone else, that I have gallstones. I have had several severe attacks and now have to get my gallbladder removed through Laparoscopic Surgery. Please, if you are on Yaz/Ocella/Giannvi stop taking it immediately and switch to another birth control. It is not worth all the pain/hassle/money.
Posted on July 8, 2010 at 12:21 am
My daughter was on Yasmin as a teenagfr and suffered from what we later found out were gall bladder attacks for over a year until we found out what the problem was. I finally insisted that they do an ultrasound although the doctor insisted she was much too young for gall bladder problems. We never even made it to the ultra sound appointment. We ended up in the ER that afternoon and she had to have emergency surgery. I urge anyone with symptoms to insist on an ultra sound. Parents with minors – it can happen to a 16 year old!
Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm
i took yaz offand on since 2006 for about 18 monhs, shortly after i stared noticing severe stomach problems, i thought it was gas, was taking hoards of gas ills trying to relieve the pain it never worked, took a fe rides to the emergency room but after waiting so long the pain would pass and i would leave. but , the problem was never resolved, it would come and go sparatically over the years, so ijust kept thinking it was gas flair-ups. finally i go to the er on 2/14/10 they tell me im passing stones. in april 2010 i have my gallbladder removed due to another flair up. i didnt pay much attention to the pains because i thought it was just gas… i was never sickly or had any physical ailments before taking this pill. the funniest thing is i was 27 when i stared this pill and never takenand brth control before then and this is the end result. my stomach still isnt right, and the pains come and go as they please.
Posted on September 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm
I was taking yasmin in 2004 and 2005. I became pregnant in May of 2005. By Nov 2005 I had my first gall bladder attack and thought it was early labor. It was horrible and I was pregnant. By the time Jan 2006 came around one week before my due date, I had a major attack that kept me in the hospital almost all night. I couldnt move, sit up, lay down or even just get comfortable. I was vomitting nonstop. I was starting to turn yellow. That morning they had to break my water and deliver the baby a week early so I could have the gallbladder removed. I was very upset because they TOLD me I needed to have an ephideral and I didnt want it. I know they were just trying to help with the pain so I could give birth! Im not sure if it was Yasmin or not, but if it was HELL ya I want to compensated!! It was HELL for the last few months of my pregnancy!!!
Posted on October 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm
I took Yaz starting February 20, 2010 for 8 months and then changed, and 3 months ago on February 25 my gall bladder was removed because of stones and infection. I never thought that it was because of Yaz but i was always healthy and never had to go through surgery. One of the stones got lodged in my small intestine. I believe consumers should know about the gall bladder problems that believe it or not does cause, had i known i would of never taken it.
Posted on May 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm
I am a healthcare worker, reading these stories, and it occurs to me to check out another common birth control (Alesse) with different hormones that have been used for many many years…Yasmin and Alesse both state in the monograph (the detailed information sheet about the medication) that gallbladder disease is possible. I am not saying by any means that Yasmin did or did not cause this gallbladder problem, but that it is known that the risk is small. If i had to talk to every person about every possible side effect known to medications that I give out then it would take me forever and it often is the case that all side effects and risks are not known until years after the drug is on the market.
I have several thoughts: 1) weird that nausea and vomiting are common side effects of the BCP in general and if it occured for months and months I think as a womon I would have stopped; and again if there were several visits to the doctor, didn’t they think to switch to another BCP just on this premise alone?!!
2) If people knew all the possible side effects of drugs, would they honestly not take them when the risk is soooo low…I can think of side effects of Advil/ Aspirin/ Tylenol that if people are being honest about stopping Yasmin for a low risk gallbladder issue then they would never take ANY DRUG EVER since every medication/ herbal preperation has severe but rare side effects.
A teacher one stated: if you knew that if you took something weekly it would lead to obesity, diabetes, hyperactivity etc would you take it??? of course NO, until you found out it was M & Ms.
Posted on June 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm
I started taking yasmin in 2002 after the birth of my daughter. In 2005 I went to the hospital vomiting with severe upper right abdomen pain that went all the way through my back, I thought that my lung had colapsed because it hurt so bad that I couldnt hardly breathe! The next day I had to have surgery to remove my gallbladder, when I woke up I had five bandages on my abdomen. The surgeon explained to me that I had so many stones he estimated over 200 some the size of grains of sand that he had to inject me with a dye to see the stones that were in my system so they could be desolved. He gave me a estimation of two weeks I would have been dead if I didnt have the surgery! In the end Im here to say it is not natural to have that many stones in your gallbladder. Another thing that he said to me was people come in with one, two or ten stones and they think there in pain, I could only imagine how painful that was to have over 200! I will never forget it thats for sure.
Posted on June 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm
I am 17 and started taking Yaz a year ago, a few months after i started having gall bladder issues and other stomach problems. I have been to mulitple doctors, appointments, and test to try and find a cause for my stomach pains. A few months ago I had my gall bladder removed and am still currently having stomach problems with an unknown cause. I have upcoming test to try and hopefully determine what could still be causing this. My stomach problems have been so severe that I have missed my whole year of school. I know multiple people who have had similar problems and were also taking Yaz, one of which was in the hospital for 2 weeks. In those cases they went off Yaz and there problems started to go away. I have just gone off Yaz although i feel that Yaz should be held responsible for not making this “low risk gall bladder issue” better known to those who are currently taking this drug, also those who may be taking it in the future. I do not believe that a low risk side effect should be affecting so many people, and that doctors and professionals should be better aware of this growing problem. I would also like to point out that none of the 5 doctors i have seen informed me that the drug i was taking could be causing my illness. My mom who works in a pharamcy heard rumors as well as myself and looked into this further. People need to be informed about this, and i feel that i deserve at least knowing that others may not have to go through what myself and so many others did.
Posted on June 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm
I have been on Yaz for years, in 2005 I had to have my gallbladder removed. Never once did the doctor tell me anything about risks.
Posted on September 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm
I started taking YAZ in January of 2007 after the birth if of my first son. It was to relieve my PMDD syptoms. I loved it at first, but after about 8 months I started having high blood pressure and anxiety issues. In August of 2007 I spent three days in the hospital because while at work my left pupil totally dialated on its own…still no know cause of that episode. By the spring of 2008 my BP was 158/112 on a regular basis, my hair was falling out, I was having excrutiating muscle cramps. That is when the gallbladder issues started to arise. I went through testing, I didnt have gallstones but my gallbladder only worked at 22% compared to the 33-35% of a healthy gallbladder. I changed my diet and quit the pills. I have had a few flareups since then. But now three and a half years latter, they are back…WITH A VENGENCE!! I cant even eat at this time (even fat free foods!) I just had my ultrasound today…I will find out by the end of the week if I need to have it excised. I dont care about the scars, I do however care about the fact that they will be cutting into my abdominal muscles, which take a LONG time to heal. I also care about my quality of life afterwards. Yes surgery will relieve the pain, but even with the gallbladder gone there will be months of digestive issues to deal with, more pain upon eating included.
Posted on November 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm
yazmin was the very first birthcontrol i was every put on when i was 18 years old, i never had problems with my health,until i got on that birthcontrol..i was sick for over 2 years, continued to go to the doctors, with stomach problems, ovary pains, finally after 2 years of being sick i had to get my gullbladder removed when i was 21 years old. my gullbladder stopped working, i did not have gullstones, or sand in my gullbladder..it just stopped working. i could not eat anything the whole time i was going through the process of trying to find out what was wrong with me, every doctor kept teling me i was to young to be going through that many problems!later did i find out that yazmin was too strong for me to even be on, not only that,i now have more heath problems from being on that birthcontrol, and i had to have my gullbladder removed!
Posted on January 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm
I started taking yazmin in 2003. A few months later I started having severe stomach pains, they kept getting worse. I had several tests done, and in December of 2004 I had to have my gallbladder removed. I wish I would have known all of this before I started taking the pill!
Posted on February 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm
I was taking yasmin for a few years, then it was changed to ocella. I too had my gallblader removed in 2008. My blood pressure has been up and down the past year, but all check ups show I am fine. I am just hearing of all these issues with many of you now, just from a recent commercial on tv I swa, led me here to thisi website. My doctors have never mentioned that this could of been the result of my gallbladder surgery. I feel duped by my doctors beacause they continue to presribe this with no warning..
Posted on February 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm
after reading all the stories on here im like baffle’d. i hear of all the side effects and i never think it could happen to me ya know nothing was even said to me about the side effect of gallbladder disease. I started taking yasmin in spring of ’10 after about 2 or 3 weeks i started to feel sick to my stomach an occasional sharp pain in my right side i brushed it off thinking it was just my body ajusting to the new medication it started to get worse and worse the pain came more often finally it was happining daily it would hurt so bad and scare me to the point of panic attacks i couldnt breath my husband would get so scared for me he took me to the er summer of ’10 where there they found my pain was cause by the gallstones thats when they decided i needed surgery to remove my gallbladder i was out of work for a while then about 2 months after the surgery i was admited once again for another surgery for haveing a Mucinous cystadenoma. not sure if the second surgery had anything to do with the medicine but i thought it was a little odd.
Posted on February 28, 2012 at 9:55 am
i only took beyaz for 3 months and ended up with gall bladder problems. the suggested i have it removed. i went to the hospital with an attack and was told they were removing it, i have insurance but i have a small child at home im not willing to leave for surgery. i take flaxseed oil daily and it has prevented from having another attack! just a suggestion to avoid surgery. but since ive experienced the gall bladder issues i will never take another birth control pill. i think its sad that so many of us have to suffer for the rest of our lifes just because we were trying to prevent pregnancies
Posted on March 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm
I’ve been taking Yasmin and Ocella off and on for years. I had been off it for about five months when one day I had a horrible stomach ache the entire day. By about 9pm that evening I felt I was going to throw up or faint. I was dizzy and the pain would not subside with over-the-counter meds. My husband took me to the ER, the doctors discovered my appendix needed to come out. The next morning before going into surgery I was told by the surgeon I had large gallstones. I opted to have both organs removed. From what I could tell I’d never had a gall bladder attack, but I wanted to avoid future issues. I wish now, I’d done some gallbladder research. I’m shocked to read online that the two issues I had may have been related to my taking Yasmin and Ocella at various times. I’m in my early forties and just figured, the organs were failing due to age. I had no idea such young women were seeing the same health issues after only taking the pill a few months. I think I had the issues a while but they’d been undetected. I had insurance but can no longer afford it because I’m making payments on my $8,000 balance to the hospital.
Posted on April 14, 2012 at 12:55 am
While I was on yaz for 9 months I experienced severe mood swings and I gained over 30 lbs in 3 months while eating relatively healthy. when I noticed the weight gain , which who couldn’t what with all the severe stretch marks I have now, I began during and working out like crazy. I even got a trainer, but the scale kept rising. I am only 21 now, but I was 19, and less than a year before I was a serious competitive dancer in the peak of health, and I am still trying to lose the weight over 2 years later.
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 10:32 am
I read some of the comments which stated that YAZ warns their consumers very well about side effects well I never read anything about gallbladder damage, don’t even remember reading about heart problems either or how migraines can even occur from taking this product…So therefore NO YAZ BAYER company doesn’t label their products well or inform the consumers of all the risks that can or may happen from taking their products…I had to get my gallbladder removed months after taking the YAZ pill how is this fair? How is this justice that they can get away with this while a fairly healthy person has to go through surgery and life and death situations? I have children that could have been left orphaned for goodness sake and this company just keeps growing and making more money while us, whom are trying to put our trusts in these products, our lives are in their hands, and we have to suffer dearly? Where is the justice for us? My sister in law had to stop taking them a year after starting on YAZ she now has to take meds for her heart…I too must take meds for my heart, where is the fairness in this? And we get nothing but pain and suffering???
Posted on May 2, 2012 at 11:53 am
My very healthy daughter had to have her gallbladder removed due to the side effects of Yaz. What astonishes me is that, in the face of all of this overwhelming evidence, there are still young women saying that they don’t believe that Yaz caused the problems. Young healthy women who have good diets should not have gall bladder problems. These are not coincidences!!
Posted on May 3, 2012 at 3:43 am
In 2004, at 15 years of age, I began taking Yasmin to regulate my periods. In early 2005, I became very ill. I was hospitalized and the doctors decided that I had appendicitis, and subsequently removed my appendix. However, the surgery did nothing to stop my nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea and abdominal pain. After further tests, I was found to have gallstones. One month after my appendectomy, I had a second surgery to remove my gallbladder. Following this, I had what my doctors called “post cholecystectomy syndrome.” even though my gallbladder had been removed, I continued to have the same symptoms as before. This lasted throughout the summer and early fall. Before becoming ill, I had a job and was attending High School. My illness caused me to lose my job, and miss almost a year of school, making graduate one year later than I should have. I missed almost a whole year of my life, at a critical time when education, social interactions and recreation were crucial to my well-being.
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Im a 26 yr old mother of two. I was prescribed Yazmine in June 2007 for PCOS after the birth of my youngest child. I suffered from the same abdominal pain that everyone has poken about in their posts for a long while… About 5 yrs CAT scans and ultrasounds were done repeatedly with no answers to my problems… Finally in April of 2012 I was hospitalized and given the HIDA scan showing that my gallbladder was not functioning at all. This was a suprise to the physicians as well as myelf. I was hospitalized for 5 days from emergency gallbladder removal. It is a shame that YAZ doesn’t feel they have any part of this seeing all these similar symptoms Im glad I am not alone for a while I thought I was going crazy thanks for the reassurance.
Posted on June 6, 2012 at 9:58 am
If only they properly tested it. They are saying that Yaz,Yasmin and the off brands are not related to galbladder issues. Well if its not why do they warn people about risks?
Posted on June 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm
First of all the majority of gaalellddbr surgery these days is done laparoscopically (keyhole) which means the scars will be very small. Surgeons all have slightly different locations, but usually you will have the largest incision (about 1cm) just under your belly button and 3 more 0.5cm incisions higher on your abdomen 1 just below your sternum and 2 on your right side.As to whether or not you should have the surgery I can’t answer that. Without a full history and examination I can’t say if your pain was likely to be due to gallstones or not. Did your doctors say you had typical gallstone pain or that it was atypical? If your pain was due to something else, then an operation may not help. If it was due to gallstones then by having your gaalellddbr out now may prevent future problems such as infections and pancreatitis. Having your gaalellddbr out when you’re sick is always more dangerous then having it out when you are well.So it’s up to you do you want to get it out now to prevent possible future problems or wait and see if you have anymore pain? No one can decide that for you.
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 4:24 am
my daughter was 14 years old wen they put her yaz / yasmin now shes going on 16 havin stoach problems an kidney problems an pain at her pelvic i switched doctors cuz she wanted to take shots an the doctor didnt want to give her the depo shots we switched doctors shes on depo but shes lost alot of weight an nausead at her stomach all the time an doctor is makin her see a pyshotrist cuz of weight lost
Posted on September 18, 2012 at 2:23 am
i have been on yasmin since it came out and had no problem w it. in 07 i stopped takin it cuz my husband and i decided to have a baby. 2mo after having my son i went back on it and started having a lot of problems. after i ate i ended up running to the bathroom had on going nonstop neausea. one night i started hurting so bad that i couldnt keep it under cotrol. at the moment i was holding my 6 mo son and to hurry up and hand him to my husband and as soon as i new for sure he had him i fell to the ground in major pain. the next day i found a doc and he looked me over and told me i had a lot of gallbladder stones and that it was failing. so they ended up doing surgery a couple of days later.even to this day i still run to the bathroom and have the neausea.
Posted on September 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm