Risk of Pulmonary Embolism from Yaz, Yasmin

Side effects of Yaz and Yasmin have been linked to an increased risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, including a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot that causes a bloackage of the lungs.

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Compensation may be available through a Yaz and Yasmin pulmonary embolisms lawsuit for women throughout the United States who have suffered an injury, which may have been prevented if proper warnings had been provided about the risk of problems.

New cases are no longer being accepted by Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.


A pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot that forms somewhere else in the body (most often a venous thrombosis from the legs), which breaks off, travels through the blood stream and becomes lodged near the lung.  This can cause a sudden blockage of the artery that brings blood into the lungs, potentially causing symptoms like:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest Pain while inhaling
  • Palpitations
  • Abnormally low blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate.

Yaz, Beyaz and Yasmin, as well as the generic Ocella, use a combination of the hormones ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, a new type of progestin that is unique to these birth control pills.  The use of drospirenone can elevate potassium levels, which could increase the risk of blood clots and other injuries.

An August 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal highlighted the Yasmin and Yaz blood clot risk, finding that users of such birth control pills that contain drospirenone face a 6.3 times increased risk of blood clots when compared to women who were not on the pill.  In addition, while all forms of birth control carry some risk of blood clots, researchers found that women between 18 and 50 taking birth control containing drospirenone were nearly four times more likely to suffer a first pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) than women using some other forms of oral birth control, such as pills containing levonorgestrel.

An untreated pulmonary embolism can lead to collapses, and circulation problems. Some experts predict that 15% of all cases of sudden death are due to a pulmonary embolism.

Yaz lawsuits, Yasmin lawsuits, Beyaz lawsuits and Ocella lawsuits for women who suffered a pulmonary embolism allege that the drug makers failed to adequately research the medications or warn about potentially life-threatening side effects.  Yaz and Yasmin were aggressively marketed with misrepresentations and omissions about the dangers of blood clots, pulmonary embolism and other problems.


The Yaz and Yasmin lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing claims for women who have suffered a pulmonary embolism, as well as other side effects of the birth control pills,such as:

All cases are pursued on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.

New cases are no longer being accepted by Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.