Yaz birth control, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, was FDA- approved in 2006.  Yaz is the next generation of  Bayer’s original birth control pill, Yasmin, which was approved in 2001. Yaz is a combination birth control that contains ethinlyl estradiol, long-used in oral contraceptives, and drospirenone, a new type of progestin.  The medication works to prevent pregnancy by suppressing ovulation and by altering the linings of the cervix and uterus, which makes a fertilized egg less likely to attach to the uterus.

According to Bayer, Yaz also helps treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition with emotional and physical premenstrual symptoms severe enough to impact daily functioning.  Symptoms of PMDD include mood swings, irritability, depression, anger, anxiety, bloating, and severe body aches and pains.  Bayer also claims that Yaz helps treat acne.

Unfortunately, many users have reported serious Yaz side effects.  It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing any of these Yaz side effects.

Physiological Yaz Side Effects

There have been reports of Yaz side effects since the oral contraceptive hit the market in 2006. These side effects range from dangerous physical ailments to psychological and emotional problems.  Examples of physiological Yaz side effects include:


  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Sudden death
  • Gallbladder disease
  • General blood clotting

High levels of cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking increase the risk of Yaz side effects. Women over 35 are also at an increased risk of experiencing Yaz side effects, as are women who have suffered from kidney or liver problems, as high potassium levels may surface.

Emotional Yaz Side Effects

Additional reports by women indicate that some have suffered emotional trauma after taking Yaz.   These Yaz side effects can range from emotional breakdowns to a decreased desire for sexual activity.  In severe cases, usage of Yaz can cause depression.  It is important to seek help if you have experienced any of these symptoms after using Yaz.

Have you been injured by Yaz Side Effects?

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed around the country by women experiencing Yaz side effects.  If you have been injured by Yaz side effects you may be entitled to financial compensation.  Contact us for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by