How Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella Work

Our Mass Tort Lawyers Can Help You Seek the Financial Compensation You Deserve

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The birth control drugs Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are combined oral contraceptives that contain two types of hormones: estrogen and progestin. The estrogen contained in Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella is ethinylestradiol. Most formulations of modern oral contraceptive drugs have a combination of hormones containing ethinylestradiol. However, the progestin within Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella is drospirenone (pronounced dros-peer-eh-known) or DRSP, a synthetic progestin that is deeply concerning because of its potential impact to your health and safety.

How Much DRSP is in Yaz and Yasmin?

Sold by the drug manufacturer Bayer, Yaz and Yasmin – as well as the generic version of Yasmin, Ocella, sold by Barr Laboratories – are the first types of birth control to contain DRSP. Yasmin contains 3mg DRSP and 30mcg ethinylestradiol per tablet. Yaz contains 3mg DRSP and 20mcg ethinylestradiol per tablet.

These birth control drugs prevent ovulation by working against the usual body chemistry of a woman with childbearing potential by suppressing endogenous gonadotropin. This inhibits ovulation as well as other natural changes associated with the menstrual cycle.

How DRSP in Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella Can Harm You

DRSP has anti-mineralocorticoid properties, meaning that it works against the normal mechanisms for regulating the balance of salt and water in your body. This can lead to situations of hyperkalemia, or elevated levels of potassium, as well as potentially serious heart and other health problems.

Drug companies are aware of the increased health risks using combined oral contraceptives that contain both estrogen and progestin hormones. Of these risks, many women may suffer serious medical side effects such as strokes or blood clots. However, Bayer marketed the health concerns associated with the fourth generation, “newer” DRSP progestin hormone as being safer in addition to having more benefits than older oral birth control contraceptives.

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If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury while taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, please call us immediately for a complimentary consultation of your potential claim. Bayer misled thousands of women and their prescribing physicians by hiding the dangers of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella in order to make a profit. This practice is not fair to you, or to the woman you care for who has also suffered serious health problems while taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella.

It is important to consult with a physician as well as experienced mass tort attorneys if you believe you are experiencing negative Yaz side effects. Our firm is here to help you seek your deserved compensation. Call 888-841-9623 for more information about your eligibility of joining an ongoing drug lawsuit.