Liver tumors are one of the many potential health problems that a woman may develop after taking an oral contraceptive containing the chemical Drospirenone. Currently, the three pills that utilize this chemical compound are Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella. Reports from patients and doctors suggest that a woman who takes any of these forms of birth control may have an increased risk of developing a liver tumor. If the tumor is malignant, it can be life threatening.
Symptoms of Liver Tumors
The symptoms of a liver tumor may vary from patient to patient and by the severity of the tumor. Some of the most common symptoms that patients with a liver tumor experience include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
- Jaundice (development of yellow skin and eyes)
If any of the above symptoms persist, talk to your doctor immediately about your condition. You may also feel a large lump on the upper portion of the abdomen, on the right side of your body. If you detect a hard mass or other abnormal lump, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The sooner you detect and treat a tumor, the greater the chance of stopping it and preventing further complications.
Liver Tumor Risk Factors
Some populations are more prone to developing liver tumors than others. Any of the following conditions may increase your risk of liver tumor growth:
- Hepatitis B infection
- Hepatitis C infection
- Alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol consumption
- Cirrhosis of the liver
If you have any of the above conditions, it is particularly important to talk to your doctor about ways to relieve stress on your liver and minimize your chances of developing liver tumors. If you are taking or are considering taking an oral contraceptive containing Drospirenone, such as Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, consider consulting with your doctor about safer forms of birth control that are available as these pills may put you at an unnecessary increased risk of liver problems.
For sound legal advice and assistance regarding liver tumors and other injuries and illnesses that may have developed while taking the oral contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, contact the experienced Yaz lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at 800-761-3187.