Smoking and Oral Contraceptives
Doctors and scientists have long recognized the potentially deadly combination of smoking cigarettes and taking oral contraceptives. Not only can nicotine increase your chances of suffering from the negative side effects of oral birth control, but it can also make you much more likely to have a heart attack.
While smoking is dangerous when combined with all oral contraceptives, some types of birth control pills already come with a higher risk of heart attack and other hazardous problems. Thus, when you smoke and take drugs like YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, you are putting yourself in harm’s way. If you have suffered any negative consequences due to taking YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, you should contact a YAZ lawsuit attorney from Williams Kherkher today at 800-761-3187.
The Effects of Nicotine and Birth Control
Cigarettes, nicotine patches, and nicotine gum all expose you to the effects of nicotine. Nicotine is a chemical that increases your blood pressure and heart rate, both of which put stress on your blood vessels. If your bloodstream also has higher amounts of estrogen due to oral birth control, these extra molecules can also cause blood vessels to deteriorate.
Dangers of Weakened Blood Vessels
The combined damaging effects of nicotine and oral birth control can put you at risk for several different problems, including:
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
Sadly, some of these problems can have permanent effects on your life. For instance, a stroke can severely damage your brain, leaving you with disabilities such as an inability to talk or use one side of your body.
Frighteningly, some types of oral contraceptives already carry higher risks of heart attacks and stroke without the combined effects of nicotine. YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella are three birth control pills that have been linked to devastating side effects that can cause long-lasting health problems. If you are a victim of YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, you should contact a YAZ lawyer from Williams Kherkher at 800-761-3187 today.