Many women throughout the United States take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. However, studies have suggested that women who use certain estrogen-containing oral contraceptives are anywhere from three to six times more likely to develop blood clots than are women who are not taking the contraceptives. Low dose oral contraceptives are less risky than the older contraceptives that were available in higher doses.
Consequences of Blood Clots
Blood clots themselves are serious medical problems, but can lead to further medical issues, including:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Heart attack
Smoking significantly increases a woman’s likelihood of developing blood clots associated with birth control pills. Women who take certain oral contraceptives should not smoke for this reason.
Signs of Blood Clots
Blood clots can cause a range of adverse side effects, including:
- Blurred, double, or decreased vision
- Sudden numbness or swelling in the face, arms, or legs
- Throbbing or burning in the palms or soles
- Aphasia, or a difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Pressure in the center of the chest
- Chronic headaches and dizziness
If you are taking Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, or another oral contraceptive and experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult a health care professional immediately:
If you or a loved one has suffered from blood clots or other serious medical conditions after taking Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, you may be able to pursue legal action and claim financial compensation for your injuries and other losses. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the Yaz side effects lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-761-3187.