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I have heard that some kinds of birth control pills have dangerous side effects. How can I tell if the birth control pill I am taking is safe?

Most women can use many birth control pills safely. However, there are certain medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious side effects. These conditions include:

  • History of smoking, especially if over age 35.
  • Breast cancer.
  • Blood clotting disorders.
  • Stroke.
  • Heart problems, including heart attack, angina, and heart valve conditions.
  • Lupus.
  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Liver disease.
  • Adrenal gland disease.

If you have any of these conditions, speak to your doctor about the best method of birth control for you.

Pills that contain drospirenone are different from other birth-control pills. Birth control pills that contain drospirenone include Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, Safyral, Syeda, Loryna, Ocella, and Zarah. These pills increase the potassium in the blood and have been linked gallbladder disease and pancreatitis. These pills may also increase a woman's chance of getting a blood clot by as much as 75 percent. Blood clots can cause stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolism, which may result in permanent disability or death.

If you are currently a birth control pill containing drospirenone, discuss the risks with your doctor. You may want to consider switching to a pill with fewer risks.

If you have suffered a stroke or a pulmonary embolism while taking Yaz, Yasmin, or another birth control pill with drospirenone, a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer can tell you about your rights. Contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.