The problem with Yasmin is that it contains 3-mg of drospirenone. This ingredient has recently become a source of controversy. In fact, ever since the FDA approved Yasmin in 2001, there has been growing amounts of scientific evidence linking Yasmin to an increased risk of Yasmin DVT blood clots and other severe injuries.
In April 2012, the FDA decided to revise all labels of drospirenone-containing birth control pills, including Yasmin. After the FDA funded a massive study of more than 800,000 women taking hormonal birth control pills, researchers found that women taking Yasmin were three times more likely to develop a life-threatening blood clot.
Yasmin and Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you take any type of combination hormonal birth control pill that contains synthetic progestin, you have an increased risk of developing a blood clot. Even women who have no previous history of blood clots have a higher risk while taking Yasmin. These blood clots can form anywhere in the body, but they most frequently form inside the deep veins located in the lower legs, in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). More rarely, they can also develop in the thighs, pelvis, or upper arms.
When a blood clot forms in DVT, the body will probably have trouble dissolving the blood clot. If left untreated, the clot may continue to grow in size. Once it becomes very large, pressure can build up behind the blood clot, and then it can suddenly break loose and travel through the bloodstream. This is called an embolism. Large embolisms are more dangerous than small embolisms, but all blood clots can potentially cause injury.
Veins are blood vessels that carry used, oxygen-deprived blood from the body towards the heart. The heart is responsible for pumping this blood into the lungs to receive fresh oxygen. When a DVT blood clot forms, it is almost always pumped into the lungs. Inside the lungs, the blood vessels get very small, and the blood clot becomes trapped.
A blood clot trapped inside the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism. It prevents blood from reaching the tissue ahead. This deprives the tissue of life-giving blood, and the tissue begins to die within minutes. If the blood clot is very large, it can cause severe lung tissue damage. This damage is irreparable. If untreated, around 30% of pulmonary embolisms cause death.
Symptoms of Yasmin Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is potentially life-threatening, but the initial symptoms be relatively benign. In fact, around half of cases of DVT have no symptoms at all, until the blood clot becomes an embolism and starts to cause severe organ damage. If you take Yasmin birth control pills (or any birth control pill containing progestin), you should know the symptoms of a Yasmin DVT blood clot so that you can seek immediate emergency medical attention before the blood clot causes a more serious condition, such as a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
When symptoms of DVT do appear, they typically include the following:
- Discoloration of the affected part of the body (such as one leg)
- Pain in the affected extremity
- Swelling in the limb
- Warmth in the area of the blood clot
- Superficial veins may look engorged
- Weakness, tingling, or abnormal sensation in the affected limb
Treatment of Yasmin DVT Blood Clots
When a Yasmin DVT blood clot is diagnosed before it causes a pulmonary embolism, the treatment will attempt to stop the blood clot from growing any larger. This also reduces the risk that the blood clot will break loose and cause a pulmonary embolism.
Initial treatment often involves anti-coagulation medications such as heparin or warfarin. If the blood clot is very large, if the condition does not resolve, or if symptoms worsen, a doctor may use an intravenous clot-busting drug. Because these drugs have a high risk of bleeding, this treatment is usually only an option when the Yasmin DVT blood clot is life-threatening.