Since Yasmin birth control pills were first introduced to the market in 2001, and Yaz birth control as a similar product in 2006, millions of women have been prescribed the drugs. In addition to birth control, Bayer marketed Yaz as being able to control acne and severe premenstrual symptoms. As a result, Yaz became a best seller.

Unfortunately, Yasmin/Yaz side effects can be deadly. Yaz/Yasmin contain two medications, drospirenone and ethinylestradiol. Drospirenone is a synthetic hormone, and studies have found that it is six times more likely than similar products to cause venous thromboembolism – blood clots that form in the lower leg or thigh. If those clots break loose, they can flow through the bloodstream to the lungs or heart and cause pulmonary embolism or heart attack. Other studies have shown that Yaz and Yasmin are twice as likely to cause blood clots as other hormonal birth control pills.

Drospirenone causes these blood clots by increasing the body’s potassium levels. Side effects are serious and include pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis/DVT, renal failure, and pancreatitis. All of these health problems can cause death.