Bayer releases two studies it commissioned as proof that the drugs are safe, but other studies have found that contraceptives like Yaz and Yasmin increase the risk of blood clots more than other types of birth control pills.
Yasmin, first marketed in 2001, and Yaz, introduced in 2006, are made with a synthetic progestin called drospirenone. Two 2009 studies published in The British Medical Journal have called drospirenone’s safety into question.
One study, which looked at blood clot risks in healthy Danish women ages 15 to 49, found that of 4,213 cases of various kinds of blood clots reported between 1995 and 2005, more than 2,000 occurred in women who used oral contraceptives. Contraceptive pills made with the synthetic progestins desogestrel, gestodone and drospirenone all had a higher risk of blood clots compared to those made with an older form of progestin called levonorgestrel.
The second study, which involved 3,200 women in the Netherland, found those taking pills with levonorgestrel had a four times higher risk of getting blood clots than women taking no birth control. However, the other types of pills carried a higher risk. Those made with drospirenone were 6.3 times more likely to be associated with blood clots. Only pills made with desogestrel had a higher risk – 7.3 times greater.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting an ongoing study of pills like Yaz and Yasmin to evaluate their safety. As of November, the agency had received reports of 993 cases of pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), 487 of deep vein thrombosis (clots in the deep veins) and 229 of other blood clots for the two medications combined, The Times said.
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