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Yaz Birth Control Pill Side Effects

written by: Kecia • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 1/15/2011

There are many different side effects of Yaz birth control pills, putting the medication in front of the media at length over the past few years. It is essential that anyone considering taking Yaz to prevent pregnancy understand the possible dangers associated with the medication.

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    What is Yaz?

    Yaz is a popular birth control pill that many women have taken. It prevents ovulation, the key action when it comes to getting pregnant. The medicine also works to alter the lining of the uterus which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg or for a fertilized egg to secure itself to the uterine wall.

    It is important that anyone considering this drug to understand the side effects of Yaz birth control pills. There are also certain conditions in which Yaz should not be taken due to existing conditions or known drug interactions.

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    Serious Side Effects of Yaz Birth Control Pills

    There are many different effects that can occur if you take Yaz to prevent pregnancy, although some are more serious than others. An allergic reaction to the medication can cause hives, breathing difficulties, and swelling of the lips, tongue, or face. If you experience an allergic reaction to Yaz or any of the following severe effects, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

    • Abdominal pain
    • Loss of appetite
    • Depression
    • Confusion
    • Weakness or numbness anywhere on the body
    • Vision problems
    • Chest pain or tightness
    • Migraine headaches
    • Lump in the breast

    Yaz has also been linked to blood clots, strokes and heart attacks in a number of its users. The risk for these life-threatening side effects is far greater for those who smoke while taking the pill, especially in women who are 35 years old and older. Also, those that have diseases associated with the kidneys, liver, or adrenal glands should not take Yaz due to its amount of drospirenone, a hormone that can increase the amount of potassium in the body.

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    Less Serious Side Effects of Yaz Birth Control Pills

    There are also some less severe side effects of Yaz that can be experienced by the pill’s users. These usually do not warrant immediate medical attention. However, they can be annoying, so you may want to mention them to your doctor as soon as possible. These include:

    • Increased hair growth
    • Swelling in the hands or feet
    • Alterations to your menstrual cycle
    • Weight or appetite changes
    • Tenderness, pain, or swelling of the breasts
    • Increase in freckles found on the body
    • Darkening of skin, especially on the face
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    Drug Interactions with Yaz

    Some side effects of Yaz birth control pills can come about due to taking the drug while on other medications. The drugs can react to the contraceptive, creating both serious and non-serious side effects. It is vital that you speak to your doctor about any other medicines you are taking before beginning Yaz. Over the counter medications for colds and other conditions can weaken the ability of Yaz, so keep this in mind when using any other drugs, even those designed for temporary use, while on the birth control pill.