Millions of women throughout the U.S. turn to oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy and regulate their menstrual cycles. Many birth control pills contain progestin, estrogen, or a combination of both hormones. Although many women successfully use oral contraceptives for their family planning needs, others have allegedly suffered complications while taking products such as Yasmin, Yaz, and Ortho Evra. Several studies have found a potential relationship between these types of oral contraceptives and deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, and blood clots, conditions that can increase a woman’s risk of suffering from a stroke, heart attack, or death.
Common Complications of Oral Contraceptives
As is the case with any medication, there is always the risk of mild or common side effects. With oral contraceptives like Yaz, some women may experience irregular bleeding, bloating, breast tenderness, nausea, and headaches. However, the risk of blood clots may be higher for women who plan on undergoing surgical procedures or those who sit down for long periods of time.
While there has not yet been a recall for Yaz, Yasmin, or Ortho Evra, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged that there is a potential link between these oral contraceptives and blood clots. According to several medical experts, there are safer alternatives for women who wish to use a hormonal product for their contraceptive needs. If you or someone you love is coughing up blood, suffering from a shortness of breath, or experiencing pain in their chest or calves, you may wish to seek legal counsel to learn more about filing a Colorado birth control blood clot lawsuit.
Plaintiffs File Lawsuits Involving Yaz and Yasmin
The FDA has reportedly received hundreds of adverse event reports submitted by women who used contraceptives that contained drospirenone. The agency has acknowledged that it would be investigating the possibility of an increased risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis in women using certain types of birth control pills. According to the FDA, while the risk of suffering from blood clots is small, Yaz and other oral contraceptives may still slightly increase this risk.
Court documents indicate that thousands of lawsuits have been settled involving Yasmin and Yaz. Plaintiffs have named Bayer Healthcare as a defendant in these claims, and women accuse the company of producing a dangerous product. In February 2014, Bayer acknowledged that it would pay $1.69 billion to resolve 8,250 lawsuits filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly suffered from strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis. The company is still facing more than 4,600 birth control blood clot lawsuits. To find out whether you may be eligible to pursue your own Colorado birth control blood clot lawsuit claim, call Attorney Group for Colorado today.
Eligible to File a Colorado Birth Control Blood Clot Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love took Yasmin, Yaz, or another oral birth control pill and you suffered from blood clots or other complications, you may be able to file a Colorado birth control blood clot lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. Attorney Group for Colorado can help you determine if you have a case by providing you with a free, no-obligation consultation. If you have a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Colorado birth control blood clot lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.