The controversy, and lawsuits, surrounding Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills are growing by the day. Bayer, the manufacturer of these dangerous drugs, contends they are safe and any side effects are clearly listed on their labels. Bayer accomplishes this by citing studies which are favorable to their predetermined outcome (i.e. Yaz and Yasmin are not harmful when used responsibly and should remain on the open market).
However, Bayer funded two of these studies. There appears to be a pretty substantial conflict of interest with regards to their sources. That's why you need to utilize a healthy dose of skepticism when reading these "medical" studies. Always be sure to check who funded the research. If it's from the drug's manufacturer, you should be leery of the results.
There have been independent, third party studies which report an increased risk for blood clots and other serious side effects. What kinds of side effects? Well, heres a list of just some of the side effects reported by hundreds of young women: gallstones, stroke, blood clots, symptoms of depression, a breast lump, sudden numbness, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance, chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, and sweating.
If you're looking for additional information about Yaz, Yasmin, and their generic cousin Ocella, check out our special, in-depth report on these dangerous prescription drugs.