October, 2013

Yaz and Yasmin

Among the many birth control pills in the market today, Yaz and Yasmin are two of the most prescribed and widely-used by women. They are both manufactured by Bayer, and are both made up of a combination of ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and drospirenone (progesterone). Although they are generally made up of the same hormones, there are certain differences that may matter when you are choosing which one to use.

One of the main differences between Yaz and Yasmin are in the amount of hormones in each combination. Although both have the same amount of drospirenone (3mg), Yaz has a lower amount of ethinyl estradiol (20 mcg) compared to Yasmin (30 mcg). Also, dosage instructions for Yaz is 24 days (with 4 placebo pills), while Yasmin is only taken for 21 days (with 7 placebo pills). Meanwhile, Yasmin is prescribed exclusively as a birth control pill, while Yaz can double as a birth control pill and as treatment for people with moderate acne. Even the FDA has approved Yaz to be effective in easing PMDD symptoms.

Despite their subtle differences, both pills have been known to cause side effects to women, particularly those using them for some years. Besides the garden-variety side effects that most birth control pills cause, Yaz and Yasmin can also increase the risks of blood clots, strokes, and pulmonary embolism. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, women who suffer life-threatening side effects may be able to hold Bayer accountable for their injuries through a Yasmin lawsuit. Both pills can also alter or interact with other prescription or over-the-counter drugs, which can render them useless or heighten the risks of liver, kidney and adrenal problems.

Women with already high levels of potassium in the body are not advised to take either Yaz or Yasmin. Those who are over the age of 35 and are heavy smokers are also persuaded to not take Yaz or Yasmin, along with those who suffer from blood clotting problems, heart complications, high blood pressure, depression, and those who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Because both Yasmin and Yaz are birth control pills, they should not be taken without the consent and information of your doctor, therefore proper medical supervision is necessary before taking them.

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