Headaches With Yaz

Yaz® (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive taken by women to prevent pregnancy. It can also be used to treat symptoms of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and acne in women who also desire contraception.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with this birth control pill. In clinical studies, a number of women reported headaches with Yaz. Headaches are considered to be a common side effect of the oral contraceptive, occurring in more than 1 percent of women.
If you experience any headaches while taking Yaz, in most cases, you do not need to seek medical attention. Most side effects of this medication are minor and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. However, if you are using Yaz and severe headaches occur, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately (as it could be a sign of a stroke).
(Click Yaz Side Effects for more information on whether Yaz can cause headaches, to find out what other side effects may occur with this birth control pill, and to learn more about the potentially serious side effects of Yaz that require immediate medical attention.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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