Yaz Risks

Yaz® (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive taken by women to prevent pregnancy. The medication is also used to treat symptoms of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and acne in women. Although most people tolerate it well, the medication is not free of risks. Since this form of birth control is not suitable for everyone, it is important that you talk to your healthcare provider about any possible risks that may apply to you.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Yaz. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were reported with this birth control pill included breakthrough bleeding or spotting, a decreased sex drive, headaches, and weight gain. In most cases, side effects of Yaz are minor and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
A number of more serious problems may also occur with Yaz. For example, the medication may increase your blood pressure, affect your cholesterol, and worsen certain medical conditions (such as depression or gallbladder disease). Yaz may also increase your risk for developing blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks.
(Click Yaz Side Effects and Yaz Warnings and Precautions for more information about other potential risks with Yaz, for warnings on who should not use this particular method of birth control, and for a list of other common side effects of the drug.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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