Gallbladder disease is one of the dangerous side effects of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. Throughout the U.S., women who have taken Yaz or Yasmin have developed gallstones as a result. In many cases, these women have had to undergo gallbladder removal surgery. Yasmin and Yaz present an increased risk of gallbladder disease because of the ingredient drospirenone. Drospirenone is a diuretic, and medical studies have shown that long-term use of diuretics can lead to gallbladder disease. The gallbladder assists with the body’s digestive process. Bile is stored in the gallbladder until the body needs it to digest fats. The gallbladder then contracts, pushing the bile into the common bile duct. Gallstones form when bile is stored in the gallbladder for too long, allowing the liquid to harden into small stone-like pieces. Yaz and Yasmin can increase the level of cholesterol in the bile while at the same time decreasing gallbladder contractions. The symptoms of Yaz gallbladder disease include:
- Abdominal pain and bloating
If you or a loved one have been using Yaz and have been experiencing such symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.