Jazzed about Yaz? or Buzzing about the Buz?

Gyno Gab Gal is too, there is still a lot of reason to like the birth control pills, such as Yaz that contain the new progesterone called drospirenone.But the Buzz regarding this pill is also gabbed about quite a bit as well Lots of emails from patients asking about the commercials about seeking law suits regarding birth control pills containing the hormones in the popular contraceptive pill Yaz. What is the buzz about? Well, all birth control pills have hormonal effects on the liver that can effect our clotting factors to some extent. More clotting factors can lead to increased blood clots in the blood vessels, and this is one of the risks of these pills. But how risky is this? There are what we call "risks verses benefits!" and "Magnitude of risk." Pregnancy does this as well as the estrogen and progesterone levels in pregnancy are dramatically higher than the levels in oral contraceptives. In a study released on November 8th, 2011 among 330,000 Israeli women it was found that those who used these newer pills were more likely than other oral contraceptive users to develop a venous thromboembolism (VTE), or a blood clot in your lower legs. So when weighing your risks, talk to your gyno about what your risks are if you were to become pregnant. The risk of women getting a blood clot is increased for women with other risk factors: getting older: if you are over 40; getting fatter: if you are obese; getting doused with tobacco: if you are a smoker. And there are greater risks if you have genetic predispositions. But risks are low. In fact the risk of dying from this condition has to be measured in a few women per 10,000 women. In this study they found about 6 cases per year, meaning about 10 per 10,000 women.So very low indeed, but it translated into a range that was about 50% higher (40-60% range if you really looked at the data per year). So the buzz is real, but your individual risk is likely very low. Interestingly they found that the clots were most likely to occur in the first months of use, so those using the pills don't have a good reason to switch if you are doing fine, but new start patients may want to consider this as well.  Talk to your own gyno and find out your individual facts.


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