Birth Control Pills And Related Side Effect
Dr. Mital John • onHealth & Beauty 9 years ago • 3 min read

Birth control through external means includes pills, injections, patches, implants placed permanently in tissue and contraceptive device such as a diaphragm or ring. Most birth control methods work in a similar fashion - forbidding the egg from undergoing maturation and evolving in the woman's ovaries.

In the natural cycle of a woman, hormonal levels start to fall thus activating various biological process. Women, who ingest birth control pills containing estrogen and progesterone, have an varying hormone level and due to the fluctuation, ovulation is prevented.

Virtually all oral contraceptives potentially have the following serious side effects:

• Deep vein thrombosis • Gallbladder disease • Heart attack (myocardial infarction) along with additional heart-related problems • High blood pressure (hypertension) • Liver cancer (hepatic neoplasia) • Stroke • Thromboembolism. This is when a blood clot, after travelling through the blood stream, plugs up another blood vessel.

Women who take either YAZ or Yasmin may be taking significantly more risks than they are aware of. Not only has the risk from taking either Yaz or Yasmin been reportedly much higher, there are significant side effects that are more specific to Yasmin and Yaz as well.

Both Yaz and Yamin are birth control pills that were the first to use drospirenone, a new form of progestin. When combined with ethinyl estradiol (EE) it prevents normal ovulation. In other words, the user's monthly egg release does not occur.

Although both are manufactured by Bayer HealthCare, they are different. The primary differences are the amount of ethinyl estradiol in the pills and the time frame within which active pills and placebos are taken within their 28 day cycles.

• The Yasmin pill has 39 micrograms of EE while the YAZ birth control pill has 200 micrograms. • The Yasmin pill is taken for 21 consecutive days, followed by placebo pills for 7 days. Active YAZ pills are taken for 24 days, followed by 4 days of placebos.

The British Medical Journal Online published two studies on August 14, 2009. Dr. F.R. Rosendaal, one of the leading authorities on oral contraceptives, conducted one study that involved 1,524 women. The second study focused on the entire adult female population of Denmark, the equivalent of 10,400,000 women years.

Precautions: -

Loestrin should be avoided in cases of pregnancy, lactation, imminent major surgery, prolonged bed rest, hypertension, abnormal vaginal bleeding, circulation problems, liver disease, stroke or blood clot and hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer. Some drugs (antibiotics using penicillin and tetracycline, barbiturate sedatives, vitamin C, HIV or AIDS medicines) can interact with Loestrin and reduce its effectiveness, which may result in pregnancy. Loestrin Fe does not protect from sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS. Smoking women older than 35 years are with increased risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack.

Potential side effects: -

Side effects of Loestrin that require immediate medical attention include serious allergic reactions: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; sudden headache and blurred vision, stomach problems, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of the skin and eyes. The drug might also cause mild nausea, darkening of the skin, vaginal itching or discharge, nervousness, dizziness. It is best to consult with a doctor if any side effects occur.

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