If you've been taking one of these birth control pills, contact a New Mexico personal injury attorney immediately for more information.
The popular birth control pill Yaz, and its counterpart Yasmin, have been linked to severe gall bladder problems, including gallstones, in otherwise healthy women. Often, these women had no gall bladder problems nor had any of the traditional risk factors for gall bladder disease before taking the pills. Typical risk factors include multiple pregnancies, obesity and rapid weight loss.
Under normal circumstances, bile is produced by the liver and travels to the gallbladder, where it stays until it is released into the small intestine. However, the composition of bile is changed in women who take Yaz and Yasmin. Studies have linked the hormones in Yaz and Yasmin to increased cholesterol levels in bile that causes the bile to harden and form gallstones. Gallstones can become excruciatingly painful and cause gallbladder inflammation and disease.
Symptoms of gallbladder problems include - but are not limited to:
• Pain or discomfort in the upper right side of the abdomen
• Abdominal bloating
However, in many cases, gallstones are asymptomatic. The stones may not be discovered until years later when they become extremely painful. At that point, surgical removal of the gall bladder may be your only option. Even after surgery is completed, many women still face gallbladder removal side effects.