If someone you know is taking Yaz for birth control, you’ve probably alerted them to some of the risks. After all, they may not know that there is an increased risk of blood clots—even if they do, they probably aren’t aware of the symptoms of this life-threatening side effect.
One of the biggest dangers of Yaz blood clots are the potential for these clots to form in the leg muscles, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When a DVT affects a deep vein of the calf or thigh muscle, it can partially or completely block the flow of blood—causing pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. If the blood clot becomes dislodged, it can travel through the body to the lungs, heart or brain, causing permanent damage or even sudden death.
Women who are taking Yaz or Yasmin should check for these early symptoms of deep vein thrombosis:
- Pain in the legs. Leg pain or cramping may be present in one or both legs, become gradually worse throughout the day or suddenly become noticeable in the night. It could also worsen when the leg is bent.
- Swollen legs. Some victims of DVT will notice an increase in the relative size of one of their legs, that the affected area has become warm to the touch, or that the skin has turned red, blue or pale color.
- Unexplained respiratory symptoms. If the blood clot has traveled to the lungs, victims may experience symptoms of a pulmonary embolism—including chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and ultimately loss of consciousness.
The most worrying thing about Yaz blood clots in Kentucky is that many patients who suffer a venous thrombosis do not experience any symptoms. It is vital that you ask your doctor about proper testing while taking Yaz, and to explore other birth control options that may be right for you.
If you have suffered an injury caused by a Yaz blood clot, our attorneys can explain your legal options at no cost to you. Call us today at 888-450-4456 or fill out the contact form on the top of this page to find out more about your Yaz lawsuit in Kentucky in your FREE case evaluation.