Published On: Sat, Jun 18th, 2016

What The Doctor Won’t Tell You About Hormonal Birth Control

Up to 80 percent of women in the western world use hormonal birth control. From the patch to the pill, hormonal birth control is the most common form of contraceptives used. This is because of the fact that it’s easy-to-use and has very high success rates when it comes to preventing pregnancy. It can also be effectively used for balancing hormonal problems, such as acne and polycystic ovaries.

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While an effective contraceptive and treatment for hormone-related problems, hormonal contraception isn’t risk-free. Like all medicines, it comes with a list of minor side effects, such as bloating and sickness. However, it also comes with what are called ‘rare but serious side effects.’

Despite the fact that side effects like blood clots are meant to be uncommon, there are lawsuits each year for complications caused by the pill. These include blood clots, being more prone to cancer, and various other serious conditions.

Want to know more about the more serious side effects of hormonal contraception? Then keep reading as all is about to be revealed.

The dangers of Drospirenone

Drospirenone, a synthetic version of progesterone, is in a range of hormonal contraceptives. These include Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Safyral, and Beyaz. These are all newer forms of contraception, older pills like Microgynon, don’t contain it.

While these pills do warn of blood clots and higher risks of cancer, a lot of women have claimed that these weren’t shown to be common. Or likely to happen. When actually, they are. There have also been court cases where women have claimed that taking a certain pill, has caused serious mental health problems.

Bayer, the German company who produce Yasmin and Yaz, have to date, settled over 3500 lawsuits and paid out 750 million in compensation. That’s a lot of lawsuits and a lot of money, and that’s just one type of hormonal contraceptive.

Damaged caused by IUDs

As well as nasty side effects caused by the contraceptive pill, there’s also been various lawsuits about IUDs. There are two types of IUDs, hormonal and non-hormonal, we’re talking about the hormonal device.

The Mirena IUD is a popular contraceptive choice as it’s easy and doesn’t require medication to be taken daily. However, it does come with some potentially nasty side effects. One of which is the fact that it can move from where it’s been placed and move to elsewhere in the body. This can be painful and incredibly dangerous, causing internal bleeding and organ damage. While Bayer, the company behind Mirena claims migration is rare, it’s actually a common problem. In the past two years, more than 1500 lawsuits using a drug recall lawyer have been made.

What does this mean?

Of course, all medicine come with side effects. However, most are minor, or the severe ones tend to be exceedingly rare. When a medication like birth control that is continually taken has such serious side effects, it is somewhat concerning.

So there you have it, what you need to know about hormonal birth control that your doctor won’t tell you.