Common side effects associated with the use of Yaz include:
Breakthrough bleeding between menstrual periods
Breast tenderness, breast pain
Certain serious side effects have been linked to Yaz. If you experience any of the following side effects, seek immediate medical attention. Women over the age of 35 and those who smoke are at an increased risk for experiencing severe side effects. Serious side effects include:
Liver cancer, liver tumors, severe liver bleeding
High blood pressure
Blood clots in the legs or lungs
Less severe side effects of Yaz include:
Breast tenderness, breast pain
Weight gain or loss
Change in appetite
Increased hair growth or loss of hair on the head
Darkening of facial skin
Though uncommon, the following side effects were experienced by more than 1 percent of participants in a clinical trial for Yaz:
Upper respiratory infection
Dark spots on skin, specifically the face (Melasma)
Inflammation of the pharynx in the throat (Pharyngitis)
Inflammation of the bladder (Cystitis)
Inflammation and irritation of the stomach or intestines (Gastroenteritis)
Flu syndrome (flu-like symptoms of fever, shivering, dry cough, nausea, etc.)
Urinary tract infection
Uncontrolled or unusual emotions
Serious side effects cxaused by the use of Yaz or Yasmin have caused many women and their loved ones to seek additional information about the contraceptives. To receive comprehensive information about Yaz, side effects and treatment options, please fill out the packet request form on this page.
Things to Know, Precautions, Things to Ask Your Physician:
A doctor may advise against certain women taking an oral contraceptive such as Yaz based on certain factors including age, medical history, lifestyle choices (such as smoking), or various health conditions. Women with the following conditions may wish to abstain from the use of an oral contraceptive:
History of heart attack or stroke
Liver tumors (both benign or cancerous)
Allergies to hormones used in oral contraceptives (estrogen, progestin)
Cancer of the breast, cervix, uterus or vagina
Jaundice, the yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, due to the previous use of oral contraceptives or pregnancy
Additionally, women with kidney, liver or adrenal disease are advised not to take Yaz and those with certain chronic conditions may be advised not to take Yaz. Speak with a doctor about any questions or concerns before beginning Yaz treatment.
Women 35 years of age and older and women who smoke heavily (15 or more cigarettes a day) are at an increased risk of experiencing certain serious side effects including:
Elevated potassium levels
Cardiovascular issues (blood clots, blockages, stroke, heart attack)
Yaz can be dangerous to a fetus and pregnant women should not use the medication. If you become pregnant while taking Yaz, immediately inform your doctor.
Yaz contains hormones that may pass from a mother’s breast milk to a baby through breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while taking Yaz.
Women who are allergic to drospirenone or Ethinyl estradiol should not take Yaz.
Speak with a medical professional to address any concerns before beginning Yaz.
What to Avoid When Taking the Drug:
Women are strongly cautioned against smoking while taking Yaz as smoking increases the risk of developing serious heart problems.