"My Birth Control Pill Almost Killed Me"

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I suffered a pulmonary embolism from taking the Yaz birth control pill.

The realm of oral contraceptives is getting a bit messy these days. Some of you may remember my issues with the birth control pill, Yaz. After surviving a pulmonary embolism, I can now consider myself relatively healthy although doctors are not sure if I will have more complications in the future. Even though I've been off my medication for two and a half years, I am still dealing with what happened every day. There are still things I have to avoid like soy products, it makes me paranoid to be around people that smoke, and any time I have pains in my chest I freak out. The mental and emotional aspects of what happened are still very much a part of my life. It's been almost three years since I was in the hospital for my birth control, and it seems that just now the FDA is taking it seriously.

I came across this article while researching my injury in 2009 that says Bayer was forced to spend more than $20 million in corrective advertising after they falsely advertised Yaz. The FDA complained that their "two television ads overstated the drug's benefits while understating its risks." After a lot of careful thought, I ended up filing a complaint last year along with thousands of other women and the first trials are happening next month. The trials are broken down by injury, and pulmonary embolisms are first on the list. I'm a mix between nervous and excited about the whole thing, especially since it's been so long. I didn't know when this first happened that facing Bayer would even be an option, but I'm glad that I went through with it. In addition to this lawsuit, Bayer is now facing the FDA on claims that they withheld important information regarding the increased risk of blood clots in Yasmin and Yaz.

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