One of our clients, Susan Galinis, suffered a stroke after taking Yaz, and she is not alone. There are now multiple lawsuits filed by women and their families who suffered strokes after taking the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.
Although we sometimes hear about strokes in the news, many people don’t know what a stroke really is. The vast majority of strokes are ischemic strokes, which occurs when the flow of blood to a part of the brain is interrupted or seriously reduced. This prevents oxygen and necessarily nutrients from getting to the brain causing brain cells to die, leading to a loss of brain function in the affected areas.
This disturbance in blood flow can be caused by obstruction of a blood vessel due to a blood clot. Medical studies have found that the hormone used in Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella known as drospirenone or drsp was associated with a substantially higher risk of venous thrombosis, a medical term for blood clots in the veins.
After having a stroke many women experience life altering side-effects such as loss of mobility and memory, as well as difficulty with speech and communication.