Unfortunately, gallbladder disease is a serious Yaz side effect reported by a number of women using the fourth-generation birth control pill. The hormones in Yaz can increase cholesterol levels in bile and decrease gallbladder movement, which can lead to gallstones that may become trapped in the bile ducts.
Yaz Gallbladder Disease Lawsuit Update 3/21/13: This week, Bayer Healthcare reportedly agreed to pay out as much as $24 million to settle gallbladder disease lawsuits involving its controversial Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. Specifically, the company agreed to settlement payments of $2,000 to women who suffered gallbladder injuries, and $3,000 for women’s injuries which were so severe that their gallbladders had to be removed.
What’s the problem?
The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver which stores and concentrates bile produced in the liver. Bile aids in the digestion of fats, and is released from the gallbladder into the upper small intestine in response to food. Conditions that slow or obstruct the flow of bile out of the organ result in gallbladder disease.
Women across the country have reported developing gallbladder problems while on Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. In many cases the damage to the organ has required gallbladder removal surgery. Gallbladder disease includes inflammation, infection, stones, and obstructions of the gallbladder.
Types of gallbladder disease include: Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) – a sudden inflammation of the gallbladder that causes severe abdominal pain. In 90% of cases, this is caused by gallstones in the gallbladder. Severe illness, alcohol abuse, and tumors of the gallbladder may also cause cholecystitis.
Cholelithiasis (gallstones) – Causes bile to become trapped in the gallbladder. The buildup of bile causes pressure and irritation in the gallbladder. Although this condition may clear up on its own, surgery to remove the gallbladder is usually needed when the inflammation continues or recurs.
Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease
Symptoms of gallbladder disease include (but are not limited to):
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain under the breastbone
- Chills & shaking