Yaz® Acute Pancreatitis Information

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Women using Yaz & Yasmin birth control have developed inflammation problems with their pancreas. Yaz pancreatitis side effects can lead to serious, life-threatening complications and even death.

BIRTH CONTROL BLOOD CLOT UPDATE: 4/25/11
Two new British Medical Journal (BMJ) studies have confirmed that Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and other new ‘fourth generation’ birth control medications significantly increase the risk of blood clots over those taking older birth control products. The results of the studies highlight the well known fact that the mix of hormones needed to prevent pregnancy also promote clotting factors.

What’s the problem?

In the human body, the pancreas has two important jobs to perform. First, it produced enzymes that are vital to the digestion of proteins and fats within your small intestines. The organ secretes these enzymes through the pancreatic duct, which leads to the duodenum. The pancreas’s second responsibility is to release insulin into your bloodstream.

If something blocks the passage of the digestive enzymes as they move toward the duodenum, the enzymes can activate while still contained within the pancreatic duct. If this happens, they will attack the organ. This leads to inflammation which manifests as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

Yaz & Yasmin birth control pills are thought to contribute to gallstones (which can block the passage of enzymes) in two ways: increased levels of cholesterol and less frequent contractions of the gallbladder. If the stones migrate from the gallbladder into the common bile duct, they can travel to the lower portion of the duct. This is where the common bile duct merges with the pancreatic bile duct before both empty into the duodenum through the Sphincter of Oddi. Yaz gallstones that become lodged within this area result in acute pancreatitis, also commonly known as gallstone pancreatitis.

If acute pancreatitis is not associated with gallstones, it can usually be treated with intravenous infusion of fluids and medications. However, Yaz gallbladder disease complicates matters. If inflammation or stones are present, your doctor will likely recommend gallbladder removal surgery.

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