Yaz – Yasmin – Ocella and Stroke

Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella have been linked to the risk of blood clots which can cause strokes. Experts believe Yaz and Yasmin have a prothombotic effect due to the progestin drospirenone or drsp. Drsp is a potassium-sparing diuretic which can cause an increase in potassium. Unsafe levels of potassium in the blood, also known as hyperkalemia, can disrupt heart rhythms and slow the flow of blood. This can lead to blood clotting.

A blood clot in a blood vessel is thrombus. If the thrombus causes a thromboembolism. The clot may plug a vessel in the lungs (Pulmonary embolism), brain (stroke), gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, or leg.