Taking the popular birth-control pill Yasmin comes with many risks. Warnings and precautions do not seem to be enough to inform women of the potential dangers of taking Yasmin, therefore it is always recommended to have an honest talk with your doctor about possible risks, side effects, complications, drug interactions, and other concerns. Among the many side effects that Yasmin can further complicate is high blood pressure.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the arteries suffer from continuous elevated blood pressure. This, in turn, causes damages to the cardiovascular parts of the body, along with other negative effects on the health. Hypertension caused by a known condition or complication, such as from taking Yasmin, is called a secondary hypertension. Those that have unknown cause of hypertension is called essential, and this accounts to about 95% of hypertension cases.
The issue with Yasmin and high blood pressure has been known for some time now; doctors tend to recommend that their patients take other options other than Yasmin if they are hypertensive, smoking, or are over the age of 35. This issue comes up especially if the women are taking higher dosages of estrogen products, such as Yasmin. Initial investigations have yielded results that show women taking high doses of estrogen (like those in Yasmin tablets) have increased risks of cardiovascular complications (stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and heart attacks), although recent studies suggest that even lower doses of estrogen can also have adverse effects on the metabolism of lipids in the body, endangering the women’s health in the long run.
Women who have showed or experienced this Yasmin complication have two options: they can either continue taking the pills and wait to see if their blood pressure levels go down (having to buy a home blood pressure monitor is highly suggested), or they can switch to another birth control pill that has lower doses of estrogen. They can also stop taking birth control pills and choose to use alternative such as condoms, the calendar method, or abstaining from sex altogether.Read More