Yasmin Birth Control Pill Lawsuits – Manhattan, New York

Hold Liable Parties Accountable

Yasmin is the brand name for a birth control pill that is generically known as drospirenone. It is also a treatment for moderate acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women. Yasmin is produced by Berlex Laboratories, Inc.(this name changed to Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in 2008) as an oral contraceptive. Yasmin works to prevent pregnancy by changing the lining in a woman’s cervix making it difficult for sperm to reach an egg and in the uterus making it hard for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterine wall. Yasmin is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and has brought Bayer Healthcare $487 million in sales in the US alone with $1.5 billion worldwide. However, it has also been reportedly causing some serious side effects since the FDA approved its use in May 2001. Bayer Healthcare also manufactures Yaz birth control pills.

The main difference between Yaz and Yasmin is in the level of estrogen contained in each pill compared to the level of progestins, specifically desogestrel. Yasmin contains a higher dose of ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) at 30 mcg, while Yaz has only 20 mcg of estrogen. The dosing schedule is different for Yaz as well. Patients are told to take pills with the active ingredient for 24 days and then take the placebo pills for only 4 days. Most contraceptive pills including Yasmin are on a schedule of taking the pill for 21 days and then 7 days of taking the inactive pill. However, this dosing schedule does not appear to relate to the side effects associated with Yaz.

Studies have shown that Yasmin is more dangerous than its predecessor contraceptives containing progestins that are used to prevent pregnancy. Yasmin increases potassium levels to dangerously high levels, which can create some serious problems with regard to normal heart rhythms and other body functions related to salt and water balance. It also slows down blood flow which contributes to the forming of blood clots. When these blood clots travel to the lungs or the brain, they become serious strokes or pulmonary embolisms. Other side effects include breast lumps, depression or mood changes, heart attack, high blood pressure, kidney and/or liver damage, migraines, vaginal bleeding and severe allergic reactions including swelling, hives and difficulties in breathing.

If you are taking Yasmin and you experience abdominal pain, localized skin swelling or pain, feelings of despair, chest pain, confusion, lightheadedness, breathing difficulties, numbness in the extremities or on one side of your body or any vision problems, seek emergency medical care immediately. This may be a life threatening situation. In addition, if you or someone you care about has been injured from the use of Yasmin, please consult with one of the attorneys at Proner & Proner by filling out the contact form on the home page of this website. You may be entitled to compensation.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.