Email Scam Attacks Birth Control Pill

The birth control pill Yasmin hit the shelves in 2001 and controversy has followed it since.

The latest e-mail scam on the Internet claims Yasmin has serious side effects including pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks and strokes.  But one local doctor says this e-mail is a scam.

"In the last two years, we have had two very large studies with 20 thousand women, each who took Yaz or Yasmin. And both of those studies clearly showed that the risks for blood clots and other complications associated with the birth control pill were no greater with Yasmin or Yaz than with any other pill we have on the market," said Dr. Robert Kauffman from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University in Amarillo.

Blood clots are the highest risk associated with using any form of contraceptive. But some people could be at higher risk than others.

"It's important to note that if you are obese, that is the same risk of having a blood clot or a stroke as someone who takes the birth control pill," Kauffman said. "So somebody who is obese may want to consider twice before taking birth control pills and consider some other form of contraception that is equally effective."

If you are concerned about having a blood clot, there are several warning signs you can look for. Abdominal pain, chest pain and localized leg pain are some indicators of a blood clot. Also, if you have severe headaches or eye problems, visit your doctor immediately.