Gallbladder disease is one of the side effects reported by women who have taken the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella. The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver, which is supposed to store bile produced by the liver and aid in the digestion and absorption of food, particularly fats. Many women report having gallbladder problems after taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella and some women need to have their gallbladders removed. Two forms of gallbladder disease include:
Inflammation of the gallbladder which is caused when bile becomes trapped in the gallbladder. The buildup of bile causes irritation and pressure in the gallbladder. This can lead to bacterial infection and perforation of the organ
Hard, pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder. Gallstones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball.
When the symptoms of gallstones occur they are often called an “attack” because they occur suddenly. The typical gallstone attack includes:
- Steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and lasts from 30 minutes to several hours
- Pain in the back between the shoulder blades
- Pain under the right shoulder
- Nausea or vomiting
Women who have gallbladder disease often need surgery to remove the gallbladder, which is known as a cholecystectomy. Once the gallbladder is removed, bile flows directly from the liver into the small intestine, rather than being stored in the gallbladder.
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