Now that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced its intention to include birth control pills to the list of free medications provided by health insurance companies, the numbers of women who will begin taking Yaz and Yasmin may increase significantly.

According to a recent HHS announcement, health insurance companies are going to have to offer free birth control by August 2012. This may be just the encouragement that some women needed to finally start asking their doctors for Yaz or Yasmin by name. There is no doubt that Yaz is still one of the most popular birth control pills on the market today regardless of the deadly side effects linked to the pill.

While free access to birth control might sound like a great idea to women, it can also have lasting and even fatal consequences. Women may be more inclined to take Yaz and other oral contraceptives that contain drosperinone as a result of this new legislation, but these pills have been proven to cause heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms and gallbladder disease. Those risks may be ignored by women who wish to use Yaz for its other advertised benefits, which had been aggressively marketed in the past.

Bayer, the makers of Yaz and Yasmin, has previously marketed Yaz as a cure for moderate acne and severe PMS as well as a birth control method. Many women may recall those ads, which have been altered since their first incarnations to include the drug’s risks. The biggest problem with this is that some of these women may not realize just how dangerous the pills are. Even though the FDA has forced Bayer to change the ads that downplay the risks associated with Yaz, women may not realize this and take the drug anyway. That could end up being a tragedy for them in the long run and doctors should warn women before prescribing it.