NuvaRing is a birth control device that releases the hormones estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation. Unfortunately, research has linked it to a variety of potentially deadly side effects, including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Even the NuvaRing manufacturer lists such side effects as stroke and heart attack on the product’s website.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered health problems after using the NuvaRing birth control device, call Techmeier Law Firm at (888) 974-0628 today or complete our online form to speak to an experienced attorney about your case.
Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience in Wisconsin’s state and federal courts. We can get to work immediately and put our skills, experience and resources to work for you.
What is the Problem with NuvaRing?
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol/ etonogestrel) is a flexible, transparent plastic ring that is inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. For three weeks, NuvaRing releases a continuous low dose of the hormones estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation from occurring. The device is removed to allow menstruation. A new device is inserted afterward.
The FDA approved NuvaRing for contraceptive use in 2001. It is manufactured by Organon, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. The manufacturer has promoted NuvaRing heavily, especially to young women.
On its website, Merck / Organon says there are several risks associated with NuvaRing use, including:
- Blood clots (thrombi)
- Strokes and heart attacks
- High blood pressure and heart disease
- Cancer of the reproductive organs and breasts
- Gallbladder disease
- Liver tumors
- Lipid metabolism and inflammation of the pancreas.
Through August 2012, there were 4,974 reports to the FDA of a serious adverse event in which NuvaRing was identified as the primary suspect drug causing that event, according to Adverse Events Inc., which tracks drug safety and outcome information on all FDA-approved medications.
The top three adverse events were:
- Deep vein thrombosis – Blood clots that form deep in your legs
- Pulmonary embolism – Sudden blockage of a vessel carrying blood to the lungs
- Metrorrhagia – Uterine bleeding that occurs at irregular intervals or is prolonged.
A Danish study published online by the British Medical Journal in May 2012 said vaginal ring contraceptives have a “90 percent higher risk of venous thrombosis” than certain other combined oral contraceptives.
The NuvaRing website says, “The risk of getting blood clots may be greater with the type of progestin in NuvaRing than with some other progestins in certain low-dose birth control pills.”
Do You Believe You Have Been Injured by NuvaRing?
A product liability lawsuit filed on behalf of someone hurt after using NuvaRing may allege that the defendant failed to adequately warn women and their doctors that NuvaRing poses a risk of blood clots and other serious side effects that is higher than the risk posed by other birth control products.
These legal claims would seek compensation to defray costs of medical expenses and lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering. They might also seek punitive damages for severe neglect or recklessness on the part of the NuvaRing manufacturer and/or other defendants.
Contact a Wisconsin NuvaRing Injury Lawyer Today
If you believe you have suffered a severe adverse reaction after using the NuvaRing birth control device, or you are a family member of an injured or deceased NuvaRing user, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Learn more about your rights and options by contacting Techmeier Law Firm at (888) 974-0628 or through our online form. We can provide a free and confidential consultation.
- Drug Report: NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol; etonogestrel), AdverseEvents.com
- Venous thrombosis in users of non-oral hormonal contraception: follow-up study, Denmark 2001-10, British Medical Journal
- Important Safety Information, NuvaRing.com