When NuvaRing was first released in 2001, Merck, the manufacturer, marketed their new vaginal ring contraceptive as a safe and more convenient form of birth control. This flexible ring once inserted into the vagina will release hormones to prevent pregnancy. Instead of having to remember to take a daily pill, NuvaRing remains in place for three weeks before removal.
NuvaRing Health Risks
Unfortunately, this convenience may also bring serious health risks. Many studies have been done after women began reporting serious injury after using this birth control ring such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism and strokes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a study in October 2011 which showed that vaginal ring contraceptives such as NuvaRing could increase the risk of serious blood clots by up to 56 percent when compared to low-dose birth control pills. The New England Journal of Medicine as well as the British Medical Journal recently published a Denmark study’s findings that vaginal rings may have a 90 percent higher risk of blood clots than oral contraceptives.
Lawsuit Settlements for victims of NuvaRing
Because of these studies and the thousands of women injured after using NuvaRing, many are now turning to the legal field for help in filing a lawsuit. You may also be eligible for a NuvaRing lawsuit settlement if you have used this product and suffered from a serious blood clot such as DVT or pulmonary embolism or had a stroke. Our legal team has experience assisting victims of pharmaceutical companies reach substantial compensation. To find out more and to see if you might have a claim, call our Free Help Line: 1-888-770-4343 or fill out the form on this page. You will receive a free consultation and find out immediately if you are eligible for the NuvaRing lawsuit settlements.
NuvaRing is prescribed by medical professionals as a non-pill form of birth control. Approved by the FDA in 2001, this vaginal birth control ring is an easier alternative to taking a pill at the same time every day. Once inserted into the vagina, the ring works by dispensing hormones directly into the bloodstream for three weeks and then is removed for one week. This ease of use is appreciated by many women. Unfortunately, with this convenience comes a possible higher risk of severe side effects, particularly blood clots.
There are a number of lawsuits already pending against Merck, the manufacturer of NuvaRing for not adequately stressing the potential higher risk of injury with their product. The lawsuits allege that the women and their doctors were not properly warned and as a result, suffered serious injuries and even death.
While all birth control containing estrogen can cause side effects such as blood clots, third and fourth generation contraceptives such as NuvaRing, Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella have a higher risk of injury than older hormonal options based on a 2009 study by the British Medical Journal.
Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published data from a study which showed that using the vaginal ring could double and even triple the risk of blood clots.
Do You Have a Valid Legal Claim?
You might want to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, Merck if you or a loved one, suffered serious medical issues after using the birth control, NuvaRing. To learn more about your legal options, call our Free Help Line: 1-888-770-4343 now or fill out the easy form on this page.
Our attorneys have experience handling the complex legal issues involved with product liablilty litigation. You do have rights if injured as a result of a defective product. Let our legal team help you with your claim for compensation.
NuvaRing is a flexible ring about 2 inches wide that is inserted into the vagina. It contains two hormones, estrogen and progestin, the same hormones used in birth control pills. Once placed, the ring releases a continuous low dose of the hormones which work to prevent the ovaries from producing mature eggs.
The ring is left in place for three weeks. At the end of the third week, the ring is removed and left out for one week. The menstrual period starts usually two to three days later. After the one week break, a new ring is inserted in the vagina and the cycle begins again. It is important to put the new ring in on the same day of the week as the day it was last removed.
NuvaRing Side Effects
NuvaRing is only available by prescription from a medical provider. Because the ring contains the hormone, estrogen, there is a risk of high blood pressure, blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. These risks are higher among women that smoke. The ring may also increase the chance of liver tumors, breast and liver cancer.
Other side effects associated with this method of birth control include:
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal discharge
- Breakthrough bleeding and spotting
- Weight gain or loss
- Stomach cramps or bloating
- Facial hair growth
- Loss of hair on scalp
- Changes in sexual desire