The popular NuvaRing contraceptive device was marketed as a safer, more convenient alternative to oral birth control, resulting in use by millions of women. Unfortunately, experts now warn that these vaginal ring implants may be linked to serious health risks.
Vaginal ring contraceptives often contain lower doses of hormones. However, the chemicals are released directly and constantly into the bloodstream, which can result in higher overall doses and significant NuvaRing side effects.
Merck, the maker of NuvaRing, lists several common dangerous side effects for the device such as vaginitis, headaches, upper respiratory infection, sinusitis, nausea, vaginal discharge and weight gain.
Recent studies have discovered additional, more severe NuvaRing side effects including:
So far, the FDA has received over 1,000 reports of women suffering blood clot injuries after using NuvaRing. Due to the serious nature of these side effects and the number of lawsuits filed by victims, a special federal multi-district litigation court has been established in Missouri to handle the claims.
If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot, pulmonary embolism, DVT or stroke after using NuvaRing, it is important to learn about your legal options for compensation. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
In October of 2011, the FDA released a study which showed vaginal ring contraceptives could increase the risk of NuvaRing side effects like blood clots, DVT and pulmonary embolism by as much as 56% over traditional low-dose estrogen birth control pills.
The British Medical Journal then published a study from Denmark in May of 2012 which discovered that vaginal rings like NuvaRing can increase the risk of blood clots by as much as 90% over oral contraceptives.
Most recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published research on June 14, 2012 linking NuvaRing side effects to a 2.5 to 3-fold increased risk of blood clots.
Experts claim that recently unsealed court documents show Merck may have known of these severe blood clot side effect risks years ago, but failed to properly warn patients. Although thousands of women have filed lawsuits already, lawyers are still helping those who just discovered they may have suffered side effects from NuvaRing.
The federal MDL process involved in defective drug litigation such as this can be complex and highly specialized. Before you choose a lawyer, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies. The Drug Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in NuvaRing lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the side effects, research and litigation related to NuvaRing, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.
Authored by Chris Schroeder