Nuvaring was introduced in 2001 as a safe alternative to the oral birth control contraceptives. Rising to fame due to be marketed as the perfect solution for active women, Nuvaring claimed to be 99% effective with the added benefit of not having to be consumed on a regular basis like oral contraceptives. It is estimated that over one million women have used the Nuvaring since its inception.
What is Nuvaring?
Nuvaring is a small flexible band that is about two-inches in diameter. It is inserted into the vagina and left in place for exactly three weeks.
While inserted in the vagina, the band released two specialized hormones, progestin and estrogen. These are the same hormones that are release when using oral contraception. The combination of these hormones work, to trick the body into not allowing the ovaries to produce eggs for fertilization.
At the end of the three week period, the ring is removed and the menstrual cycle begins within a few days. Nuvaring is then reinserted in exactly one week.
Side Effects of Nuvaring
There are several side effects associated with use of the Nuvaring. These include:
– Vaginal irritations and infections
– Weight gain
– Vaginal secretion
– Blood clots
– Heart attack
The Problem With Nuvaring
When Nuvaring was introduced to the market, it was believed that it maintained a similar risk for blood clots that oral contraception did. However, recent studies have proven this to be inaccurate. Studies reported by the FDA, the New England Journal for Medicine, and the British Medical Journal, have all revealed that women using Nuvaring are at a 90 percent great risk of having a blood clot than women who use oral birth control pills.
Lawsuit Against Nuvaring
Since many women were using Nuvaring, many had to deal with blood clots. Currently, there is a lawsuit pending in the court system that includes 1,419 women (to date), who claim to have been greatly affected by the Nuvaring side effects.
The lawsuit claims that Merck, the makers of Nuvaring, withheld information about the potential risk involved in using their product, while downplaying the apparent risks associated with Nuvaring’s use. Merck denies any wrongdoing. A trial date for Nuvaring has been set for January 27, 2014.
If you or anyone that you know experienced a blood clot, stroke, or heart attack after the use of the Nuvaring, it is not too late to become part of this lawsuit. They are still accepting plaintiffs in this case.
If you are currently using the Nuvaring or are considering starting it, you should talk to your doctor about the adverse health risks associated with its use.
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