Birth Control: Nuvaring Causing Blood Clots
When one decides to take birth control, you never expect the worst to happen.
You discuss it with your doctor, you are briefly warned about the risks, get your prescription and come your next monthly cycle--you are on your way.
In a wide array of cases, my own included, the worst became a reality.
Newer generation birth control such as Nuvaring, is proving statements and allegations that life-threatening risks and side-effects associated with this form of birth control is very real and a rising problem.
Nuvaring is a flexible, transparent, combination contraceptive vaginal ring. It is placed into the vagina for 3 weeks and taken out for a period of 1 week to allow menstruation.
According to Wikipedia, there are over 730 cases against Nuvaring and trials are scheduled for 2012 and an estimated 40 deaths attributed to this drug. Referring from various class action lawsuits against Nuvaring, it is alleged that the ring releases a combination of hormones in far greater amounts than the company states.
Wikipedia states that, "NuvaRing contains the hormone etonogestrel, the active metabolite of the prodrug desogestrel. This makes the NuvaRing a third-generation contraceptive. Epidemiological studies have shown that oral contraceptives that contain desogestrel can increase the risk of blood clots (venous thrombosis) by 1.5 to 2.4 times the risk of second-generation oral contraceptives. Second-generation oral contraceptives do not contain desogestrel."
Nuvaring is also failing to adequately warn consumers of unreasonable and dangerous side effects, some of which are life threatening. They aren't conducting adequate pre-clinical testing and post-marketing studies to determine the safety and side effects of Nuvaring. Also failing to use ordinary care in designing, testing and manufacturing the product and failing to exercise due care when advertising and promoting.
My experience with Nuvaring was a painful, life-altering and almost fatal one. Being young, a non-smoker and in decent shape didn't put me into the risk category for blood clots, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and definitely not what my diagnosis turned out to be.
Bi-lateral pulmonary emboli.Continued on the next page