NuvaRing® Birth Control: Side Effects and Safety

NuvaRing® Birth Control: Side Effects and Safety

Manufactured by Merck, Inc., NuvaRing® was approved by the FDA on October 3, 2001, and began distribution in 2002. In marketing NuvaRing®, Merck, Inc. represented that NuvaRing® was the first and only once-a-month vaginal birth control ring, but with the same effectiveness as daily birth control pills.

However, it appears that the manufacturers of NuvaRing® may have inadequately tested NuvaRing® and failed to discover increased safety risks and other side effects associated with its use. A recent study sponsored by the FDA in 2011 specifically addresses NuvaRing® side effects and finds that its users are at an increased risk of suffering a blood clot when compared to users of second generation low estrogen oral contraceptives.

The findings in FDA’s study of an increased risk of VTEs for NuvaRing® users has been confirmed in a new article published in the British Medical Journal, which found a doubling of the rate of serious blood clots among women using NuvaRing® compared to second generation oral contraceptives.

Burg Simpson anticipates that further studies will begin to emerge regarding the increased risks of NuvaRing® and etonogestrel.

Injuries and Side Effects Associated With NuvaRing®

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT; blood clot in a deep vein)
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE; blood clot in the lung)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

What is NuvaRing®?

NuvaRing® is a combination contraceptive vaginal ring that contains two active ingredients: etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol. Etonogestrel is the active metabolite of desogestrel, which is classified as a third generation progestin. Studies concerning oral contraceptives that contain desogestrel and other third generation progestins report an increased risk of venous thromboembolism compared to second-generation products. In its product label, however, the manufacturer of NuvaRing® states that it is unknown whether NuvaRing® increases the risk of venous thromboembolism.

National Leaders in Contraceptive Litigation

Burg Simpson has a national reputation as a being a leader for plaintiffs and victims in personal injury litigation against large pharmaceutical companies.

If you or a loved one has used NuvaRing® and suffered from any of the NuvaRing® side effects or injuries listed above, please contact us today for a free consultation.

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