Along with other combination contraceptives, the vaginal ring NuvaRing has been linked to a wide range of serious side effects and complications, including strokes. In fact, multiple lawsuits have been filed against the creator, manufacturer, and distributor of the NuvaRing in response to strokes suffered by women using the contraceptive. In 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration published the results of a study that suggested that the class of birth control to which the Nuva Ring belongs raised the risk of developing blood clots, which can lead to strokes by around 56% in comparison with older types of contraceptives. In February of 2012, a NuvaRing case was filed in which the plaintiff claimed that she suffered from a stroke due to her use of the product.
What is the NuvaRing?
The NuvaRing is a plastic ring inserted vaginally that is used for the prevention of pregnancy. Women insert the NuvaRing for 3 weeks of their cycle and then follow this with a “gap week” in which the Nuva Ring is removed. As a combination contraceptive, the ring uses two female hormones (estradiol and etonogestrel) in order to avert ovulation and also make it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Unfortunately use of the NuvaRing has been linked to an increased risk of strokes, as well as many other serious adverse events.
The NuvaRing and Strokes
Hormonal contraceptives, including the NuvaRing, are believed to cause changes in the way that blood clots. Specifically, the NuvaRing seems to make blood clot more easily. When blood clots form too easily, this can result in arterial thrombotic problems including heart attacks as well as strokes. In addition to strokes, studies of the NuvaRing also suggest that its use could increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death.
Speak With an Attorney: File a NuvaRing Lawsuit
Have you or a loved one experienced a stroke or other serious side effect as the result of the NuvaRing vaginal ring contraceptive? If so, you should contact The Willis Law Firm today for a confidential NuvaRing Lawsuit evaluation free of any cost or further commitment. Currently, our firm is reviewing NuvaRing Stroke cases nationwide. You may be legally entitled to monetary compensation for the suffering you have incurred. All NuvaRing clients are represented on a fee contingent basis, so you will not be responsible for any legal fees unless we recover for you.