In recent years, many people have looked for alternatives to the traditional birth control pill - and many people believed that they found them with NuvaRing (etonogestrel / ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring). This was a combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) manufactured by Merck and originally approved in The Netherlands in 2001. It quickly became popular and spread throughout Europe before coming to the states later in the year, gaining FDA approval and making it to the market in the following year. It is currently available in 32 countries and is utilized regularly by over a million women internationally.
Side Effects and Risks of NuvaRing
While there have been numerous benefits that the birth control has been lauded with, the truth is that there has been serious side effects tied to the CHC. The British Medical Journal has released a study regarding the side effects of
NuvaRing - tying it to the increased risk of serious
blood clots, including
deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and
pulmonary embolism (PE) as compared to traditional birth control pills.
The study followed over a million Danish women who were aged between 15 and 49. The findings were frightening and included over three thousand women being diagnosed with venous thrombosis. It was concluded that women who utilized NuvaRing were six times more at risk for blood clots as opposed to women who did not utilize any form of hormonal birth control. When compared to women who utilize birth control pills, the risk was reduced to three times higher.
While venous thromboembolic events such as blood clots are dangerous on their own, they can also cause other serious conditions - such as heart attacks and strokes. Should the blood clot progress to pulmonary embolism it can even be fatal. For this reason, women who are utilizing NuvaRing should immediately discuss their condition with their physician. If you believe that you have suffered a side effect related from the use of this contraceptive, then you should not hesitate to get the involvement of our firm. You can also find helpful information about NuvaRing on our "What You Need to Know" page, which discusses FDA warnings and studies.
Suffering from the use of NuvaRing?
At Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP, we are here to protect the rights of those victimized by the use of NuvaRing. We are a nationally recognized firm with offices throughout NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Illinois. With vast resources and deep experience in trial and appellate courts, we have the ability to truly help clients fight for the compensation that they deserve. In fact, our firm has received an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® - something that speaks of not only our legal ability, but also our commitment to clients and our high ethical standards.
Beyond this, our senior partners, Paul J. Napoli, Marc J. Bern, Alan S. Ripka and Hunter J. Shkolnik, have all been named as New York Super Lawyers®. We have also been included in the
Top 100 Trial Lawyers of New York, as well as the
Top 500 Plaintiff's Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon. Should you work with us, you can trust you will have an attorney on your side who is fully invested in your case, dedicated to rights and committed to helping you achieve results.
Do not hesitate to contact a NuvaRing attorney
from our firm to learn more about how we can help you.