NuvaRing, manufactured by Organon USA, Inc., is the trade name for a vaginal ring that is used for birth control. NuvaRing was the first contraceptive vaginal ring approved by the FDA.
Since its approval in 2001, NuvaRing has been linked to serious side effects, including blood clots, stroke and heart attacks. Despite the increased risk posed by this product, NuvaRing has not been recalled or removed from pharmacy shelves.
WHAT IS NUVARING?
NuvaRing is a transparent, flexible plastic ring that slowly releases a combination of ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and etonogestrel (progestin) into a woman’s bloodstream. When a woman uses this form of contraception, she inserts the ring vaginally for three weeks and then removes it for a week, which allows for menstruation. A new ring is then inserted and the cycle is repeated.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF USING NUVARING?
NuvaRing users are at a higher risk for adverse side effects such as blood clots, stroke or heart attacks. There are other factors that can further increase a woman’s risk for these life-threatening conditions, including:
- Smoking cigarettes and being older than 35.
- Having a relatively sedentary lifestyle.
- Having a history of heart disease or high blood pressure.
WHAT SHOULD I WATCH FOR IF I USE NUVARING?
If you are using NuvaRing and you experience any of the following symptoms, discontinue use and consult a doctor immediately:
- Difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of the hands, face, tongue or throat (possible allergic reaction)
- Sharp chest pain, coughing blood, or sudden shortness of breath (possible clot in the lung)
- Pain in the calf (back of lower leg; possible clot in the leg)
- Crushing chest pain or heaviness in the chest (possible heart attack)
- Sudden severe headache or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, problems with vision or speech, weakness, or numbness in an arm or leg (possible stroke)
- Sudden partial or complete loss of vision (possible clot in the eye)
- Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice), especially with fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark colored urine, or light colored bowel movements (possible liver problems)
- Severe pain, swelling, or tenderness in the abdomen (gallbladder or liver problems)
- Sudden fever (usually 102°F or more), vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, or a sunburn-like rash on the face or body (very rarely, toxic shock syndrome)
- Breast lumps (possible breast cancer or benign breast disease)
- Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting that happens in more than one menstrual cycle or lasts for more than a few days
- Swelling (edema) of your fingers or ankles
- Difficulty in sleeping, weakness, lack of energy, fatigue, or a change in mood (possible severe depression)
If you have experienced serious side effects or lost a loved one due to NuvaRing, you may be entitled to money damages via a defective medical device claim. You only have a limited time to file a claim, so you must act quickly.
The complex litigation law firm of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault believes manufacturers should be held accountable when their products cause serious personal injury to innocent consumers. That’s why we are investigating allegations of harm from NuvaRing. For a free case evaluation, contact the injury attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault. Call 800.256.1050 today.