There are numerous options for women seeking birth control, and one of the more popular ones in recent years has been the Nuva Ring. Since it allows women to avoid having to remember to take their pill each day, the Nuva Ring quickly gained popularity. However, recent studies and reports are suggesting that there are very serious risks associated with the use of the device, including an increased risk of clots or strokes. Women who have suffered medical problems as a result of using the Nuva Ring could have the legal right to seek financial compensation against the maker of the device, Merck.
While it is used by millions of women and continues to be marketed to them, recent studies and reports have begun to suggest that the Nuva Ring isn't as safe as once thought. In fact, over one thousand reports have been filed with the FDA concerning injury and death linked to use of the device. Major symptoms and side effects include:
In the last few years since these reports began to appear, numerous studies have looked into the problem. One study from the Netherlands stated that the hormones within the Nuva Ring increase the risk of blood clots by 7.3 times. Reports in the British Medical Journal and the New England Journal of Medicine included research data suggesting the increased risk of clots is around 650% compared to nonuse. The FDA has reported that the Nuva Ring can increase the risk by 56% compared to birth control pills. The reason is that unlike pills, the hormones are absorbed constantly into the bloodstream, which causes much higher levels of the hormones to spread throughout the body.
Blood clots and the different conditions that they can trigger are among the most serious in the medical world. Death can occur, along with other lifelong complications. The manufacturer of Nuva Ring, Merck, failed to adequately test for the dangers of blood clots or to warn patients using the Nuva Ring of the risks associated with its use. This means that Merck can be held liable for the damages caused by the use of this contraceptive device. If you or someone you know has been injured by a clot, stroke, pulmonary embolism, or other similar condition after using the Nuva Ring, you owe it to yourself to contact an attorney as soon as you can to find out more about your rights.
The Nuva Ring is intended to serve as an alternative to birth control pills or other contraceptive options. It is used only once per month and provides constant birth control during that period. Its simplicity and lack of daily dosing made it immensely popular among those taking the drug and was widely prescribed to women looking for a better birth control option. It works by releasing hormones that prevent the body from producing mature eggs. The method of action is basically the same as with the pill, and is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. The difference lies in the way it is used – the Nuva Ring is inserted into the vagina while the pill is taken orally.