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I know that traditional birth control pills can increase a woman’s risk of heart attack and stroke. Is the NuvaRing safer?

Many women are aware of the potential dangers of birth control pills. Oral contraceptives are associated with an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke—even in young women. These women like the convenience and effectiveness of the pill, but they want a safer alternative. Some choose hormonal contraceptive devices like NuvaRing because they believe that the steady, low dose of hormones is less risky. But recent research shows that NuvaRing may be even more dangerous than many birth control pills.

Studies show that women who use NuvaRing have a 50 to 90 percent greater risk of blood clots than women who use birth control pills. NuvaRing has also been linked to pancreatitis, gall bladder disease, and liver tumors.

Possible NuvaRing Side Effects

  • Toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Thrombophlebitis (painful swelling of a vein)
  • Deep vein embolisms (DVE)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Retinal thrombosis (a blood clot in the eye)
  • Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung)
  • Stroke (a blood clot or broken blood vessel in the brain)
  • Heart attack
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Liver tumors
  • Death

NuvaRing was approved for use in 2001. Since then, the FDA has received more than 5,000 reports of adverse effects in NuvaRing users. NuvaRing has been associated with more than 40 deaths.

If you have suffered a blood clot while using NuvaRing, we encouraged you to discuss your condition with our pharmaceutical injury attorneys. You may qualify to take part in a NuvaRing injury lawsuit. Contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham