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Convenient, Easy, and Potentially Deadly: Three Birth Control Pills to Avoid

Birth control is easier and more effective than ever. Fourth generation birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin are very effective and may reduce the symptoms of PMS, and even clear up your skin. But, if taking a pill every day doesn’t work for your lifestyle, there are other options. You can choose the NuvaRing, a plastic ring that is inserted into the vagina once a month. Or you can opt for the Mirena IUD and forget about birth control completely for up to five years.

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These new forms of birth control are convenient and effective, but they are also associated with dangerous side effects.

Yaz and Yasmin

Yaz and Yasmin—and other oral contraceptives that contain a combination of estrogen and the synthetic hormone drospirenone—are known as fourth generation birth control pills. These pills were introduced in 2001 as a safer alternative to earlier birth control pills. The new pills were very popular. In 2008, Bayer earned more than $600 million from the sale of Yaz.

However, as more women began taking the pills, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started receiving increasing numbers of reports of adverse side-effects. In 2012, the FDA issued a safety alert letting doctors and patients know that pills containing drospirenone can increase the risk of blood clots 74 percent compared to older birth control pills. Yaz is also associated with stroke, heart attack, gall bladder disease, and high cholesterol.

More than 10,000 women have filed lawsuits against Bayer, the maker of Yaz.


NuvaRing is a flexible, plastic ring that is inserted to the vagina, where it releases a combination of the hormones progestin and estrogen. After three weeks, the NuvaRing is removed. A week later, a new NuvaRing is inserted.

Clinical studies have shown that the risk of blood clots is 2.4 times for women using NuvaRing than for women using oral birth control pills. Thousands of women have filed lawsuits for NuvaRing injuries including blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, stroke and pulmonary embolisms. The first of these lawsuits will go to court this fall.


Mirena is an intra-uterine device (IUD). It is inserted by a doctor and can be left in place for up to five years. Mirena releases a low dose of hormones that produce few side effects; however, the FDA has received almost 50,000 reports of Mirena injuries. Most of these injuries occurred when the device became dislodged or migrated in the body, causing serious organ damage

If you have suffered serious side effects while using Yaz, Yasmin, NuvaRing, or the Mirena IUD, you deserve justice. Contact an experienced drug injury lawyer to learn if you can take part in an Iowa based class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of your birth control. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham