The NuvaRing is a small, flexible ring a woman inserts into her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. It is left in place for three weeks and taken out for the remaining week each month. The NuvaRing releases hormones— the same hormones as in the birth control pill — estrogen and progestin. These hormones at higher-than-normal levels have proven to be extremely effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies.
The NuvaRing is a birth control product prescribed for the prevention of pregnancy.
Long-term exposure to high levels of estrogen and progestin have shown a tendency to lead to blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, which are blockages of the pulmonary artery.
Serious side effects to be aware of include difficulty breathing or chest pain, coughing blood, severe headaches, severe abdominal pains, breast lumps, persistent fatigue, pain in the arms and/or legs and several others.
There are also less-serious side effects, including vomiting, rashes, cramps and depression.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have suffered damages from taking NuvaRing?
Possibly. While all medications have certain, anticipated side effects, a drug manufacturer has a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the known risks associated with its drugs. If a manufacturer fails to do so, it can be held responsible to patients who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems while taking NuvaRing, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced NuvaRing lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.