Some Reasons To Be Wary of New Birth Control Methods
Could NuvaRing be lethal?
Vanity Fair recently published a scary piece called "Why Is Potentially Lethal Contraceptive NuvaRing Still on the Market?" that tells the story of 24-year-old Erika Langhart, who suddenly died on Thanksgiving 2011 after suffering multiple heart attacks. It appears that she died from a pulmonary embolism, a condition that her doctor said was directly linked to NuvaRing.
NuvaRing is a two-inch ring that's inserted vaginally, quite conveniently, once a month to continuously release hormones to prevent pregnancy. The magazine reports that many users are suffering blood clots or embolisms while using the popular contraception.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, there's a 56 percent increased risk of blood clots for NuvaRing users. Merk & Co. -- the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the birth control -- currently faces roughly 3,500 lawsuits
Despite the health problems and lawsuits, the product is still on the market and has made about $623 million in sales in 2012 alone. Even though the risks are mentioned in the summary presented to the FDA, it's hidden in “thousands of pages of back up.”
So should women be scared?
Many women have used NuvaRing successfully for contraception or for whatever reason. Simply, all hormonal contraceptives have a slight increased risk of blood clots. NuvaRing states on their website that the product also has potential side effects of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and more.
However, newer birth control appear to be riskier
As CBS News reported, the FDA suggests newer birth control pills have potential dangerous side effects, including Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Safyral, Syeda, Yasmin, Yaz, and Zarah.
The FDA reviewed medical histories of more than 800,000 women taking different birth control pills between 2001 and 2007 and found that Yaz users had a 75 percent greater chance of experiencing a blood clot than women taking older birth control drugs.
What you should do
"I think women really need to talk with their doctors before they start a birth control pill, and doctors should try to choose ones that have lower risks," Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told WebMD. "I wouldn't start with these riskier oral contraceptives as first-line, first-start pills."
Do you have any birth control pill horror stories?