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Various types of birth control have been linked in studies and lawsuits to serious health complications, including blood clots and pseudotumors. Some class action birth control lawsuits have resulted in settlements with the plaintiffs. Other lawsuits are just getting underway.


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Birth Control

yasminbirthcontrolBirth control (sometimes called contraception) is a means of preventing pregnancy by stopping ovulation from occurring. Some birth control is also prescribed to treat other conditions, such as irregular menstruation, acne, endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Many medical forms of birth control involve hormonal ingredients, some of which are synthetic and may be linked to an increased risk of blood clots.

Among the types of hormonal birth control are pills, injections, rings implanted in the vagina, and intrauterine devices (IUDs).

Birth Control and Drospirenone

Drospirenone is a synthetic version of the progesterone (progestin) hormone used in combination with ethinyl estradiol in oral contraceptives. Contraceptive pills that carry drospirenone are known as newer generation contraceptives. Older oral contraceptives do not contain drospirenone.

In 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about drospirenone, noting that birth control pills that contained drospirenone "may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills." When it made the warning, the FDA noted that the studies it relied on did not account for patient characteristics that could affect the risk of blood clots.

Some studies have linked drospirenone to an increased risk of venous thromboembolism, deep vein thrombosis and gall bladder disease.

Oral contraceptives that contain drospirenone:

Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of newer generation birth control pills, alleging women were not properly warned about the increased risks associated with the contraceptives.

Intrauterine Birth Control

mirenaiudSome birth control, such as Mirena, is an intrauterine device (IUD) that is inserted directly into the uterus where it releases levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone that prevents pregnancy. Complications associated with Mirena reportedly include uterine perforation, device expulsion or dislocation, vaginal hemorrhage, or pelvic inflammatory disease.

Levonorgestrel, the synthetic hormone in Mirena, has been linked to an increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri (also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension) a condition involving high blood pressure in the skull. Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri include moderate to severe headaches, ringing in the ears, nausea, impaired vision, and pain in the neck or shoulder.

Ring Device

NuvaRing is a birth control device that is placed near the cervix and releases the synthetic hormones etongestrel and ethinyl estradiol. It has been linked to an increased risk of blood clot compared to older contraceptives.

Birth Control Lawsuits

Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of various contraceptives, alleging women were not adequately warned about the risks associated with the birth control. Some, such as class action lawsuits filed concerning Yasmin and Yaz, resulted in settlements. Others are working their way through the courts.

Drospirenone Lawsuit

Although there are still drospirenone lawsuits pending in court, in 2012, Bayer AG, maker of Yaz/Yasmin, announced settlements in approximately 650 lawsuits, for a total of $142 million. In 2013, Bayer announced it has settled close to 7,000 lawsuits for approximately $1.4 billion.

As of May 15, 2015, approximately 3,000 lawsuits concerning Yaz and Yasmin are still consolidated in MDL 2100. The lawsuits allege women were harmed by the use of Yaz or Yasmin and were not properly warned about the risk.

Mirena Lawsuit

As of May 15, 2015, approximately 1,200 Mirena lawsuits are consolidated for pretrial proceedings in MDL 2434. Lawsuits filed allege women were not properly warned about the risk of Mirena complications, including migration, perforation and abscesses.

NuvaRing Lawsuit

In 2014, Merck announced a $100 million settlement in NuvaRing lawsuits affecting around 3,800 claimants. As of May 15, 2015, approximately 1,700 NuvaRing lawsuits are still consolidated for pretrial proceedings in MDL 1964. The lawsuits allege women were not adequately warned about the potentially life-threatening risks associated with the use of NuvaRing.

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Court Rules in Favor of Essure Contraceptive Device Maker
Court Rules in Favor of Essure Contraceptive Device Maker
January 4, 2018
Jefferson City, MO:A St. Louis Circuit Judge in 2016 ruled that an Essure lawsuit filed by 92 women against Bayer could proceed in Missouri, but now that may not be the case. All the plaintiffs claimed they suffered injuries after having the permanent birth control device implanted, and they contended that Bayer is subject to jurisdiction in this state because it does business, generates revenue and conducts marketing for Essure in Missouri [READ MORE]

“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.”
“I want this Mirena IUD out, over and done with.”
December 30, 2017
Toronto, ON. Nickey followed her doctor’s orders, and the Mirena manufacturer’s orders: five years after the IUD was implanted, she made an appointment to have it removed. But it wasn’t that easy. Next month will be the fourth, and she hopes final, attempt to have all of the birth control device removed from her uterus [READ MORE]

“Physicians tell us they are working on how best to remove Essure,” says member of Essure Support Group
“Physicians tell us they are working on how best to remove Essure,” says member of Essure Support Group
December 5, 2017
Moline, IL: To give some idea of the damage Essure has done, Amanda’s support group—Essure Problems-- has grown from 250 women when she joined to over 35,000 members. “We have physicians visit our Facebook page, telling us they once implanted the device and are now trying to perfect their removal technique,” she says [READ MORE]


Posted by
Melissa Shea
I'm 22 years old, I was taking Drospirenone for approximately 1 year and I developed a blood clot in my left leg (Deep Vein Thrombosis). I am now on blood thinners for at least 3-6 months and now my viable options for birth control are diminished.

Posted by
Ida Carter
Im 35 and have soinal osteoarthritis due to depo

Posted by
Alena Nobilucci
My Granddaughter, 17 years old passed away June 29,2017.
We have not received official cause, however, was told that blood clots were in her lungs. She had a birth control implant in her arm, and recently was prescribed oral birth control as well.
She saw a pediatrician on June 28, 2017, at 4:30 pm. She had been complaining of trouble breathing and had a dry cough. The doctor said it was allergies, even though she didn't have any, prescribed generic Zertec (sp?), and sent her home. 24 hours later she passed away. We are still grieving. We laid her to rest on July 8, 2017.

Posted by
Robine Miller
Been on Depo for 15 years for awful bleeding and not taking it anymore. Going to eye doctor for constant headaches with buzzing in my head and awful pressure too. Yaz I only took two months did terrible things to me when I turned 50. Hopefully not taking Depo anymore my head will stop hurting and buzzing.

Posted by
Jenifer Dunn
Kidney failure due to Yaz resulting in kidney transplant


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