So far, the number of lawsuits filed against Merck, maker of NuvaRing is nowhere near that of other contraceptives, such as Yasmin or Yaz. As of December 2011, approximately 1,000 lawsuits had been filed, possibly a sign that fewer women use the NuvaRing than other contraceptives.
The reason side effects are similar among the various methods of birth control is that the contraceptives in question use synthetic hormones such as estrogen and progestin, which are linked to an increased risk of blood clots. If too much estrogen or progestin is released in the system, the patient has an increased risk of blood clots, which can lead to venous thromboembolism, strokes and, in some cases, death.
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Women who suffered a stroke, deep vein thrombosis or other blood clots may not have realized that their health problems could be related to their use of the NuvaRing contraceptive. Because there has been no NuvaRing recall, there is no firm date from which the statute of limitations starts running. What this means is that women who suffered a health problem after using NuvaRing, even if it was more than two years ago, may still be able to file a lawsuit if they can show they did not know that the birth control could have caused their injury at the time they were harmed.