The NuvaRing birth control device prevents pregnancy by releasing synthetic forms of estrogen and progestin into the blood stream.
The hormones suppress ovulation, but also thicken the blood in the body, which raises the risks of stroke and other serious and potentially deadly side effects.
NuvaRing Side Effects
NuvaRing was introduced in 2002 by pharmaceutical manufacturer Organon, a division of Schering-Plough Corporation. About 7.5 million prescriptions were written in 2009 alone. NuvaRing users insert a ring into the vagina. NuvaRing releases a continual dosage of hormones that are absorbed into bloodstream. The ring is then removed for a week before a new ring is inserted.
NuvaRing side effects include (but are not limited to):
- Abnormal bleeding
- Benign liver tumors which may rupture
- Blood clot
- DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
- Liver Tumors
- Heart attack
- Increased incidence of breast cancer
- Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung)