Is birth control making women sick?

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jun 3, 2013

Many women are put on birth control without ever even giving the product much thought. Year after year these same women also go to their doctors to get prescriptions and for check-ups, yet do not even realize that their contraception could be causing severe damage or even killing them.

Take for example NuvaRing. This contraception is available through prescription and is manufactured by Merck. It has been sold in the U.S. for more than a decade. However, there are plenty of women who have experienced severe complications due to the NuvaRing.

Right now, there is even a class action lawsuit that includes more than 1,000 NuvaRing users. The claim is their complications range from blood clots to heart attacks to being told at young ages they will never be able to have children.

In general, part of the issue is that many fail to look at birth control as a prescribed drug that can come with complications. Rather, many either do not take the time to learn about the risks, or disregard those risks they learn about.

Due to this trend, doctors need to be careful with who is prescribed certain contraceptives. This means making sure that not only is a patient a good candidate, but also that she understands what the potential risks and complications of the drug are.

Patients also need to take an active role. This means knowing family medical histories and coming prepared to a doctor's appointment with questions, such as:

  • What are potential side effects and complications?
  • What are warning signs that there is a problem?

These are questions that need to be asked before taking the contraception.

For Tennessee residents taking any type of prescription, the thing to keep in mind is that even though it may be a medication that many people are on, a drug is still a drug and there can be very serious complications.

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