Bad News for the NuvaRing by Jeffrey Dach MD
In my office lately, we have seen a growing number of young women using the NuvaRing contraceptive device. These women are reporting anxiety, depression, insomnia, headache, and other symptoms. The NuvaRing is a contraceptive intra-uterine device (IUD) containing synthetic hormones, a form of birth control.
Stroke from Synthetic Hormones in Oral Contraceptives, Birth Control Pills
A previous article discussed the adverse effects of synthetic hormones in birth control pills.(1) One dreaded complication is embolic stroke. Working in the hospital as an interventional radiologist over the years, one of my jobs was to perform angiograms on young women who suffered a stroke while on birth control pills. The referring doctors ordered angiograms on these young women to get a look at the cerebral arteries, which were always normal since the blood clots had already dissolved, leaving behind a residual stroke, also called a cerebral infarct. Most of these unfortunate victims had already recovered function. However, some had completed strokes with permanent neurological damage with weakness or paralysis of an extremity. This created the unforgettable image of an otherwise healthy young woman holding a paralyzed arm at her side. After seeing a number of these young stroke victims, I confess to a sense of uneasiness and dismay with a pharmaceutical industry that considers stroke from birth control pills "an acceptable risk" of treatment.
Stroke from the Nuva-Ring
FDA Adverse Reporting System
My previous article dealt with the warning signs of a "bad drug". One of these warning signs is the the FDA adverse reporting system. Look at numbers and types of adverse events. (3,4,5) (8)
As of Sep 3, 2012: 8,418 people reported side effects from the Nuvaring.(5) Here is the list:
(1) Deep vein thrombosis : 3,434 reports.
(2) Pulmonary embolism : 2,467 reports.
(3) Anxiety : 1,387 reports. and is moderate
(4) Metrorrhagia : 1,253 reports.
(5) Headache : 829 reports.
(6) Depression: 652 reports.
(7) Nausea : 646 reports.
(8) Migraine: 633 reports. It's more common among females aged 20-29 years old, and can be severe
(9) Thrombosis : 549 reports.
(10) Hypercoagulation : 483 reports.
Bad Drug Litigation - NuvaRing
Another warning sign of a "bad drug" is the number court cases in drug litigation. (6,7) About a thousand women are in litigation with Merck, the Nuva-Ring manufacturer, claiming the Nuva-Ring caused stroke, heart attack or death. (6,7) This is not a good sign.
What is the Alternative to the Nuva-Ring?
The Copper T - IUD.
Author: Jeffrey Dach MD
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