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Female Contraceptives Can be Deadly

  • Published: 2010-06-12 (Revised/Updated 2011-06-05) : Author: Williams, Walsh, and O'Connor, LLC
  • Synopsis: Women use birth control contraceptives to avoid getting pregnant lessen premenstrual symptoms control acne regulate menstrual cycles.

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Potentially Deadly Female Contraceptives - Women use birth control treatments for a variety of reasons: first and foremost to avoid getting pregnant, but also to lessen premenstrual symptoms, control acne, regulate menstrual cycles and more. Unfortunately, by doing so they could actually be putting themselves at risk.

Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Corporation (manufacturer of the popular birth control pills Yaz - aka Yasmin and Ocella) and other pharmaceutical companies by women who have developed deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), strokes, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, benign liver tumors and more after using various female contraceptives.

The complaints filed in these cases allege that the injuries these women suffered were the direct result of active and/or inactive ingredients in their birth control. The majority of Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella-related cases allege links between the harm suffered and a specific ingredient, a hormone called drosperinone, that functions as a diuretic and can markedly increase the body's potassium levels.

Have Other Contraceptive Methods Caused Similar Problems

While personal injury claims connected to Yaz have only recently begun to be filed, other birth control pills and methods that have caused serious complications in countless women over the years. Even the non-fatal side effects of contraceptives can do many women more harm than good, causing headaches, hair loss, vision changes, nausea, abdominal pain, edema (fluid retention), skin reactions, jaundice and more.

The contraceptive injection Depo-Provera (a shot taken every three months in lieu of having to take a daily pill), for example, when used for long periods of time, has been linked to both bone density loss and consistent weight gain. Unfortunately, bone density decreases can be permanent and have been shown to drastically increase the chance of developing osteoporosis in the future.

There have also been questions raised about the safety of Ortho Evra, a transdermal birth control patch worn for a week at a time. It contains a significantly higher amount of estrogen than many other methods. A recent study indicates that women using the patch have a greater risk of developing blood clots, thromboembolisms, pulmonary embolisms, myocardial infarctions and strokes.

Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to protect their customers, and you might be eligible for compensation if you have suffered as a result of taking Yaz, Depo-Provera, Ortho Evra or other female contraceptive products. If you or a loved one has experienced injuries related to birth control, consult an attorney in your area with in-depth knowledge of these types of cases.

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