Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients who experienced NuvaRing adverse effects, reports on a June 14, 2012 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found an increased risk of heart attack or stroke in combined hormonal birth control products such as NuvaRing. Danish researchers analyzed 15 years of data from more than 1.6 million women aged 15 to 49 and compared the heart risks from various forms of hormonal contraception. Researchers found that women who took combination estrogen and progestin birth control pills such as Yaz and Yasmin experienced heart attacks and strokes up to twice as often as women who did not use hormonal contraception. The risks were up to three times higher for users of NuvaRing and Ortho Evra patches than non-users, and were even more pronounced in women with diabetes, high blood pressure and those over age 35. While the absolute risk of a heart attack or stroke from birth control products remains small, the study adds to growing concern surrounding NuvaRing adverse effects.

Lawsuits Mounting Over NuvaRing Adverse Effects

Data from the same study were used in a report in the British Medical Journal in May, which focused on the increased cardiovascular risks from NuvaRing and the Ortho Evra patch. In October 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released a study that found that several new forms of birth control, including NuvaRing, led to increased risks of blood clots. The study found that the use of NuvaRing and Ortho Evra raised the risk of venous thrombosis by about 55 percent.

Merck & Co., the manufacturer of NuvaRing, is currently defending over 950 NuvaRing lawsuits. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits allege that the company sold a defectively designed product and failed to adequately warn users of the increased risk of NuvaRing adverse effects, such as stroke and heart attack. The majority of these cases are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri before Judge Rodney Sippel (MDL No. 1964), and in a coordinated proceeding in Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey before Judge Brian R. Martinotti (Docket No. BER-L-3081-09).

Those who experienced NuvaRing adverse effects may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Our lawyers and staff understand the sensitive nature of the complications caused by NuvaRing and will answer your questions in a caring and sympathetic manner. For more information about filing a lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at

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