Ortho Evra can cause numerous serious complications. Although birth control pills that contain estrogen create similar complications, the Ortho Evra patch delivers about 60% more estrogen to the body. As a result, women using the Ortho Evra birth control patch may be at a greater risk of developing serious complications than women using birth control pills. In fact, one study reports that the birth control patch triples the risk of developing a fatal blood clot.

Complications associated with using Ortho Evra can be serious or even life threatening. Women who smoke and/or are over 35 years old are especially at risk for developing complications. Ortho Evra has been blamed for causing health complications such as sudden migraine headaches, jaundice, depression, breast lumps, and sudden numbness or weakness. Additionally, more serious complications linked to Ortho Evra include:

Ortho Evra Complications: Blood Clots & Stroke

Blood clots, which are clumps that form inside the body when blood hardens, are a serious complication caused by the Ortho Evra birth control patch. A blood clot that forms in a blood vessel or within the heart and remains there is called a thrombus. The complication resulting from a thrombus is known as thrombosis. For example, a blood clot that forms and remains in a vein deep inside the body is called deep vein thrombosis.

A blood clot that travels from the blood vessel or heart to another location in the body is called an embolus. The complication resulting from an embolus is known as an embolism. For example, an embolus that occurs in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism.

Ortho Evra users are at risk of developing various blood clot complications, including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Blood clots are a serious complication and can be fatal. Moreover, blood clots can lead to other life threatening complications such as strokes, which occur when a blood clot suddenly interrupts the blood flow to the brain.   

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Published November 17, 2011 by