Sexual urges and impulse are as old as time itself.  It’s the very reason for human evolution.  Sex, a precursor for procreation, is needed for humans to persist on the planet; however, in the modern-day world, sexual impulses are commonly accepted, but birth and child-rearing are sometimes avoided or not aspired.

Therefore, a number of contraceptive choices abound, including condoms and birth control pills.  However, some partners report condoms de-sensitize an otherwise sensual experience.  Moreover, remembering to take pills each day, becoming a slave to contraception, is not a desirable alternative for many women.

What is NuvaRing?

NuvaRing is a hormone-based female contraceptive device.  The vaginal ring, a part of a new-generation of contraception, is advertised as a convenient alternative to birth control pills, yet it has been tied to a number of lawsuits.

Over the course of three weeks, the inserted ring produces a continuous low dose of estrogen and progestin.  Higher levels of these hormones ‘trick’ the body, which would otherwise release egg maturation hormones.  After three weeks, females take out the ring, wait one week for menstruation, and then use a new ring for the following three weeks.  Like birth control pills, it’s important to keep track of time, but the burden of remembering is much less, and therefore more attractive to a number of women.

Horror Story

Jackie Bozicev collapsed upstairs while her husband made breakfast downstairs for her and two children.  The commotion alerted her husband as well as startled her young son, who observed his mother had stopped breathing.

Her husband quickly called 911, and followed instructions to give her CPR.  The ambulance and emergency technicians came, taking Jackie away, but she would never see her husband or two children again.

An autopsy revealed the origin of death, a formed blood clot, first rooted in the pelvic area, eventually reaching her lungs, causing her collapse.  The cause of death was surprising to Jackie’s husband, who knew her to be in good health and taking part in regular exercise.

Blood-Clot Legacy

Since 1995, new-age contraceptive pills have been associated with doubled risk of formed blood clots, with some consumer-advocate groups demanding a NuvaRing recall.  Though NuvaRing indicates its aligned release of hormones is of a lesser degree than similar birth-control pills, the ring’s hormones are absorbed directly into a lady’s bloodstream.

The route of ingestion differs from birth-control pills of a similar generation, ones that lose a good percentage of released hormones in ladies’ digestive tracts, but NuvaRing inserted for three weeks at a time, delivers hormones straight to the blood, a difference lawyers seek as means to sue and the FDA has never fully investigated.

Over 1,000 NuvaRing users have filed suits against producer, Merck.  Most of the suits seek reparation, but vociferation centers upon inadequate tests and investigations related to the forming of blood clots since the drug hit the market in 2002.

Since no tests have been performed, supporting or refuting claims by protestors, the drug remains a subject of controversy, especially since a number of women are attracted to it due to convenience as compared to other methods, such as birth-control pills.

NuvaRing has fought back against claims; a group of researchers produced a study in popular health magazines, stating those opposed to these types of contraceptives do not take into account other variables, which may cause blood-clotting, such as obesity or a history of smoking.

The fall season is slated to be a busy one for Merck; many court cases, with the NuvaRing producer serving as defendant, will take place starting this October.