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Female Contraception: What Are The Risks?



In 2010, it was reported by the National Center for Health Statistics that 11 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 had used the morning-after pill, a contraceptive tablet that is meant to be used in the case of a broken condom, rape, or other unprotected sexual incidents. This figure has climbed since 2002. Research is also showing that more women are using these and other forms of birth control at a younger age.

The Mirena IUD: A Convenient Guard Against Pregnancy, or a Recipe for Disaster?

You live in a world with hundreds of different birth control choices. How are you supposed to know how to make a decision? Each woman is her own, and there is no one form of birth control that is safe for everyone. Even those that are relatively safe come with risks.

The Mirena IUD, a small, flexible device that is inserted by a doctor into the uterus, is said to be able to prevent pregnancy for periods as long as 5 years. This may seem like a dream come true, especially if you have ever experienced a pregnancy scare as a result of forgetting the birth control pill or other contraceptives in the past. With Mirena, there is nothing to think about. Your doctor puts it in and it stays in, doing its job. Unless something goes wrong.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported many cases of complications since Mirena was released, the most disturbing of which involve the IUD migrating out of the uterus and implanting in a different part of the body. A Mirena lawsuit was filed, followed by many others, which claimed that the manufacturer, Bayer, failed to warn the public of this risk.

The Nuvaring: A Higher Risk of Blood Clots

The Nuvaring takes convenience a step down from the IUD, requiring women to insert a small, flexible ring into their vagina once per month. You may be thinking that this still sounds pretty convenient when compared to taking a pill every day, but the Nuvaring releases third-generation progestin hormones into the body, something that you should take very seriously if you care about your health. Research has shown that this type of hormone can increase your risk of stroke. Since the Nuvaring was approved by the FDA in 2001, there have been a number of life-threatening blood clots that required hospitalization.

Yaz: Cute Name, Scary Consequences

Both Yaz and Yasmin, and their generic counterpart, Ocella, have been linked to many terrible side-effects, including stroke, kidney problems, bleeding of the uterus, and blood clots. Unfortunately, a number of these side-effects ended up leading to death. Can you imagine losing a friend or loved one for such a reason?

It’s important to point out that many women use these and other forms of birth control without any side-effects whatsoever. However, the consequences of making the wrong choice can be scary, so talk to your doctor and research carefully before making any choice regarding your reproductive health.