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8 Birth Control Methods Linked to Rare and Severe Brain Injuries

November 21, 2016 Drug Injuries

Wilson Kehoe Winingham is now accepting clients who were diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) after taking Skyla IUD or Liletta IUD, Ortho Evra Patch, Depo Provera or Depo SubQ Provera 104 Shot, or Nexplanon Implant. Call our Indianapolis drug injury attorneys for a free case review at 317.920.6400. You can also fill out an online form to have one of our drug injury attorneys contact you at your convenience.

What is Birth Control?

Birth control is any act used to prevent pregnancy. Women have various options to control unwanted pregnancy; of them being oral medications, procedures, devices, and behavior. As of 2016, male birth control pills or shots have not been approved the United States, but a recent study shows promise of its development.

How Do Hormonal Birth Control Pills Work?

In combining two types of hormones–progestin and estrogen–birth control works primarily by stopping ovulation. Birth control prevents the ovary from releasing an egg, changing the lining of the uterus, in turn making sperm implantation more difficult.

How Do Non-Hormonal Birth Controls Work?

Because there are quite a few types of non-hormonal birth controls, they work in various ways, but the concept is the same: to block semen from coming into contact with a sexual partner.

Types of Hormonal Birth Control

There are many types of hormonal birth control methods, some of which are:

  • Implants (Nexplanon)
  • Pills (e.g. Alesse, Ortho-Novum, Yasmin, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, to name a few)
  • Patches (Ortho Evra Patch)
  • Shots (Depo-Provera or Depo SubQ Provera 104)
  • Some IUDs (Skyla IUD, Mirena, Liletta)

*This is not a complete list of hormonal birth control methods. Speak with a physician for more information about hormonal and non-hormonal birth controls.

Birth Control Side Effects and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)/Psuedotumor Cerebri (PTC)

Common side effects from taking hormonal birth control typically include acne, weight gain, changes in menstrual cycles, and breast tenderness. However, women are reporting that they developed idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)/pseudotumor cerebri (PTC)—a dangerous buildup of fluid in the brain— from taking the following birth controls:

  1. Mirena IUDs (implanted before 2013)
  2. Skyla IUD
  3. Liletta IUD
  4. Ortho Evra Patch
  5. Depo Provera
  6. Depo SubQ Provera 104 Shot
  7. Nexplanon Implant

Birth Control Lawsuits and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)/Psuedotumor Cerebri (PTC)

Women may pursue birth control lawsuits, specifically for Mirena, Skyla or Liletta, Ortho Evra Patch, Depo Provera, or Nexplanon, against birth control manufacturers for failing to inform both patients and the medical community of the risks for developing idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) (sometimes referred to by its older name, psuedotumor cerebri. Symptoms of IIH are debilitating at the very least, and consist of:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Migraine headaches or severe headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Temporary blindness
  • Dizziness or vertigo

Allegations for Birth Control Lawsuits

Injured women are claiming that drug manufacturers of all said birth control methods:

  • Knowingly withheld information from the medical community and the public about the risks for developing IIH/PTC
  • Utilized misleading marketing tactics to emphasize minor side effects instead of severe ones, such as IIH/PTC
  • Did not allow women to make informed decisions about birth control methods, its risks, and side effects

Should You File a Birth Control Lawsuit?

If you have been harmed from taking Mirena, Skyla or Liletta, Ortho Evra Patch, Depo Provera or Depo SubQ Provera 104 Shot, or Nexplanon, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of quality of life

Indianapolis Drug Injury Attorneys Offer Free Birth Control Case Reviews

If you believe you have suffered from IIH or PTC as a result of taking birth controls Mirena, Skyla or Liletta, Ortho Evra Patch, Depo Provera or Depo SubQ Provera 104 Shot, or Nexplanon, get in touch with our Indianapolis drug injury attorneys. As always, you pay nothing until we receive compensation for your drug injuries. Call our Indianapolis firm at 317.920.6400 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.

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