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Birth Control Methods Linked to Rare and Severe Brain Injuries

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Updated September 25, 2019 | Drug Injuries |


WKW is no longer accepting cases for injuries related to birth control.

Birth control is any act used to prevent pregnancy. Women have various options to control unwanted pregnancy—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.

There are two categories of birth control: hormonal and non-hormonal.

Hormonal Birth Control

By combining two types of hormones—progestin and estrogen—hormonal birth control works primarily by stopping ovulation. Hormonal birth control prevents the ovary from releasing an egg and changing the lining of the uterus, making sperm implantation more difficult.

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

  • Implants (Nexplanon)
  • Pills (Alesse, Ortho-Novum, Yasmin, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, etc.)
  • Patches (Ortho Evra Patch)
  • Shots (Depo-Provera or Depo SubQ Provera 104)
  • Some IUDs (Skyla, Mirena, Liletta)

This is not a complete list of hormonal birth control methods. Speak with a physician for more information about birth control options.

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

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

Birth Control Side Effects and Brain Injuries

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) or 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

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 IIH/PTC. Symptoms 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

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, 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

Contact a Drug Injury Attorney Today

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, contact the Indianapolis Drug Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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