Should Women Use Birth Control?

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Personal Injury LawyerThe answer to this question may seem obvious. A woman who hopes to avoid pregnancy while sexually active should use birth control, right? The problem is that more and more often, the pills, patches, and IUDs are landing women before personal injury attorneys. In recent years, the courts have been swamped with class action lawsuits involving women harmed as a result of using prescription birth control.

Oral Birth Control Concerns. There are a number of oral contraceptives that have been making headlines for a while now as more and more women join the class action lawsuits against the manufacturers. The problem for so many women throughout the country, is that these manufacturers fail to relay the true dangers that exist in those tiny pills.

There are serious potential side effects including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition that occurs when blood clots form in the veins located farthest from the skin’s surface. Most frequently, they are found in the legs and the clots are a major threat to the patient because if they break loose and travel the blood system, they could clog major arteries or even stop blood flow to the lungs leading to pulmonary embolism.

Why Clotting? The hormones – estrogen and progesterone – are the root cause of the clotting problem that can be caused by oral birth controls. The contraceptives increase these hormones in women, which can alter the balance of clotting factors created in the liver. When too much of the clotting factor is produced, there is a chance that clotting can occur within the blood stream, especially during periods of immobility – during sleep, long car rides, or even while sitting behind a desk at work in Saint Petersburg.

IUDs Cause Worries as Well.
 Intrauterine devices, such as Mirena, have also been in the spotlight recently because of the very real potential for pelvic inflammatory disease caused by bacteria on the device itself. Uterine perforation, which is an accidental puncturing of the organ wall, is also a known side effect of these devices.

While personal injury attorneys would not recommend taking chances without some form of contraceptive, there are real concerns that should be talked about at length with a medical professional before any woman chooses a birth control method.