Nexplanon (generic: etonogestrel) is a revolutionary approach to the growing field of contraception. Subsequently, Nexplanon consists of an injectable implant that distributes hormones throughout a three year cycle. The Nexplanon implant consists of a single rod that is inserted just under the skin on the inside of the upper arm and releases low daily doses of etonogestrel to assist in the prevention of pregnancy. Of significant concern, however, is a recent association between Nexplanon and serious blood clots. Women who use Nexplanon may significantly increase their risk of suffering from a severe, life-threatening blood clot.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a blood clot after using Nexplanon, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
Nexplanon Lawsuit Overview
Organon, a Netherlands-based subsidiary of Merck & Co.,released an injectable form of contraception known as Implanon on July 17, 2006. However, the same company saw it necessary to replace implanon with a new and improved hormonal treatment method for birth control. Similar to that of Implanon, Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant designed to assist in the prevention of unwanted pregnancy. Subsequently, Nexplanon was designed to replaced Implanon while simultaneously making two key additions. The first adjustments can be seen in the inserter, which translates into easier applications and lower rates of incorrect insertions. The only other difference between Implanon and Nexplanon is the addition of barium sulfate. Barium sulfate is a metal used during x-ray studies. The reason it was added to Nexplanon was to help locate the implant should it migrate to a different location.
Etonogestre, the unique hormone found within Nexplanon, exhibits several methods in the prevention of pregnancy. The initial mechanism of action witnesses the prevention of an egg being released from an ovary. Subsequently, this action also thickens the mucus of a woman’s cervix, thus keeping sperm from reaching the egg. Etonogestre also alters the lining of a women’s uterus, making it inhospitable for sperm to thrive. Therefore, Nexplanon reduces the likelihood that a sperm will reach an egg to initiate fertilization.
While Nexplanon has already exhibited an increased propensity for the reduction of unwanted pregnancies, it is not without concern. Recent studies suggest that the use of this contraceptive may coincide with catastrophic complications. According to a recent Danish study, women who use this type of hormonal contraception may be at an increased risk of developing a severe blood clot and any complications that may ensue. Due to the severity of an unnecessary blood clot, women may contact a lawyer at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for a free case evaluation regarding their potential Nexplanon lawsuit.
Nexplanon Side Effects
Common side effects associated with Nexplanon include the following:
- Bleeding irregularities
- Emotional liability
- Weight increase
- Breast pain
Nexplanon may significantly increase a woman’s chance of suffering from severe blood clots. Severe blood clots may take place in the following areas:
- Legs (deep vein thrombosis)
- Lung (pulmonary embolism)
- Brain (stroke)
- Heart (heart attack)
- Eyes (total or partial blindness)
Nexplanon Blood Clots
When a blood clot is formed as part of a normal repair process of the body, there is little consequence. However, there are times when blood clots form for unexplained reasons, and this can have potentially significant ramifications. The presence of an unnecessary blood clot induced by a hormone-releasing contraceptive device such as Nexplanon may result in catastrophic complications. Blood clots that prohibit a sufficient amount of blood to be circulated to parts of the body prevent said parts from receiving the appropriate nutrients necessary for survival. Therefore, a blood clot may starve vital organs of oxygen and ultimately lead to severe complications, the worst of which is death. If you have received this implant and are worried about suffering from a potential blood clot, you may be entitled to compensation by filing your own Nexplanon lawsuit.
The following study acknowledged the dangers associated with taking Nexplanon:
A team of Danish researchers collected data on incidents of venous thrombosis in Danish women using methods of birth control other than the pill. All the women were aged 15 to 49, and none were pregnant. The researchers found that between 2000 and 2010 there were more than 3,400 diagnoses of venous thrombosis.
For women who did not use any type of hormonal contraceptive, two women developed clots for every 10,000 (combined) years they used contraceptives. For women taking the pill containing the hormone levonorgestrel, the risk for a clot was three times higher, or 6.2 clots for every 10,000 years they took the pill, the researchers found.
The risk to women who used a skin patch was about eight times higher, or 9.7 clots per 10,000 exposure years. Women who used a vaginal ring had a 6.5 times higher risk, or 7.8 events per 10,000 exposure years). For women who used an implant that contained only progestogen, the increased risk for clots was very small.
Do I Have a Nexplanon Lawsuit?
The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in Nexplanon lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Nexplanon, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-800-773-0849. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.