NuvaRing, a birth control product made by Organon USA, is currently used by around 1.5 million people across the globe. Recently, multiple studies have shown dangers involved in NuvaRing use, with a possible recall of the NuvaRing still possible in 2009.


The NuvaRing is a birth control device shaped like a large ring. It is inserted into the vagina, where it releases a continuous low dose of estrogen and progestin.  The progestin is a synthetic hormone derived from the progestin desogestrel.

NuvaRing is what is known as a “third generation” contraceptive, with each generation meant to pose fewer risks to users. This generation of contraceptives was introduced in the early 1990s, and since then numerous studies have shown that third-generation contraceptives may actually have an increased risk profile.

Health Concerns

While third generation contraceptives were supposed to be safer, the use of desogestrel may have resulted in higher risks for women. Some of the side effects and health problems being linked to desogestrel the NuvaRing are:

  • Blood clots
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Ischemic strokes
  • Pulmonary embolisms

These side effects are dangerous and life-threatening. Fifteen independent studies and two meta-analyses have made the link between third-generation birth control methods like NuvaRing and Deep Vein Thrombosis. According to these studies, women taking third-generation birth controls like NuvaRing, with a study dating all the way back to 1995 linking the contraceptive with blood clots in the legs that could ultimately result in stroke and/or death. The risk is so great that a consumer advocacy group has lobbied the FDA to ban all third-generation birth control methods.


While no recall has been made yet for the NuvaRing, multiple dangerous drug lawsuits have been filed against the product’s maker, Organon USA. 

Fighting For You

If you or someone you love has ever used the NuvaRing and suffered complications like the ones above, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. online or by phone at (614) 766-2000 for a free consultation. Our drug injury lawyer pursues claims on behalf of clients in New Albany, Columbus, Dublin, and all of Ohio.