Women’s quest for effective birth control may be costing them their lives. Two different contraceptive methods have come under scrutiny due to the terrible side effects and deaths that have been caused. Lawsuits are in process and many are wondering how one of these methods managed to get FDA approval in the first place.
We’ve all seen the commercials of women showing off their Ortho-Evra patch. This form of birth control may sound like a dream come true. All you have to do is apply the patch and the hormones are introduced into your body to prevent pregnancy. What many women don’t realize is the high risk of blood clots from using Ortho Evra. Besides the normal warnings about women over 35 and women who smoke Ortho Evra does provide a warning to women about the risk of blood clots that may cause death. Studies have shown that the nearly 60 percent more estrogen in a patch than in a birth control pill increases all the risks normally associated with hormonal birth control. There have been several lawsuits against Ortho Evra and as many as a dozen deaths each year from blood clots.
On the other hand we’ve also seen the advertisements for Yaz, the low dose birth control pill that not only prevents pregnancy but also clears your acne and reduces PMDD. The Yaz commercial is also devout in telling women about the risks and side effects involved with taking this pill. At this time more than one thousand lawsuits have been filed alleging that Yaz causes potentially fatal blood clots. The number one thing to notice here is that any blood clot is potentially fatal, if a clot makes its way to your brain, lungs or heart it can be fatal. By warning women of the possibility of blood clots and side effects aren’t the makers of Yaz (Bayer) allowing women to weigh the risks and choose whatever form of birth control works for them?
So which method is more dangerous? Each one presents dangers, and each one is an option. No one is forced to choose these methods for birth control, and there are many others out there that may have lower risks, or more traditional hormone levels. Women do have a choice, and being informed is the first step in choosing a birth control method that works for you.
Essentially what we have here is a failure, not to communicate but to understand the risks and dangers associated with hormonal forms of birth control. Yet when the advertisements and brochures for the product which has been approved through the FDA put the information right there in black and white, and women choose to take the medication anyway, then how is it the pharmaceutical company’s fault? To be honest even everyday cold medicine has a list of side effects, health warnings and warnings about combining it with other medications. If someone doesn’t pay attention to that and then decides to sue when they have a complication isn’t that their own fault? Should the pharmaceutical companies be held responsible beyond providing the information about possible health issues caused by their products?