Merck, the manufacturer of the Implanon birth control device, is now facing legal trouble after women began experiencing device migration and unexpected pregnancies.
What is Implanon Birth Control?
An estimated 500,000 women in the United States use Implanon as a form of birth control. Implanon birth control is a small, toothpick-like device placed in a woman’s non-dominant arm just under the skin. It consists of a single, rod-shaped implant containing etonogestrel, pre-loaded in the needle of a disposable applicator. It is designed to prevent pregnancy for a three-year timespan and is inserted by a healthcare provider.
How Does Implanon Work?
Implanon is a hormone-releasing form of birth control that, when effective, prevents pregnancy for up to three years. The implant releases a progestin hormone called etonogestrel, which stops the release of an egg from a woman’s ovary. Additionally, it thickens the lining of a woman’s cervix, which helps prevent fertilization.
What is the Problem With the Implanon Birth Control Device?
Some women are reporting device migration in which the implant becomes completely irretrievable, causing side effects such as ectopic pregnancy and vascular damage. Ongoing lawsuits allege the manufacturers failed to warn women the devices could potentially migrate to other parts of the body. Additionally, like other non-oral hormonal contraceptives, Implanon may increase the risk for blood clots as much as 40%. These clots can form in the legs, permanently damaging blood vessels and surrounding tissue.
Other types of birth control known to cause serious side effects include:
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
Our experienced product liability attorneys help consumers across the nation to get the justice they need and deserve. Part of our mission is to hold manufacturers accountable for putting consumers at risk. Drug manufacturers must provide adequate warnings and ensure the safety of any device before making it available to women. If you have experienced complications with the Implanon birth control implant, call The Ruth Law Team at 888-783-8378. We will evaluate your case for free and walk you through the process of hiring legal representation. As always, there are no costs or fees unless we make a financial recovery on your behalf.