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Ever questioned the safety of contraceptive implants like Nexplanon? Recent legal developments have raised concerns, making it crucial to explore the critical aspects affecting Nexplanon users. 

As an experienced attorney specializing in pharmaceutical litigation, I've encountered numerous cases involving Nexplanon implants. In this article, we delve into the issue, providing essential insights and legal considerations to help you navigate this complex topic regarding Nexplanon lawsuits.

What is Nexplanon?

Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant, a tiny, thin rod about the size of a matchstick. These birth control implants release hormones into a woman's body that prevent her from getting pregnant.

A nurse or other medical professional inserts the device into the arm, and it will prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years.

How Does Nexplanon Work?

Nexplanon works by releasing a hormone called etonogestrel into the body. This hormone prevents ovulation and thickens the cervical mucus to inhibit sperm from reaching the egg.

Nexplanon works in 2 ways:

  • Progestin thickens the mucus on your cervix, which stops sperm from swimming through to your egg. When sperm can't meet up with an egg, pregnancy can't happen.
  • Progestin can also stop eggs from leaving your ovaries (called ovulation), so there's no egg to fertilize. When eggs aren't released, you can't get pregnant.

What's the Problem With Nexplanon?

The problem with Nexplanon is its association with life-threatening complications such as ectopic pregnancy, blood clots, vascular damage, heart attack, and deep vein thrombosis.

All women who take Nexplanon have a risk of developing blood clots, which can lead to serious consequences, including organ damage, permanent disability, or even death, especially in women over 35 who smoke.

Recent lawsuits allege that Merck failed to warn women the devices could increase the risk factors for these injuries.

Additionally, like other non-oral hormonal contraceptives, Nexplanon comes with a risk for blood clots like pulmonary embolism as much as 40%. These life-threatening clots can form in the legs, permanently damaging blood vessels and surrounding tissue.

Birth Control Implant Side Effects

Our lawyers are accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of women who suffered the following side effects after using Nexplanon:

  • Heart attack / cardiac event
  • Blood clot
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Hospitalization

Nexplanon users may also have an increased risk of the following side effects:

  • Vascular damage
  • Pulmonary artery damage
  • Device migration
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramping/bloating
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal irritation/discharge

According to the US Courts, Nexplanon has a synergistic effect on those individuals with other risk factors for VTE, and both obese women and African-American women experience VTE and other related cardiovascular events at higher rates [1].

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Nexplanon Blood Clot

The most dangerous side effects of Nexplanon are related to Nexplanon blood clots. If a Nexplanon blood clot forms in the veins and breaks off, it can lead to other life-threatening conditions, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a Nexplanon blood clot forms in one of the body’s main veins, usually in the legs. If that Nexplanon blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, it is called a pulmonary embolism.

Nexplanon blood clots can be dangerous if not treated and can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death.

What's the Difference Between Nexplanon and Implanon?

The difference between Nexplanon and Implanon is the safety features that are in Nexplanon but not in Implanon. Nexplanon has two safety features designed to ensure proper insertion and prevent heart attack / cardiac events.

However, there is no major difference in the way the two implants work or their effectiveness. Both are small toothpick-sized plastic rods implanted subdermally on the inside of your non-dominant upper arm. Both implants contain the synthetic progestin hormone etonogestrel. However, Nexplanon replaced the Implanon implant in October 2010.

Which Other Types of Birth Control Have Been Linked to Blood Clots?

Other types of birth control have been linked to blood clots, including Implanon, Essure Permanent Birth Control, Yaz, Beyaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. These contraceptives have been associated with an increased risk of blood clots, which can lead to serious health complications such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. 

It's essential for individuals using these birth control methods to be aware of these potential risks and consult with their healthcare provider for personalized guidance and monitoring.

The label for the active ingredient in the implant, etonogestrel, says it shouldn't be used by people with a history of blood clots. The warning comes from studies of combination birth control pills that also use progestin plus estrogen

Proper Medical Safety Procedures for Nexplanon Removal

The Nexplanon implant is a long-term birth control method, as it works as a contraceptive for 3 years. After three years, the birth control implant should be removed or replaced with a new one, depending on whether one wishes to become pregnant or not.

Before starting the removal procedure, the medical practitioner or healthcare provider must read the instructions carefully and study the patient's card well.

According to the Mayo Clinic, certain medicines and herbal products may lower the levels of progestin in your blood. This means the implant might not prevent pregnancy as well. Medicines known to do this include certain seizure medicines, sedatives, HIV medicines, and the herb St. John's wort [2].

It is important to verify the exact location of the implant in the arm by palpation. Before removal, it must be confirmed whether the woman has any allergies to the antiseptic to be used.

Like insertion, the removal procedure of the Nexplanon birth control implant requires care and attention. Equally important is the care post removal.

Once the implant is removed, from whichever method, it is important not to neglect the incision area and read the signs, if any, the body gives post the removal procedure.

Once the implant is removed, there is no protection against pregnancy. Women are advised to use other methods of birth control, like contraceptive pills or condoms, if they do not want to get pregnant. One should use a backup method for the first seven days post-removal.

After the Nexplanon implant is removed, one must watch for signs of warning. For a few days, there may be some numbness in the arm.

As the numbness wears off, one may experience soreness for a day or two. During this period, over-the-counter pain relievers can be taken. Cold packs also help curb swelling and pain.

Nexplanon Health Risk Studies

A recent study from Denmark published in the British Medical Journal found increased risks of blood clots for women who use nearly all types of non-oral hormonal contraceptives, including contraceptive implants such as Nexplanon. The researchers found a 40% increased risk of blood clots.

The researchers analyzed the risk of blood clots and other thrombotic events in Danish women between the ages of 15-49 from 2001 to 2010. The women were not pregnant and had no history of blood clots or cancer.

The researchers found that the only non-oral hormonal contraceptive that was not associated with an increased risk of blood clots was the IUD (uterine implant).

Subcutaneous implants were associated with a 40% increased risk, skin patches were associated with a 7.9-fold increased risk of blood clotting, and vaginal ring devices were associated with a 6.5-fold increased risk.

Understanding the full scope of Nexplanon's side effects and building strong legal cases can significantly benefit from comprehensive medical record reviews and expert medical testimony highlighting their importance in analyzing the risks associated with Nexplanon and supporting legal actions.

South Carolina Woman Awarded 6-Figure Payout in Nexplanon Lawsuit

Court documents show a Beaufort County woman received more than a half-million dollars after suing over what she claimed should have been a simple medical procedure.

The woman's lawsuit claimed someone at Beaufort Clinic inserted a Nexplanon implant into her arm in January 2014.

However, the woman claimed the device was improperly placed, which caused her to make several visits to the Regional Medical Center, where the implant was finally removed.

The suit states she was left with nerve damage in her arm, ultimately resulting in a permanent injury.

A list of payouts from the South Carolina Insurance Reserve Fund states the case ended in a $600,000 settlement.

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Reference:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/contraceptive-implant/about/pac-20393619
  2. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-arwd-5_21-cv-05200/pdf/USCOURTS-arwd-5_21-cv-05200-0.pdf