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Birth control devices and medications like Yaz and Mirena IUD have been linked to serious, potentially life-threatening side effects and complications.

If you used a prescription birth control drug or device and suffered serious injury or illness, call Thomas J. Henry Law for your free case review.

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Birth control medications, or contraceptives, are prescribed to prevent pregnancy and to treat menstrual cramps and pain. There are different forms of birth control, including:

  • Oral contraceptives (birth control pills, such as Yaz)
  • Skin patches
  • Subcutaneous implants
  • Injections
  • Vaginal ring
  • Intrauterine devices

Each form of birth control presents various risks and side effects. Potential side effects of birth control medications may include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Sore or enlarged breasts
  • Migraines
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Death


Yaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive prescribed to prevent pregnancy and treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It has also been prescribed to women at least 14 years old to treat moderate acne and prevent pregnancy. Yaz has been linked to several serious side effects and has been the target of thousands of lawsuits relating to reports of stroke, cardiovascular events, gallbladder disease, pulmonary embolisms, and death.

Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) prescribed to for long-term contraception up to five years. Mirena IUD is a T-shaped plastic device that releases progestin to prevent pregnancy while inserted in a woman’s uterus. Although the device is convenient for many women, Mirena has been the target of many lawsuits due to the manufacturer failing to inform women of its potential dangers.


Birth control medications and devices are effective forms of contraception and provide many women with relief of menstrual-related pain. Unfortunately these drugs and devices have been found to cause serious side effects that could cause life-long injuries and potentially death. Drug manufacturers are responsible for revealing the dangers of these pharmaceuticals to potential patients. When they fail to disclose dangers, people’s lives are put at risk. Pharmaceutical companies continue to put profit before safety, and each year people are severely injured or killed due to a dangerous drug. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dangerous birth control drug or implanted device, contact Thomas J. Henry. We have experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys ready to hear your claim and provide you with a consultation, free of charge. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation.

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