I came across an eye-opening article recently about "third-generation" birth control, which includes products like the NuvaRing (approved by the FDA in 2001) and the birth control patch. According to the piece, new forms of birth control most likely come with a higher risk of blood clots and strokes, risks that the FDA has somehow not given much weight to.
The Mother Jones article told the scary story of 32-year-old mother of two, Jackie Bozicev. In 2007, while using the NuvaRing, a blood clot that migrated from her pelvic area to her lungs caused her to drop dead in front of her two-year-old son. Her husband is now suing the drug company Organon, claiming that it never studied how the NuvaRing's new route for hormone delivery may be more dangerous than taking pills. Because the NuvaRing's dose goes directly into the blood stream (pills lose up to half of the hormones in the digestive tract), it could be as much as two-times more likely to cause blood clots.
Even if the risk of fatality with the ring is higher than the pill, it's still relatively low. Stories like Jackie's, however, demonstrate that there is more to learn about new forms of birth control.
Would you wait for more time to pass before using a newer and more convenient form of birth control, or have you broken free from the pack?