Taking prescription birth control medications like Ocella increases the amount of estrogen in the body. The increase in this hormone can be the cause of strokes in women. In fact, women past a certain age suffer from strokes nearly twice as often as men do. Women who use Ocella have been making claims that they are experiencing one of its more serious side effects – including strokes. Even birth control pills that contain lower levels of estrogen are put women at a higher risk for a stroke.
Strokes happen when there is less blood flow and, therefore, less oxygen getting to the brain. When deprived of oxygen, the brain tissue begins to die. A stroke can limit a person’s ability to move their arms and legs; affect their ability to breathe, see, and hear; and leave them without feeling in some parts of their body.
When a woman taking Ocella undergoes the symptoms of a stroke, she should seek medical attention right away. If treatment is not received as soon as possible, serious permanent damage to the brain can be incurred or the patient may even die. The symptoms of a stroke include the following:
· Sudden onset of blurred or lost vision in one or both of the eyes
· Severe and intense headache
· Numbness in an arm or a leg
· Trouble with walking and balance
· Loss of the ability to speak coherently, speech that is slurred, or inability to speak or understand speech
· Chest pains and trouble breathing
· Fatigue or exhaustion
· Rapid or irregular heart beat
· Painful hiccuping
· Pain in the face
· Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Women over 35 who take the prescription birth control drug Ocella are at a higher risk for stroke than younger women taking the drug. If they use tobacco or alcohol regularly or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes in their medical history, the risks are even higher. If taking Ocella, women should ensure that they lead a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a healthy diet. Ocella side effects will be different for every woman who takes the drug, depending on their own medical history as well as their families, their age, and the lifestyle they lead.
Anyone who has suffered a stroke caused by the drug Ocella may want to consider seeking compensation for all of their medical expenses, including hospital bills and rehabilitation costs. An attorney can also help them get compensation for their pain and suffering as well as that of their family and any other financial damages.