Post # 1
So I started the NuvaRing in May and it’s been okay.
I take the ring out on a Sunday and have been getting my periods the following Thursday or Friday, and they last for about 3 days.
I was counting the weeks on my calender and realized that if I stay with my current schedule, I will take the ring out the Sunday before my wedding …. which means my period will show up the Thursday or Friday before my wedding day! BOOOO!!
I emailed my Dr. to ask about how we can alter my schedule so that I DO NOT have my period on my wedding day, but I’m nervous about if it will work and if I will still be protected against pregnancy.
I’m mainly nervous because I’ve heard that if you switch a BC schedule, it could take a few months for your body to adjust to when you WANT your period to come. And since it’s already August and my wedding is at the end of September …. I’m worried the change won’t take affect soon enough.
Has anyone done this successfully?
Post # 3
@Stace126: I had the same issue and DID NOT want my period for my wedding and honeymoon. I switched my BC to a BCP in the middle of May called LoLestrin FE (not Loestrin FE, that’s different). You get NO PERIODS and NO PMS (bloating, cramps, mood swings, etc) whatsoever. I love it! I’m already adjusted, no perod since the beginning of May, no negative side effects and now I won’t have a period at all during the wedding or honeymoon. If you’re open to the possibility of a pill, I highly suggest this one.
Post # 4
I did this intentionally so that I could go longer without periods and it worked right away for me. Everyone is different so no guarantees but if you read the directions on the Nuva ring it says you can actually leave it in for four weeks and still not get pregnant. This pushed me out to a 35 day cycle instead of 28. That should be enough to keep you from having it on your wedding day.
Post # 5
I do two rings in a row so I only get my period every 6 weeks. It works great.
Post # 6
yep you can adjust it and i do all the time. i usually skip 2-3 periods in a row with it (it has 4 weeks of hormones so i just keep it in and then put in a new one) without any issues.
Post # 7
Thanks everybody! I’m feeling much more hopeful!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
of course listen to your doctor, but from what I’ve heard, putting in another right away (like Pinkmoon does) should work just fine.
I’ve heard of people doing something similar with their BC pills, where they skip the placebo week and go straight to their next pack.
Post # 9
@Stace126: It looks like most people are replying positively, but I wanted to share my experience. I had a very similar realization a few months ago. I spoke to my doctor and she said “stacking” the rings (aka. putting in a new one immediately after taking the old one out and skipping a period and changing your schedule) was perfectly fine. She did warn me about side effects though due to my history with birth control in general. A little background: I’ve tried about 7 different pills over the years and all gave me crazy side effects. I finally found the ring, have been on it about 2 years and the effects have been minimal and manageable. However, my body went nuts when I stacked the rings. I got moody (REALLY moody, worse than usual PMS) my skin broke out, and I got a period for 2 weeks straight in the middle. At first I thought it was breakthrough bleeding but after a few days I realized it was more. Although it never got heavy, it needed more than just a panty liner and it did last 2 weeks. I finally gave up and took the ring out altogether on my doctors recommendation. She then had me off the ring for a full month to reset (so I needed to use condoms) but it made my mood and skin go back to normal. After I got my period normally after the month off it, I started the ring again. This was just a month ago and so far so good. It was a really bad experience but it did manage to put my period off so that I won’t have it for the wedding, so it was all worth it. I would just be prepared for side effects!
Post # 10
I use nuvaring because I got SO sick whenever I tried the pill!! I also had the same concern, and my doctor told me it was totally ok to adjust the schedule to avoid a period on the wedding/honeymoon (especially since we saved ourselves for marriage!!) I think she had me put it in for two weeks, take it out a week early, effectively moving up my period by a week I think. I adjusted fine, and I was period-free on the wedding and honeymoon! Hope things work out!
Post # 11
I do it all the time! Works like a charm..plus it helps keep my skin clear!
Post # 12
I skipped my period with birth control pills. All I did was avoid the week of hormone free pills.
I’m sure you will be fine if you simply leave the ring inside you, when you are meant to have your period.