Post # 1
Ok so this may be a TMI but I made the title clear. . . so if you’re here you should already know what I’m asking.
Ever since I’ve been on my new birth control (nuvaring) my periods have been very light. So my SO and I will often have sex while I’m on my period. Obviously to have my period I need to take the ring out, meaning that I’m not getting the daily dose of hormones. What are the chances of getting pregnant?
I’m very cautious and always leave my b.c. ring in for the alloted time. Because it is always inside I am getting the right amount of hormones at all times. But what are my risks? I’ve tried ‘googling’ it but I couldn’t seem to find a direct answer. Any bees with knowledge?
Post # 3
Not very high but still possible. Ovulation usually* occurs on day 12-16 of your cycle. (First day of your cycle is the first day of your period.) Sperm can live in the fallopian tubes an average of three days, sometimes up to five or seven but that’s uncommon. So even if you ovulate early, on say CD10 (and if you’re on hormonal BC, you shouldn’t be ovulating at all), if you’re having unprotected sex on CD5, chances are the sperm are not still alive to fertilize the egg on CD10.
*USUALLY. Some women ovulate sooner, many later. Check out the charter threads!
Post # 4
I take the pill continuously (3 packs at a time), and don’t get a period because of it (very normal). We’ve never used backup or anything for that week and I’ve never thought twice about it. If you take the pill regularly, or use the nuvaring correctly, you should not be able to get pregnant during that week. If you’re really paranoid, as a lot of women seem to be, use condoms for the week.
Post # 5
The only 100% effective way is abstinence (well… 99.99999% if you count Jesus. lol)
Honestly, while I’m not a doctor, I believe the risk is extremely tiny if you’re using your nuvaring effectively like they’re telling you to. Honestly, I don’t even think you should worry about it.
Sperm can live in the uterus for about a week max. Even if you had sex on the last day of your period, CD 5 (probably, and with lighter period, maybe even CD 3-4?). Ovulation, when the egg drops, doesn’t usually occur until CD 14-15.
Also, I don’t even think you are supposed to ovulate on nuvaring, if I’m reading the website correctly, and therefore, have even less to worry about! Since w/o ovulation, no pregnancy can occur.
Post # 6
Monthly hormonal birth control is designed to protect you from pregnancy all days of the month as long as you take it as prescribed. Yes, there are some women who get pregnant while taking contraceptives, but theoretically, you are no more likely to get pregnant during your period week than the week before. Just because the ring is out doesn’t mean you aren’t covered. It’s the same thing as daily pills. There are 7 out of 28 that have no hormones in them, but you are still protected from pregnancy 28 days out of the month.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I don’t think there’s a risk. This is similar to the last week of birth control pills, which are just sugar pills (thus equal to taking out the nuvaring for a week). Women are never advised NOT to have sex during that week. You’re fine!
Post # 8
If you’re using HBC (like Nuvaring, birth control pill or other birth control that uses hormones) and using it properly (which it sounds like you are doing) you are protected even during your “week off” to have your period, even if you have a light period or are not bleeding that whole time. HBC prevents pregnancy with the same effectiveness all through your cycle.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the advice!
I never worried but SO knows a guy at work whose girlfriend supposedly got pregnant towards the end of her period. (If you knew her you’d understand the supposedly and also the laughs it got when he even claimed she was on BC at all.) I wanted to hear what other bees knew or had been told because I’ve started to doubt my own knowledge. Peoples stories can do that. lol. We are not TTC and for those who may have read my past thread, I’m a carrier for a genetic disease, so a pregnancy is not something we are prepared for at this point.
Post # 10
I think the most important thing is to make sure you start the new ring on time. My understanding is that by startng it a day or two late you could allow the normal ovulation cycle to begin, and if you’ve had sex during the ring-free week, his sperm may live long enough to allow fertilization if you ovulate. But if you start the new ring on time you largely avoid that danger.
Post # 11
As long as you are taking it reguarly as you are instructed to do. then you should be fine. Ive been on birth control for 6 years now, and havent had to worry once, knock on wood. Birth control is like 97% effective, same as condoms.