Post # 1
Anyone with experience with this birth control?
my doctor wants me to try it but I’m skeptical. I think mostly cuz I’m a smoker and they say if you smoke you really shouldn’t use it, it increases your chances of blood clots and other problems. As with all birth control I guess. I haven’t been on birth control since I was like 16 and stopped taking it because something happened way back then and now I can’t swallow pills… So pills are out of the question.
anyway, she wants me to try nuva ring and I’m just not sure. I just don’t think I have many other options for birth control.
Post # 3
Commenring to read the responses. I’ve heard mixed reviews from a couple of friends and I’m looking for some new bc
Post # 4
I switched to the ring a year ago. I like that I don’t have to think about it, it doesn’t bother me and I’m not pregnant. If I was a smoker I wouldn’t go on hormonal birth control.
Post # 5
I used it, but I am a non-smoker so you might need to take my review with a grain of salt.
I freaking LOVED my NuvaRing. I tried conventional pills and they made me all SORTS of moody, I put on about 10 lbs using them, my skin was bad, and I would sometimes forget to take them and then I’d freak the eff out about it. NuvaRing is a low, continuous dose so I didn’t get the crazy mood swings…my period was much lighter…PMS? What’s that?!…weight gain? nope!…and acne? My skin never looked better. All in all, I loved the low, continuous dose because it just regulated me and kept all my crazy in check and last time I checked I don’t have any babies yet.
Insertion and removal is a bit yucky but not bad enough for me to have stopped using it. You put it in and it stays in for three weeks. My Fiance couldn’t feel it during intercourse but could feel it when there was ahem “finger-play” involved. After three weeks you take it out for a week, then insert a new one after the week is up. The one and only reason I stopped using it is because I changed insurance carriers due to a new job and the new plan didn’t cover my persciption. Out of pocket it was costing me $100/month. No thanks. I’m getting a Mirena IUD put in for many of the same reasons that I was on NuvaRing.
Post # 6
I used nuvaring for awhile.. theres pros and cons. i liked “not thinking about it” but I will say, there were TWO times it came out during the act. One time we didn’t even realize until we saw it on the floor the next morning. I never had side effects from it and it was convenient.
Post # 7
I didn’t have good luck with it, but then again, pretty much all hormonal birth control makes me a crying, moody mess who hates her life all the time. But other than the emotional problems, here were my two concerns.
- It made things really dry. Now this may be too much Too Much Information, but it was not a pleasant feeling. I didn’t have as much lubrication in my every day life, and I always had to supplement with lube during sex
- Boyfriend or Best Friend could feel it during sex. Not always, but a few times, and he said hitting it was painful.
I thought I would feel it, because tampons are not comfortable, but that was no problem. Insertion and removal were easy, and it was nice to not think about birth control for 3 weeks at a time.
Post # 8
I use to be a smoker, I used Nuva Ring. Smoking isn’t good for you in general…. You obviously already know that. I LOVED the Nuva Ring. Only reason I don’t use it now is because we are TTC.
Post # 9
Thanks for the replies
my only issue basically is that I am a smoker and the website states EVERYWHERE that you shouldn’t use it if you smoke, so why would my doctor prescribe it to me??
maybe it’s the best alternative other then pills, which I can’t take
Post # 10
I’m a smoker, and I used it for 3 months. Just stopped two months ago. WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!
1) I had 0 sex drive, I think we slept together maybe once a week instead of a regular 4-5 times. I’m sure this is Too Much Information but I could barely even get ‘wet’. It was a constant uncomfortable feeling during sex because of it. I could see this ‘devil ring’ (as me and my Fiance call it) as a ruiner of intimacy.
2) Gained 5lbs in the 3 months and had horrible headaches. I go to the gym 4 days a week, so in no way did I change my routine or diet.
3) I acted like a crazy woman and had a constant attitude which even bothered me.
I sucked it up and just waited out the 3 months to see if things would change (which they didn’t). I was moody, emotional and just did not feel like myself. I consulted my doctor and he suggested I get off it and try something else. After stopping, my doctor suggested I give my body a cycle before changing to my new BC, about 1 week before my regular 28 day cycle, I was so bloated I looked as if I was 5 months pregnant. I broke out, and was 4 days late. It wasn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
Post # 11
@KKG: good to know! Thanks.
I’m not sure i want to try it.
Post # 12
I’m actually anti-NuvaRing. I tried it a few years ago and did not like it whatsoever! It made me feel like I was flipping crazy! I’m normally a laid back, go with the flow kind of gal, but I was super moody and Fiance and I would get into these huge arguments over nothing. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me and why I was so bitchy, but once I went off of it I went back to normal. Also, Fiance said that he could feel it when we were intimate. Most people say that you can’t, but he could and it would freak him out and ruin the mood. I will add that I would have a frequent cocktail or two which could have added to the negative effects, but regardless, I’m cautious to go back to it for fear I’ll go back to moody me o_O
I used the patch years ago when it first came out and liked it ok. It would sometimes roll up and stick to my pants (I wore mine on my tooshie most of the time) but other than that, it was pretty easy to keep up with. I’m with you though…I’ve been off BC for several years and I’m wanting to go back on it, but I don’t want to get all hormonal since I’m pretty sensitive to medications. *sigh*
Post # 13
@RockStar33: I believe most, if not all birth control medications (pills, patches, rings, etc.) do not advise smokers use it.
I’ve used the ring for a few years, and LOVE it. No pills, no patches, and so far, no problems. Maybe Too Much Information, but it really evened out and lightened my periods. No complaints from the Fiance of feeling it during sex, but you really need to.. ahem… push it far enough in.
So my real suggestion is to stop smoking 🙂
And then try out Nuvaring.
Post # 14
I’m just starting my 2nd month of nuvaring and I’m not sure I’m going to stick with it. The worst side effect for me is a pretty bad headache. I also have been having stomach problems, but I’m not sure if it’s related.
Other than that, it’s not bad. It’s nice to not have to take a pill every day and I don’t feel it.
Post # 15
I did really like not having to think about taking a pill every day, but like some PP, I felt really out of control emotionally while on it.. I went off of it after about three months and felt much better.
I don’t really know what else to suggest for you if you can’t take the pill – I haven’t tried anything else. You can’t take even such a tiny pill? What about if you put it in a little bit of jello or something? Just a thought.. Good luck to you!
Post # 16
@RockStar33: I have been using it for about 4 years now. I really love not having to take a pill at the same time every single day. I have never had it fall out, ever. Inserting and removing can be a bit awkward if you arent comfortable with that part of your body but you get used to it. I honestly can say nothing negative about it. I have never had any issues with it and I love that I dont have to worry about it. 🙂