Post # 1
I just drove 1.5 hours to go pick up my Nuvarings from my very generous doctor’s office who gives me free samples b/c I can’t afford to buy them.
I took them home in my purse (brought purse inside), and was here for about 2 hours before I left to go to the gym.
*stupid alert* I didn’t take them out of my purse when I left to go to the gym!! I was only in there for 40 minutes, and the a/c was on full blast in the car before I got there. This is Texas though, and it got to at least 98 degrees for 20 minutes or so while i was in there. The manufacturer says to “store below 86F,” what counts as storage? Five minutes? Thirty? A whole day? The website is surprisingly not very adamant about not using it if it’s been stored improperly, but my nurse warned me not to leave them in the car. They’re closed, so I can’t call her right now.
I know the obvious answer is just not to use it, but that means that $120 worth of birth control just got essentially dropped in the trash. I want to cry.
Stupid. I’m on the phone with Planned Parenthood now to see if they have a sliding scale for broke-ass students.
Post # 4
I would assume they are okay, but would contact nuva ring before relying on them for sole birth control. If you think about it, if it was delivered into your mailbox, it could easily been at a high temperature for hours.
Post # 5
Yeah definitely check. I know in Austin even if its high 90s outside, the inside of the car BAKES! 🙁
Post # 6
@takemyhand: thankfully when they’re delivered in the mail, they get sent in a box with a giant ice pack
Post # 7
@takemyhand: That’s actually why I refuse to mail-order them. I called the company and the only thing they will tell me is what the website says: They can only claim effectiveness when stored under 86F.
It’s very vague. Planned parenthood said not to use them. The Target pharmacist said 30 minutes or so qualifies as an “excursion,” and he wouldn’t sweat it.
I don’t know. I also doubled up last month to skip my period, so I was already feeling iffy about this month’s birth control. Clearly a new ring is cheaper than an unplanned baby.
Post # 8
Do I need to keep it refrigerated before I use it?
No. The NuvaRing can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 months before use.
You don’t need to keep this thing refrigerated; its just a precaution the pharmacy uses, that’s all.
Post # 9
@KristenGotMarried: See, that’s why i think it’s so grey! I’ve gone without refrigeration before, but it’s the “above 86F” part that’s so infuriatingly vague.
Post # 10
@li612: Who do you order them from? I’ve been so hesitant to order them because nobody’s very clear about how they’re shipped.
Post # 11
I would follow the pharmacist’s advice. They are very knowledgable about pharmacology (obviously) and the adverse effects that could make them ineffective. A short period of time, I believe, won’t render it ineffective. Don’t cry!
Also, Planned Parenthood is definitely going to say don’t use them because that is a liability on them if they tell you otherwise and you get pregnant. I would go ahead and use them (something similar happened to me when I was on the ring and I was fine).
Post # 12
@Nurse_Bee: I would follow the pharmacist’s advice. They are very knowledgable about pharmacology (obviously) and the adverse effects that could make them ineffective. A short period of time, I believe, won’t render it ineffective.
I agree. Pharmacists know more about this than doctors do.
Post # 13
I agree that you should throw it away – best not to risk something so important, although from a pure science perspective the product is probably ok. If it were something non-critical like Tylenol or something, I’d say go ahead and use it, since 90% effective Tylenol would take care of your needs, whereas 90% effective Nuvaring might be a huge problem.
Post # 14
oooh, i feel for ya! i did this with my birth control pills a few years ago – left them in the hot car in mid-summer for an extended period of time. called the pharmacist and they suggested i throw the whole pack away. 🙁 better to be safe than sorry, though, and don’t beat yourself up – everyone makes mistakes!!!
i would call around to a couple of different pharmacists, tell them the length of time and the temperature, and see what they say.
Post # 15
@bells219: Well, I’ve been on nuvaring for over a year and a half, and everytime I go get my prescription refilled, I put the Nuvaring in my PURSE for about a week, carrying it on me everywhere I go like a moron. This post was the first I heard about storing it in a fridge or something.
Anyway, no pregnancies here!
Post # 16
Agreed on someone else. A couple months ago totally let it bake in the car for 2 days before I remembered to get it out. I dont think it will be an issue. Especially if the choice is dont have any at all because you cant afford more.