Any advice for a new nuvaring user? Did it work for you?

posted 3 months ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I used the NR all through college and loved it. Never got pregnant, never felt hassled. As far as I know, I never had any side effects. I only left it when I got and IUD and loved that even more!

Post # 18
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997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I used it for nine years and loved it! Zero side effects, my skin was great.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

I’ve been on it nearly 5 years  – love it!  I love not remembering to take a pill every day.  I’ve had no side effects.  I find it super easy to put a reminder in my phone calendar to take it out/insert a new ring.  It took a few times to get the hang of the best way to get it out and put another in, but honestly it wasn’t even that difficult.  

Post # 20
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Worker bee

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TeacupSeahorse : 

The risk of blood clots is extremely low. Around 7/10,000 (0.07%) women will experience a blood clot while on medication containing the level of oestrogen the nuvaring has. I’m surprised your healthcare provider didn’t explain that to you when discussing the method. When prescribing combined hormonal contraception (ring, patch, pill), I always discuss this with my patients. 

I have tried every method of contraception other than Depo Provera. I did like the nuvaring, but unfortunately the localised hormones exacerbated a bladder condition I have, which caused extreme pelvic discomfort. I was sad to have to stop using it, because other than that I suffered no ill effects and really liked the method. 

If you have strong pelvic floor muscles, you may want to double check that it’s in the correct position after going to the toilet, as you can dislodge it. Similarly, check that it’s still in and positioned correctly after sex. 

If you do the method where you take a break after each ring, NEVER take a break longer than 7 days. You would be at risk of pregnancy if you do so. If you accidentally go over the 7 day break, you need to use condoms or abstain from sex for 7 days after inserting your new ring.

Additionally, the bleed that you get during the ring free week IS NOT a period. It is not an accurate indicator of whether you are pregnant or not, as you will likely still get the bleed even if you were pregnant. The bleed is caused by withdrawal from the hormones, unlike a menstrual period.

If you use the ring correctly (remember to change it/take your break on time, insert your new one on time, and notice immediately if it falls out) then you shouldn’t have to worry about pregnancy.

If you have sex after using the ring incorrectly, you should seek emergency contraception, and take a pregnancy test at least 3 weeks after, even if you bleed during your break.

I’m sure that you probably know all of this from the consultation with your healthcare provider, but I thought I might as well say it just in case. 

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