Post # 1
So I’m one of the lucky girls that has her period scheduled for her honeymoon! I’m on Nuvaring and I am thinking about skipping an off-week to “move” my period, so to speak. However, if I move it up a week, then I will have it for the week of the wedding, which will suck almost as much. I’m pretty sure its a bad idea to skip the off-week two cycles to try to move it up two weeks – that’s just asking for breakthrough bleeding and other weirdness.
I am also thinking of just starting a new Nuvaring after the wedding to skip it then, but I’m afraid if I do it then rather than ahead of time, I might have breakthrough bleeding. I’ve done this before and although my period didn’t come when it was originally supposed to, when it did it was more than two weeks long. I’d rather deal with that before the wedding than right after!
Something else I was wondering… if I could start my Nuvaring a week late, and move my period a week later. I know I wouldn’t be protected at first, but that’s not an issue. Would that work? Any suggestions from those who have done this before?
Post # 3
If you try to go back to back rings right around your wedding, you’ll probably have breakthrough bleeding. You could always try going back to back THIS month and seeing how your body copes with it.
And yes, you can start your Nuvaring a week late and it should move your period back. It’ll take a few months to adjust though so maybe count on moving it 2 weeks JUST to be safe? It’ll probably take a few months to readjust your period anyways, especially if you’re like clockwork.
i’ve been on BC back to back for over a year now on the same pills and I’m just now to the point I can go 4 months w/o menustrating. At first it was one month, then two months, then 3 months, and I just slowly had to train my body. But it took freakin’ forever and I always had breakthrough. Even now I get some breakthrough.
Also–when I was on another type of BC (not sure what…), my doctor gave me small 5 or 10 mg tablets to take in addition to the BC I was on in order to keep the flow away. You could always talk to your gyno about a BC supplement to move your period better.
Post # 4
I would start now with shifting it with the pills, and leave the nuva ring till after. So for your next cycle, instead of 3 weeks of pills, then a period, go 4 weeks of active pills, then one week of sugar pills (so you’ll use one whole pack and part of a second). So then it’ll be one week later. Its easier for your body to adjust to an extra week, rather than 6 weeks back to back. Then you can hang on to that partial pack and use it to shift your period another week later, if you need to sometime.
I should note that I’m not sure how this works with the tri-cyclic pills–mine are the same every week, so if yours have different doses of hormones, this may not work.
Post # 5
The easiest way to do it with the Nuvaring is to start your new ring a week later than usual, so long as you’re aware that you won’t be protected for the week that you wait to start the new ring and for one to two weeks on the new ring.
Not everyone has breakthrough bleeding when they skip months (when I first started skipping I didn’t break through for a year and a half), but most do. If you just start your ring later you almost certainly won’t have any breakthrough.
If you have access to an ob/gyn and tolerate the pill, it’s possible to stave off breakthrough by taking two pills a day. So you could use the ring without a break in combination with a pill without a break and that would do the trick. That way you wouldn’t have several weeks where you aren’t protected. Don’t do this if you smoke or possibly if you are 35+.
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice! I haven’t had much luck with the pill but have really liked the Nuvaring so I am going to stick with it. I’ve done back to back rings to skip a period before and had breakthrough bleeding, which is why I’m wary. And even if I did that to move my period, it would only move it back to the week of the wedding rather than the honeymoon, which doesn’t help things much.
@ejs4y8: What do you mean I should move it two weeks? Like I should do that two months in a row or I should wait two weeks instead of one to put in a new Nuvaring?
@chicagobride092010: So you think if I wait a week to start a new ring, my period will come a week later? I’m concerned about basically extending my cycle by a week… if I will have breakthrough when I was originally supposed to have my period. But I guess even if I have breakthrough, as long as I could eventually get my body on the new cycle over the next few months, it wouldn’t be a big deal.
Post # 7
Yea im confused on this too. I am expected to get my period the week of my wedding. Like 2 days before my wedding. How can I move the date of my period? I have a pack of pills just not sure wen to take them. My wedding is the 22 my period will come the 19-20th… so confusing
Post # 8
I’ve shifted before and it takes your body a while to get used to it. So definitely shift earlier! I didn’t want my period on weekends because I was dating a guy out of town. Haha. I actually never shifted back because period free weekends are so much better. Anyway, I moved by Sunday start to the Friday before. Now my period starts on Sunday nights instead of Friday nights.
Also, maybe call your gyno too if you’re worried. Mine is really sympathetic and I skip every other just to avoid the migraines which was her suggestion. When I try to skip 2 in a row, I get some spotting so I don’t recommend skipping too many.
Post # 9
@daniellemybelle–sorry I didn’t read carefully, I didn’t realize you were already on Nuvaring! Ignore most of what I said. However, I still stick with my advice of getting try to shift it around now. So, if you’re due to have a period in March, April, May, and June, try doing back to back rings to skip March, then havea normal period in April, then skip May, so you’ll be on track to have moved it up two weeks by June, and any breakthough bleeding will happen now, not during your wedding. And, if skipping your period goes really badly in March, you’ll have time to get things back on track by June.
@Jizes318–my post above about pills should apply to you–start taking them now and get your cycle shifted so that your period doesn’t line up with your wedding. But, you say you have A pack of pills. Do you mean that you’re not on the pill and just have one pack? If so, I wouldn’t count on that being enough to move your period–you need to figure out how your body reacts to it and when you’re likely to have bleeding, which, for most people, takes a few months.
Post # 10
Just an update — I called my doctor and she said I could leave my Nuvaring in for an extra week, then take it out and have a period, and then start my next one and go back to my usual three weeks in, one week out. That way my period will be moved forward a week. Nuvaring has enough hormones for 4 weeks even though you typically only leave it in for 3, so it is basically like taking an extra week of active pills if I was on the pill. Thought this information might help out anyone in my position!