Post # 1
I’ve been on the pill for almost 9 years. Last year, I switched to the nuvaring instead for better rememberance. My concern is that I had removed my ring Monday (April 17th) as normal. It was in 25 days (as prescribed). I left it out for 4 days (also as prescribed) and I’ve been diligent that I’ve been doing this same thing perfectly every time. Recently, my boyfriend and I have decided to not utilize condoms and just use the nuvaring. We had “unprotected” sex (that’s in quotes since I’m on birth control) Saturday (the day after I inserted a new ring). I was wondering if I should be concerned that I could become pregnant since the new ring was in for 7 days. I’ve been told that the ring still protects even on the period days though.
Post # 2
Well, the ring is only 98% effective anyway, and I’ve had two friends who got pregnant on the ring (one only took it out to have sex and left it out for four hours). So COULD you be? Yes. Are you? Probably not.
Post # 3
You should just call your doctor if you have questions (I don’t say that to be rude, it’s just that they’ll be far more reassuring and have more knowledge about it than we would [mostly, I’m sure there are some pharmacist/OB bees of course]).
Post # 4
I have been on the Nuva Ring for years. The hormones in the Nuva Ring continues to cover you for the week that you are to take the ring out to have a period. For example, you have the ring in for 3 weeks and on the 4th week you take it out and replace it with a new one 7 days later. That entire time it is out, the Nuva Ring is supposed to have coverend you against chance of pregnancy. If you read the pamphlet that comes with it, all of this is explained.
Post # 5
I’ve used the nuva ring with no other protection for many years and not once became pregnant. I believe their effectiveness is similar if not the same as oral birth control pills. Of course if you do use condoms you are even more protected but I don’t think doubling up is necessary unless it gives you that added peace of mind.
Post # 6
I used the nuvaring without any other protection for 5 or so years. As previous posters mentioned, yes it’s possible, but highly unlikely that you’d be pregnant. If you are uncomfortable or concerned with the nuvaring as your birth control method, talk to your care provider.