Post # 1
I am switching from the Nuvaring to Alesse due to lots of side effects I was having and I’m not sure when stop the ring and start the pill. I’ve read several conflicting things online so maybe some of you ladies have some first hand knowledge to share?
I’ll use condoms as a back-up for the first little bit regardless as extra protection. I’m scheduled to remove my ring in one week to have the ring-free week. Should I wait until I take it out then and start the pill right away (no week off)? Or start the pill when I would normally insert a new ring? Or can I just start the pill immediately and remove the ring today?
Post # 3
start the pill the first sunday after ur next menstruation 🙂
Post # 4
@ButtercupBetty: You got a prescription without being told when to start it?
Post # 5
I would call and ask your doctor about it.
Post # 6
I would take the week off and start the pill the next Sunday, otherwise you risk breakthrough bleeding. I don’t think you would need condoms but better safe than sorry!
Post # 7
I would take a week off, but your doctor gave you a script without any sort of directions?
I’d find a new doctor.
Post # 8
@AB Bride: Yeah, I didn’t think anything of it since I haven’t switched birth control in a long time. I figured the information was on an insert but I read through everything and it just talks about starting it in general nothing about from one contraceptive to the next.
Post # 9
@Hyperventilate: I wish it were that simple haha! We live in a very rural area where there are not enough doctors so nobody has family doctors. There is just a walk in clinic that is open two days a week. Sigh lol.
I’m just going to call the pharmacy and ask them. I thought maybe it was a simple question that would be obvious to everyone but myself haha.
Post # 10
@ButtercupBetty: I would guess the way to start it would be like a PP suggested, stop the ring with a withdrawal bleed and then start the pill when you would usually insert a ring again. The doctor should have informed you though!
Asking the pharmacist to check on the best way to do it is a good idea, many pharmacists are more knowledgable than doctors that way!
Post # 11
I just got off the phone with the pharmacist and he was super helpful! Basically you can start it 3 or 4 different ways depending on what you want to do. He just stressed to use a back-up method for 7 days no matter what. These are the options he gave me in case anyone is interested.
- Finishing the ring cycle then starting the pill the sunday after getting your period.
- Take the ring out now and start the pill the first day you get your period.
- Take the ring out now and start the pill in 24 hours (might be some spotting but he said it was unlikely).
Post # 12
oops, just read your comment. Glad you found out how to take it.