Post # 1
Hi y’all. After a lot of research and stressing, I chose to go with Nuvaring for bc…its the first time im using one. Day two… so far so good. No discomfort or noticible effects yet.
As far as I can tell, most people like it and its effective. Unfortunately my Dr didn’t give me a lot of feedback or information about it. I know the label says if you miss the first week after your period you could be in trouble… Does this mean every time you change the ring? Or only the first time you use it?
I am getting married in September and in the meantime I am not sexually active so im not so concerned about getting pregnant.
However!! I will be. I really do not want to get pregnant. Should I use a back-up method also? Should I really wait a whole week before inserting a new ring? Can I test somehow to see if I ovulate in a month?
Forgive my ignorance…and any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you 🙂
Post # 2
I leave mine in for 4 weeks, then just switch it out for the new. Less periods this way, abd its safe.
Post # 3
Glad you are having good luck with it. Mine fell out repeatedly, so annoying, to the point i just couldn’t use it anymore. I’ve had some other friends with this issue, i’ve heard the shape of my body might have something to do with it. Good luck!
Post # 4
I used the Nuva Ring for a year and never had any pregnancy scares. The Dr told me you can skip periods on them by using for three weeks and then inserting a new one immediately. I never did, but I know a few ppl who did with good experiences. I did take a week off each time and never worried about it.
Post # 5
I was on the NuvaRing for 3 years! 3 weeks in, 1 week out! Super easy to use. We never used a backup and never had a scare. The missing a week thing has to do with when you insert the ring. If you don’t put it in on time, you are supposed to use a backup!
Post # 6
Hello! I’ve used the Nuvaring for about 4 years now. My doctor told me to take it out on the 25yh over every month and put a new one in the 1st of every month. I found that remember certain dates was easier because I set a timer on my phone to remind me. I could never remeber to take a pill every day. I hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 7
Loved the nuvaring and wish I could go back on it. Essentially it’s designed to be inserted for 3 weeks and then you can either have 7 days ring free and then insert another one or you can straight away insert another one at the end of the 3 weeks (which can skip your period), if you wish.
Post # 8
I love my nuvaring! I actually lost weight on it. My dr has me keep it in for 25 days then take it out for 3 and put a new one in. I will give you a heads up though, you might have to put your new one in while youre bleeding. You dont have to worry about a back up method! My body doesnt even normally start my period until the second day I take it out becaues there are still hormones in your body.
Post # 9
RachelGrace: I’m also Rachel! Getting married in September ( also not sexually active, waiting) and started Nuvaring. I don’t feel it, no symptoms, no complaints other than the price. $115 is steep! Ahh
Post # 10
I’ve heard a back-up is unnecessary.
Post # 11
The Ring is 99.7% effective with perfect (correct, the whole time, every time) use, and a .3% margin is something I can live with. Using a backup method never hurts, though!
I’ve used it for about 3 years and my cycle has been like clockwork, with my period arriving four days after I remove the ring. I’ve skipped before by just leaving it in an extra week (according to the manufacturor it’s effective for up to 4 weeks) and immediately replacing it with a new one with no ‘break’.
Post # 12
I’ve been on it for 12 years. You do not need to use a backup at all and I’ve never had any problems with it. I love it.
I usually do it 4 weeks on, one off. I don’t use them back to back without taking at least a week off; it doesn’t work for me. I can’t ‘skip” a period on it, because I always end up spotting and that stinks, especially if you’re going on vacation and you were hoping to skip it all together. So I just plan ahead.
Yes, you need to wait a week before putting a new one in. For example, if you take it out on a Saturday, put a new one in the following Saturday, whether the bleeding has stopped or not. Try to do it at the same time. I set my calendar alert so I never forgot, although at this point, it’s pretty much routine. For me, I take it out, and then my period starts about 3 days later and lasts only about 4 days total. By the time I put the new one in, it has pretty much completely stopped.
There can be some problems with sex, you’ll have to see what your partner feels about it. For me, it sometimes causes issues, so I just take it out. You can take it out for up to 4 hours without side effects. I have found it to be the best form of BC.
Post # 13
reptilelvr: Are you in the US with health insurance? Unless you have an employer with a religious exception, the NuvaRing must be covered in full by your insurance!
Post # 14
howsweetitis: I have great health insurance and am in the US, if was $115!
Post # 15
PP is right, since there’s no generic for Nuvaring, it should be covered at no cost in the US. I’d call your insurance company to complaim, and have the pharmacy re-bill it for a refund.
I used the ring for about 6 months when I was in high school. I liked it, but it was before AAC and it was $45/month. The cost, on top of the fact that I began having severe vaginal dryness issues after a few months, was what led me to stop using it.
I was also horrible about using it correctly (taking it out for sex because it was uncomfortable for me, then forgetting to put it back in for hours).
Many women love it, though, and it’s a great form of BC when used properly.