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Subject: Nuvaring question
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 4:02 PM ET
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Has anyone tried this? Do you like it?

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:33 PM ET
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I love it, I've used it for 7 years and never had a problem.  You only have to think about it once a month, so its you never have to worry that you forgot a day.  But, if you're not comfortable using tampons, you probably won't like the ring, although its really small.

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 9:30 PM ET
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Although I am now retired, I am a Board Certified OBGYN, and have had a fair amount of exterience with Nuvaring and most other forms of birrth control.  The Nuvaring is really just about as effective as the BCP with some fewer side effects, becaue the hormone isn't absorbed from the gut, and thus doesn't go through the liver sometimes producing some metabolic effects (like cholesterol etc.),  and also makes less nausea etc.   One item of considerable interest is that you don't have to leave it out for a week at the end of the month and can replace it right away, thus avoiding having periods entirely (not all women like that, thogh it is harmless).  In addition, the contraceptive effectiveness doesn't start (!) to decrease until after at least 5 weeks, so you can extend it out a bit if changing it isn't convenient, or cut down the total # used in a year and save some money thereby.  You need to be fairly organized to do that effectively, though---write dates on your calendar or some such. 

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 7:59 PM ET
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I'm not a huge fan of it to be completely honest. I've found that it doesn't stay fully inserted for the entire three weeks, I have to adjust it occasionally. I use a diva cup during my periods and going from one to the other with no real break inbetween can get annoying (though I love my diva cup and have vowed to never go back to pads and tampons). I thought that remembering to do something once a month would be easier to remember than something I had to do every day, but for me it isn't. It has taken several months, and the help of a website that sends me an email warning that my period should start in three days, to finally get the hang of it. My cycle got really messed up those first few months. That said though, it isn't so bad that I am desperate to find an alternative. I haven't had any huge side effects or anything beyond general annoyance. In a way I am really glad to be on it, because apparently with my horrible digestion issues the pill can be much less effective, and I had no clue that was even an issue.

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 10:02 AM ET
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I use it and have been very happy with it for the past 2 years.  I do find that I sometimes get mild cramps randomly during the month but they are usually very mild and only last for a few minutes so they don't bother me much.  I have only had a problem with it coming out once (during sex).  All you have to do if that happens is rinse it off and put it back.  My life is crazy enough that I'm very glad to have one less thing to worry about doing everyday.  There is a program you can download from the nuvaring website that will remind you with a popup when you need to take it out and put in a new one.  I personally don't like that because I'm not on my home computer regularly enough for it to be useful and I'm not comfortable downloading it to my work computer.  I have a recurring event setup in my google calendar that sends me a message a couple days in advance.


Winston, thanks for bring up the back-to-back, no/fewer periods point.  Most OB/GYNs I have been to don't tell women about that.  One thing to keep in mind is that you will probably have to ease yourself into something like.  Start by taking a week off every other month, then move to every third month, every fourth month, etc until you get to a schedule you are happy with.  I keep a ring in for 2 months straight (changing after 4 weeks) and then leave it out for a week every other month. 

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 9:51 PM ET
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The continuous use is analogous to the continuous use of BCP's like "Seasonale" and similar things.  Interestingly, even a lot OBG physicians don't know that not having MP's is really AOK and harmless.  Supposedly female OBGYN residents are almost all on that kind of a regimen, whereas, other specialties in training are not---thinking that an episode of flow every month is somehow "better" or more "natural" which is a meaningless word.  The ONLY thing that a monthly period means is that you didn't get pregnant that month and the uterus is shedding its lining in order to "hopefully prepare" for conception in the following cycle.   I would personally feel that having a bleeding episode every month would be a pain in the ass to be avoided if possible, but maybe that's a male attitude.   I've never seen a woman who liked doing that, other than (perhaps) reassurance that they weren't pregnant that month.

Date Posted: 2/17/2009 3:09 PM ET
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I was on the Nuvaring for almost 6 months.  I loved that I didn't have to remember to take a pill each day at the same time, and it was not uncomfortable to wear.  It didn't bother my fiance when we were intimate.  The only complaint I had about it (and this is a big one) is that I found most hormonal birth controls, Nuvaring included, decreased my sex drive.  I'm now using the Mirena IUD and I am VERY happy.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 10:33 AM ET
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I had horrible problems with mine. I was using it to lessen my menstrual cramps but it made them 100 times worse, which then caused my chronic digestive illness to flare up (which like Liesl above, makes the Pill a problem for me too). I also had nausea pretty much non-stop. I'm not recommending against other people using it or anything though because my issues are probably pretty unique due to my health problems and sensitivities to some medications.

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 2:45 PM ET
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In addition, the contraceptive effectiveness doesn't start (!) to decrease until after at least 5 weeks, so you can extend it out a bit if changing it isn't convenient, or cut down the total # used in a year and save some money thereby.

I don't know much about the ring, but I do know someone who was about a week late changing hers and got pregnant, so this isn't true for everyone! Just a word of warning.....

I've never used it myself so I don't have anything else to add.  Other than the commercials for the ring drive me nuts. 



Date Posted: 7/26/2009 11:02 PM ET
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I didn't like the Nuvaring with I tried it.  It gave me a awful vaginal infection.  My gyn stated that this can sometimes happens as my body was recognizing a foreign object in my body and therefore was interacting as such.  As soon as I removed it, a day or two later, my infection was gone without medication.  This doesn't happen to everybody though.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 5:04 AM ET
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For me personally, the NuvaRing was a nightmare.  It gave me heavy periods with a day or two in between.  I bled for 16 days straight with it.  I was on Depo for a few years, and this was perfect for me.  To each their own, I always say!

Date Posted: 11/29/2009 5:46 PM ET
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I realize this is an old thread but this is my first time in this forum. I have no experience with the Nuvaring so I can't comment on it. I use the Mirena iud. This is the second time I've used it. I like it because once it's inserted you can pretty much forget about it. It's good for five years. Some women stop getting their periods when using it. Mine haven't stopped completely but they are lighter and last for a shorter amount of time.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 5:00 PM ET
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I've used it for a couple of years and am mixed. for some reason the ob/gyn I saw first wouldn't put me on b/c  pills because I take meds for my blood pressure. said my weight/age/ and those meds made me high risk so presribed this. the next doctor(not ob/gyn) did the 2nd pap and just continued. the last ob/gyn a few months ago re-prescribed it yet said it was the same risk as the b/c pills. since my insurance next year is crappy next year I'm debating calling this last ob/gyn and seeing about a generic b/c pill, perhaps written so I can take it without a period break.

pros - convenient once a month thought process

cons - 90 day mail order..if your part of the country gets hot like where I live you're pushing it getting home from work in time to put it in the fridge or if your area gets freezing you may be taking a chance as well. it has to be at a certain temp. another con is the price on my prescription plan - costs me around $40 for a 3 month and next year is supposed to increase to $60 for a 90 day. also with me I find it will NOT stay in place. I've tried all the tricks including the tampon as well as a vibrator(what the heck right?!) and it still slips down and I can tell because I start itching/bumps on the outside area big time. I started inserting mine in the tub so I can rinse off the exterior immediately. also decreased sex drive which I'm actually happy about since I dont' have anyone handy!

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 1:15 PM ET
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I haven't tried it, but I understand there is increased risk of blood clots & strokes.  Since I already had one of those, that would seriously discourage me, although it does sound convenient.

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