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What's the Deal with: The Nuvaring

What's the Deal with: The Nuvaring

Condoms not your favorite choice of birth control?

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Check out the Nuvaring. Once a month, you insert a little flexible contraceptive ring inside you. It releases a low dose of hormones for 3 weeks to prevent you from getting pregnant.

After 3 weeks, you remove the ring, which brings on your period. After 7 days, you insert a new ring for another 3 weeks, and so the cycle goes.

What's cool about the Nuvaring is that it's monophasic, meaning it delivers a consistent and steady dose of hormones for 3 weeks, so you won't feel the annoying ups and downs you might experience with regular birth control pills.

This is a great option for women who have a hard time remembering to take the Pill everyday.

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Informer Informer 9 years
My daughter almost died using the NuvaRine! She suffered a pulmonary Embolism. Look it up, it is not something you want to go through. Please seek medical attention for a full checkup. I would hate anything bad happen to any of you young ladies! Be happy and Safe!
ames82 ames82 10 years
I have been on the ring since it first came out like 4 years ago and have gotten most of my friends hooked as well! It is awesome, the pill made my mood swings CRAZY. The ring releases a steady dose of hormones so you don't get like that, and no weight gain either! It's never fallen out but I have heard of that happening rarely, but overall it is so worth not dealing with the daily pill!
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I think it has to do with birth control in general - my friend went on and off birth control pills and the change in hormones caused her major yeast infections. Poor her.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I've heard about an increased risk of infections being a side effect, but I've never had any. nycgirl, it doesn't hurt to put in/take out. It's kinda like a jelly bracelet, but the size of one of the rubber bands you use in your hair. You put it in straight up, so it smushes flat.
LtlCutiePie LtlCutiePie 10 years
I LOVED Nuvaring until my last stent with it. I got on it again at the beginning of the year and for six months i battled yeast infections (usually after the first week back in) which alternated with bladder infections and cramping (not menstrual cramping, necessarily). I probably have a more sensitive body than most people, but I was wondering who else experienced a correlation of bladder/yeast infections on the Nuvaring? I went to specialists and they attributed these 6(!) infections in 6 months to the Ring.
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
My ex-boyfriend said his wife (yes, I realize this sounds weird) loves the ring, and went on it b/c she didn't like the pill's weight gain. I'm still was on Seasonale (pd every 3 mo) and I did gain weight, so now I'm back on Ortho. I'd consider the ring, but... does it hurt to get in/out?
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
i've been using the nuvaring for 2 years and i love it... it's perfect for people who can't remember to take pills on time! i've never had any trouble taking it out and you really don't feel it once it's in
ccg** ccg** 10 years
The doctor can show you the correct way to insert, etc. If you have the nuvaring in correctly, you won't be able to feel it.
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
but can you feel it?
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Well, I had just given birth when I went on it, so no weight gain for me, also never been one to have bad cramps (lucky me). Yeah..I, uh, fell asleep and remembered it the next day, so it was out at least 6 hrs. I put it back in, then second-guessed it because of my timing for the month. Called my doc and she said it should be okay, but would probably have spotting, which I didn't. colorme, Sexy is in the eye of the beholder...I have to hide to do my thing or I get a one-man audience.
ccg** ccg** 10 years
I have used the nuvaring for years now. I love is so convenient. I always had a hard time with other birth controls - headaches, weight gain, mood swings, etc...all the wonderful things that come along with some of them. But, with the nuvaring...I had no problems. So, in's 100x better than anything else I have tried.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
fitnessgirl, I never used the pill so I can't compare them, but it's about 20 times better than Depo-Provera. My hair is thicker, I have more than one mood, I've lost about half the weight I gained on Depo, my skin looks better, and I still only have to refill my prescription every three months.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Butrfly, you can take it out for up to two hours at a time. My only beef is that it's terribly unsexy to take it out. :p
DStirk DStirk 10 years
for anyone that tried it: any troublesome weight gain or cramps???
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Yeah, I was a total emotional wreck when I was on the pill - when I remembered to take it. I've used Nuvaring for over a year now and I like it. The worst part about it is that it comes out a lot while you're doing the deed (at least for us. Once, I didn't realize it came out and fell asleep and it screwed up my whole schedule. But other than that, NO COMPLAINTS.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
I am a big fan of the Nuvaring. I am terrible at remembering to take pills, so this is just what I need! And like fit said, no emotional roller coaster!
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