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Hate Condoms? Try The NuvaRing

Are condoms not your favorite choice of birth control?

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If not, 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 also a great option for women who love the consistency and effectiveness of the Pill, but have a hard time remembering to take it every day.

Remember that the NuvaRing does NOT protect you from STIs, so this form of birth control is best if you are in a monogomous relationship with someone who is STI-free.

I have some friends who swear by the NuvaRing and think it's the best thing since chocolate. What do you guys think? Do any of you use it?

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kuristal kuristal 8 years
Just tried it out. Im so happy with it so far. During sex it didn't bother neither of us. I could sorta feel it, and there was a few times that my partner did, he said it didn't even phase him. It also helps push it further up, making it even more comfortable. After sex, I thought it might have fallen out, but it was just a little further up then it had been when I first put it in. When going to the bathroom, I was worried that it might slip out or something. It didnt, but I have only had it for a few days. All in all, Im stoked on not having to take pills anymore. Ive never enjoyed taking them. and I found it stressful if I ever took one late. A+
kuristal kuristal 8 years
Im excited to try it. I don't think any one method is for everyone. I also do not think that the size of it is the right fit for everyone. But it wont stop me from trying it out. I expect some side effects. Ive had all those same side effects with different pills at one time or another anyways. Seeing in how most hormonal contraceptives will effect just that, your hormones. Now as for getting pregnant, I shouldn't expect to stay 100% baby free, seeing in how its merely 99 percent effective. I will keep you posted once I try it out. Untill then....good luck in finding something that works for you!
amyerin amyerin 9 years
I have been on the ring for nearly 4 years. I have tried many different types of pills to ease some cramping and mood swings and I've found the NUVA Ring does both! My periods are shorter and less heavy so I save on all those feminine products too! I would say it might lower sex drive- as for me I have noticed some decline. The ease and convenience of the ring far outweighs any cons in my mind. It slips right in and is so easy to get out. My boyfriend loves it too. He even picks it up for me every 3 months from the pharmacy. As far as pregnancy goes- I have been on it, like I said, for years, and have been regularly active in that time and no complaints here... not with child! I recommend this to all my friends and every one who has switched over has thanked me. But like everyone else has noted- every woman is different!
txcowgrl077 txcowgrl077 9 years
I have been using the ring for 2 years, and I love it. Its not like a tampon where you can feel it, you forget it is there sometimes! The only person who can feel it is your guy, and it makes for perfect conversation .. and I quote: "what is that...?" "Birth Control." "Awesome" I've never had a problem with it ever falling out, and there is barely - to no side effects. It costs me, with insurance, about $25 for three months of it. IMO - the best BC I've been on in 6 years.
ennabeatriz ennabeatriz 9 years
I love it, I have been on it since 2004. My biggest complain is that it is expensive compared the pill from my insurance. Yeah, it lowers my sex drive but it actually has more discharge than makes me dry. It did come out once after sex which totally freaked me out but never again since. Actually sex usually helps to push it in sometimes.It also helps to control my hormones, I went off it last year just to cut back on the almost $50 expense a month. NOT WORTH IT, my hormones were completely wacked out and I was a mess. I have been on birth control for almost 10 years now and for someone that hates taking pills, Nuvaring rocks!
brantsmama brantsmama 9 years
I gave this a shot after using the patch for 4 years and having horrible migranes.. I'm not a huge fan. Maybe i'm going crazy but I could swear the ring made my hair fall out by the handful and it made me so sick to my stomach I was miserable.. I guess it just depends on how your body handles it. I would definitely do a trial run and see how my body reacts. It could work out great for some people.
cjmara805 cjmara805 9 years
At first, I had a problem getting it in, it was sitting vertically inside me rather than horizontally and kept slipping out. It takes some adjusting to get it to sit right. I wish though the packaging would put emphasis on keeping it in the fridge, and that you can't eat grapefruit while on it!
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
Thanks to everyone for posting comments and opinions. I am interested in trying this out and reading about it is helping a lot.
lnodarse27 lnodarse27 9 years
i've been using the NR since Sept.06(almost a year now) i've had no complications whatsoever(only sometimes when removing it, it can be a tiny bit difficult). it has come out about twice but i immediately go to the bathroom, rince it under lukewarm water, and pop it right back in. my partner isnt bothered by it all, feels it all the time, but he doesnt complain. when n if i'm worried that it might've slipped out during intercourse, i probe n check, to make sure its always in its spot :) no biggie. in conclusion, i like it, it suits me n it does the job. i recommend it to any female.
n0love n0love 9 years
Also, I've never had a problem with taking it out. And in 4 years, it has only fallen out once and after some very physical activity. However, that did not worry me because you can have it out for up to 3 hours without disrupting the hormone flow.
n0love n0love 9 years
I absolutely love the Nuvaring. I've been on it for 4 years and really have not had any problems. I have found that it has really regulated my cycle and I love the convenience of not having to think about birth control everyday. Before you try the Nuvaring make sure to read all of the instructions/precautions. It does talk about keeping it refrigerated and the side effects are exactly like those of the Pill. If you do try it, stay on for at least 3 months to give your body time to adjust to the constant flow of hormones.
itsagirlthing18 itsagirlthing18 9 years
has anyone else had problems getting it out? if so, how did you manage?
muchacha muchacha 9 years
esthersim, you just hook your finger inside and pull it out.. really simple.
rg2793 rg2793 9 years
I have been using the Nuvaring forr awhileeeee now!!! It is the best birth control ever invented!!! I have trouble remembering to take pills so this is great for me!!!! You can't even feel it!!!! Def. consider using this...its great and it doesnt make you gain weight!!
esthersim esthersim 9 years
how exactly do u take the nuvaring out??
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I think psychologically I wouldn't think it would work... there's somethin about swallowing bc that makes it feel more effective... No matter how irrational that is... tht's how i feel
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