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NuvaRing and Blood Clots — How Likely Are They?

I've been receiving shocking emails lately, forwarded from friends about the NuvaRing causing ER visits and deaths due to blood clots. I'm not sure if you've heard any of this, but I thought it'd be a good idea to do a little research and set the record straight.

To find out if you should stop using the NuvaRing,


You should know that with the use of all hormonal birth control, there's the possibility of some serious side effects; one of them being blood clots which can lead to a fatal stroke or heart attack. This is a huge concern for women who have a history of blood clots or cardiovascular disease. With the NuvaRing, the risk may be greater because of the type of progestin hormone used in the Ring. It's different than the type used in other low-dose forms of birth control, such as the pill. This doesn't necessarily mean that you'll get blood clots from using the NuvaRing — it all depends on your body and how it reacts to certain types of hormones. Your risk for these serious side effects may be increased if you smoke cigarettes, are over 35, or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. If you're a faithful NuvaRing user or know someone that is, I'd set your mind at ease by speaking with your doctor — he or she will be able to determine if the NuvaRing is a healthy option for you, or if you should switch to another form of birth control.

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amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
i am healthy and 20 and just got two nuvarings from my doctor last week and will try it after my period. i hope i'm in the clear!
Ziera Ziera 8 years
I would love to agree w/ all of you lovely ladies,but I can't. What I CAN agree on is that the Nuva Ring was the best BC I ever tried...until now. It was so convenient not having 2 remember when to take it.I LOVED it until Sunday...I was experiencing pain in my right calf and I thought nothing of it.I thought I strained sumthing from working out. Well Monday came and the pain got did on Tuesday n Wednesday...I started having trouble walking bc the pain was so bad. So after class on Wed I went to the ER...i got there @ 11pm and didn't get out until 5pm Thursday! 18hrs in the ER.In that time they ran several blood test and 2 ultra sounds from my groin 2 my calf.....3 BLOOD CLOTS!!!!! DVT! I was so upset. I'm 21!!! As of 2day I have given myself 4 shots of Lovenox in my stomache 2x a day to thin my blood. I also have 2 take a Coumedin pill once a day and have my blood tested every 2wks as instructed by the doctor. Most females dnt even kno they have the blood clots because they have no pain, but I encourage you all 2 get a check-up just in case. If the clots break free from the vein they can travel to your lungs or even your heart,where from there your not too good...Just please don't take it as a soley being the most convenient BC ever. I mean not to scare anynoe reading this but if I can help any female out there n stop bad things from happening I want to do everything I can!!! Just don't be blinded by the Ring and all the good thingz about it. Please see ur doctor for a check-up! Be healthy!!!
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Kat - Talk about irony... I've had a clot too, but due to the pill. And my real (nick)name is Kat. They're not very fun, are they? Seriously ladies, heed these warnings about smoking and hormonal birth control. Angioplasty and having a clot dissolved is very scary, and very expensive. Not just monetarily, but health wise too. I'm still trying to lose the extra 20 lbs I put on from having a clot and being inactive for 6-8 months (had to have a surgery too, long story), and this is 5 years later! I can't be on anything with hormones now, and I'll probably have problems with them for the rest of my life. So for now, as inconvenient as it is to be married and using VCF, that's what we have to use.
gibbylet gibbylet 8 years
I tried nuvaring instead of BC pills because I was scared of what they said about the patch - it happened to irritate the hell out of me so I only used it for a couple of months before I ended up back on the pill. I HATE that so many birth control options have such horrible side effects...thank goodness for long term monogamy and vasectomies...
Kat-E Kat-E 8 years
I had an awful clot. I got so sick in the process, it was the last time I ever used the Nuvaring.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 8 years
Ive been on it for 2 years and never had a single problem. It actually works better for me than this pill with no moodiness/weight gain. There will always be concerns with any type of 'new' birth control. Just like people used to think that you had to have your period every month. The only reason I would switch is to try a seasonal birth control.
graylen graylen 8 years
NuvaRing had huge side effects on my body- on it I stopped producing estrogen and went into pre-menopause- at 25. My doctor had me stop it immediately and within a month I was back to normal hormone levels. I've taken BC pills and also on the patch with no problems, so it's not like I was really sensitive to hormone pills/solutions. It was really scary. Now every time I hear "NuvaRing" I want to run and duck!
Meike Meike 8 years " Am I at risk for DVT? You are at higher risk for DVT if you: * are older than 60 years of age; * are inactive for a long period of time, such as when you are flying in an airplane, taking a long car trip or recovering in bed after surgery; * have inherited a condition that causes increased blood clotting; * have an injury or surgery that reduces blood flow to a body part; * are pregnant or have recently given birth; * are overweight; * have varicose veins; * have cancer, even if you are being treated for it; * are taking birth control pills or hormone therapy, including for postmenopausal symptoms; or * have a central venous catheter. Your risk for DVT increases if you have several risk factors at the same time." Nuvaring has never caused me any problems. I love it. It's convenient. I don't have to think about it. If the birth control such as the Nuvaring is the only one risk factor you have for DVT it's easily countered with a daily active lifestyle.
karlotta karlotta 8 years
(I have to take it out for sex, and put it back in afterwards - my BF feels it and finds it uncomfortable, but I heard that's pretty rare.)
karlotta karlotta 8 years
That's WHY I went on the ring in the first place - I was using the patch and got scared by all the rumors about that - so now I have to get off the ring too!?!?! But I love it! Okay, so I'm a premenstrual mess on that thing, but it's SO CONVENIENT, it's worth the 3 days of madness! A stroke, though, maybe not. Calling doctor now. At least I don't smoke anymore :)
bikinib7 bikinib7 8 years
crayolasky.... i guess just the fact that i don't have to worry about a time schedule with pills and i can't even feel it up there make it so convenient. it doesn't slip out during sex, like i was worried, and i didn't experience any bad side effects ( i am 34dd and i was scared to death to get any bigger going on pills since all of my friends went up a cup size on the pill) and nothing like that happened with the nuvaring.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Crayolasky - I love it because I had horrible side effects and weight gain on every other type of hormonal BC. That's the main reason. Plus, it's extremely convenient - you put it in and forget about it.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
Oh wow. I've heard bad things about it but also very good things... interesting. I'm wondering why the above posters think it's so amazing? Eventually I am thinking I'll give it - or an IUD - a try... especially if I am in a long term relationship. I would love to avoid the side effects of BC pills, but this sounds awful too!
bikinib7 bikinib7 8 years
I haven't had any side effects on Nuvaring that I was worried about with regular birth control (increased breasts, weight gain). Hopefully, I'm just not too sensitive to the hormones. I love it and the ease of using it.. I won't give up on it either! lol
psterling psterling 8 years
haha, I'm a total devotee too. I'm not giving up my ring unless I have to. I've been on it for 3 or 4 years now with no side effects so I think I'm safe.
LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 8 years
Princess_eab: I'm with you... I've bene on it over a year with no problems yet. I dont want to give it up!!!! and I WONT!
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
nooooo! I'm not giving up my NuvaRing... I guess I've been on it for over three years with only a short break - I should be okay...
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