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Reviews for NuvaRing to treat Birth Control
Review by Lenka L (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I want to share because I read these blogs & threads and find them useful. I was on Nuvaring 2x in my lifetime. I normally have no extreme problems with PMS, acne or mood swings. Normal periods without contraception. Started NuvaRing when moved overseas and wanted to avoid pill-failure due to digestive issues.
Pros: Super convenient (1x month dose), Easy to use, really great except.
Cons: NO ENERGY! NO SEX DRIVE. Unfortunately to such a level I stopped it due to not having sex. My normal sex appetite back within a WEEK! Shame, such a convenient product.
I experienced spotting during the first month, but have not experienced any side effects since then. Sometimes I find it easier to insert than others, but it's pretty simple and its low-maintenance. I'd highly recommend it.
I used NuvaRing for 2 and a half years, the first 2 years were WONDERFUL, not a single problem; or bleeding or spotting, periods were regular no mood swings or acne no depression or loss of sex drive, I gained maybe 5-10 lbs but to be honest I don't eat very healthy. Then shortly after the 2 year mark I had 1 serious problem, You see if you read the directions the Nuvaring is supposed be kept in a refrigerator, I never did that. And after 2 years I did it ONCE and I suffered the most severe vaginal burning. I stopped taking it after that even though my doctors said it was unlikely the source, Never had the problem again. It's been 2 and a half years later and 1 baby since and I think I may try it again- UN-REFRIGERATED!
The NuvaRing is extremely convenient. I didn't even notice it most of the time and it did not bother my boyfriend. However, I am bloated all the time, exhausted everyday, crying all the time, and my breasts have gone from C's to DD's. Some people would like this, but the reason why they have gotten bigger is I think because I'm so bloated all the time. They feel swollen and painful like when you are PMSing, but on a regular basis.
I used the Nuvaring for 3 months before (it was just a sample supply) and I loved it. I was not on insurance at the time and couldn't afford to continue to use it. I have been on the Nuvaring again for about 3 months. I mostly love it. I have gained about 6lbs (from 110 to 116) in that three months. I also gained a cup size and my breasts are CONSTANTLY sore/tender. I also have been experiencing hard/cystic like breakouts mainly on my jaw line but also a few times on my cheeks. They are incredibly painful and don't pop well and just turn into big sores that itch and hurt. I wish that part would go away, because aside from that I LOVE my Nuvaring.
This is the first form of hormonal birth control I have been on. I'm 27. I love it. I have had no negative side effects at all. I normally have bad PMS and mood swings and bad cramping. My doctor has me using it in a way I only get a period every 3 months. It has normalized my mood which is the main thing I was hoping for besides not getting pregnant. I have to switch though because there is no generic and my insurance only covers $10 of it. So it's expensive for me.
I really like NuvaRing. It's my first experience with birth control, and I've found it pleasant. For the first month, I got a pimple or two (which was likely unrelated). I also would suffer from a sense of anxiety before I fell asleep. However, my skin became PERFECT and anxiety went away after a month. The NuvaRing makes me a lot oilier than usual, but I actually prefer it; I usually have very dry skin/hair, and now it's more normal. Further, I've been able to lose like TEN POUNDS!
I deducted two points out of ten: one for the ring sometimes slipping and causing irritation, and another for the overall awkward experience of your partner finding a plastic ring inside.
Nuvaring worked well for me. I did not get pregnant. I had it for about six months. But I noticed my appetite increased and I gained 40 lbs. It's terrible. I can't drop the weight and I've been on the ring for 4 months. I weighed 135lbs, now I weigh 155lbs. But better 40 lbs than 40lbs and a baby!
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I've only been on it one month, but so far I really like it. I'm vegetarian and it doesn't give me any problems. For the first week and a half though, I was very nauseous and felt like I needed to throw up and I was very gassy! The nausea has subsided, but the gas still comes back occasionally. It's terribly smelly and I guess it helps to flush your body with a ton of water! I drank 60oz in one day and that seemed to make things better. BUT, before that, I was really gassy and couldn't poop!
I went through planned parenthood and there is a government program that doesn't make me pay for the ring!
I have been on the Nuvaring for about 2 weeks now. I am going to use the 4 month supply received from my doc just to see how it rides out. So far I feel my mood swings have actually balanced out. I felt mood swings before and I was on no birth control. I have also seen a complete drop in my sex-drive. My vagina feels dry and raw, so having sex hurts (even more reason for me to not want to do it). And from what it looks like from some other users, it might get worse for me. But who knows.
I've been on the ring for almost two years, and I am ready to switch! It works great for the whole "not getting pregnant" thing, but my acne is the worst it's ever been, and my migraines are hell. They're predictable at least. I've been getting them due to estrogen withdrawal, so they occur within days (recently only 1 day) after I take the ring out, and last 3 days, but they've been getting worse and worse every single month. I can't do this anymore. Anything is better than waking up hourly to dry heave while in severe pain (my most recent, and worst episode to date). I do recommend it, but not for longer than a year.
This was the first form of birth control I took. I was on it for about 5 years. It's a fantastic form of birth control; You only have to remember to take it out every 3 weeks, no mood swings, no weight gain (I actually lost 20 pounds while using the ring from switching to a healthy lifestyle), and my boyfriend doesn't feel it during sex. I recently switched to an oral contraceptive, only because the ring was costing me $60 a month. If cost isn't an issue, I highly recommend trying it.
I have been on the NuvaRing for almost 6 years, I decided to try it due to the fact that I had a hard time remembering to take the pill every day. I absolutely love the ring and have recommended it to most of my friends. What first was initially hard for me was remembering what day and how many weeks it was in, I found an app for my phone which helped tremendously. The pros are definitely that you don't have to take it every day and it's comfortable, I sometimes forget that it is there. Cons would have to be the decrease in sex drive but a little exercise helps with that. I've had no pregnancy scares or break through bleeding. All in all the ring beats the pill and the Depo shot.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Hannah Danielle (taken for 1 to 6 months):
After I had my son I was pretty leery about birth control because my cycle was so heavy and harsh. But! I decided to try the Nuvaring, and it has been one of the best choices I have made! Its so easy and I only have to worry about it once a month! Awesome right? It's helped regulate my periods and control my cramps. Safe to say I love my birth control!
I started taking this 2 years ago. I chose it because how easy it is to use and you don't have to remember to take it every day. Big plus. On the downside I did gain some weight. I also have experienced mood swings and last summer I had sun spots on my face (NEVER had those before!). I'm going to stop using it soon because I'm tired of the mood swings!
Review by Lucya smith (taken for less than 1 month):
I was off birth control for a while considering getting pregnant. I had used other types of birth control before, the pill, the patch, etc. I decided to get back on birth control but didn't want to worry about taking a daily pill so I requested the Nuvaring. When I started the Nuvaring I felt it inside my body and had a lot of cramps. A few days later I started experiencing more cramps and very strong upper stomach pain. They were so bad I missed work for a week. Finally I ended up going to the ER and they couldn't figure out what was wrong. I finally asked the doctor and it was the Nuvaring side effects.
I wish I started using this before but hesitated because of the size and hardness of the ring. I didn't know then that it kind of softens a bit when inside your vaginal canal. During the first week of use, I did experience some vaginal discharge. This is normal though because it is a foreign object inside you. It did subside after a couple of days probably because my body got used to it. I also had a very very slight mood swing, nothing that I can't handle, but it went away after 2 weeks or so. My hubby said that he doesn't feel it during sex, which I'm so glad. Overall, this is an awesome birth control for me being a very busy nursing student. I'm also a self-pay patient, but my dr. gave me a 50% off discount card for the next 12 rings. 10%u2605s
I've been on the Nuvaring for about 6 months! Best birth control yet. My acne is cleared and I've lost a few pounds too. Only negative is partner says its uncomfortable during sex. Other than that I love it.
I have been using Nuvaring for two years. And I LOVE it. I don't have to think about it, very low hormones. Before I started using the ring I had terrible periods. I would be stuck at home for at least a day because my cramps were that awful. My periods would also last up to ten days. After I started it my periods became normal, five days long, and significantly less cramps. I gained maybe 10 pounds, and two cup sizes.
I have been using the Nuvaring for 4 or 5 months now and really love it overall aside from one annoying side affect. It is super convenient, easy to insert and remove, lightens my period, and has caused no emotional or physical side effects but ONE. Gas. Bloaty, trapped, frustrating, painful gas. It's very unfortunate because otherwise, it's a great birth control.
I've dealt with it hoping it would go away after a few months, but it hasn't. If you think it's an insignificant enough side effect to cope with, maybe it's the right one for you to try. I'm considering changing to a different one at the end of my next cycle.
I'm 17 and I've been using Nuvaring for a little over a month. Aside from not being able to get as wet and some random mood swings, I think it's great! It's my first form of birth control, its SO simple. It has only fallen out once during sex but other than that no discomfort or problems on my part or my boyfriends. NO PREGNANCY SCARES. Also I've noticed that my breasts have gotten bigger. No complaints there. I'd for sure recommend Nuvaring to others to try out.
13 users found this comment helpful.
I was 18 when I used this. The only problem I had with it was emotional side effects. Bear in mind every birth control affects everyone differently. However I didn't even realize how bad it was getting until my boyfriend and I almost broke up because I was freaking out and over reacting to everything. It was awful. Oh and my breasts got bigger. But that was a positive thing.
I loved the NuvaRing because it was convenient. I switched from an IUD so I didn't want something that I had to take all the time like the pill (like most women). I didn't have any physical cramps or spotting and I left it in during sex and it never came out. Very useful.
I don't recommend you skip your period with this. It makes the emotional issues worse.
15 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on the ring for 3 months. My favorite part is how low maintainence it is. I was worried that I would feel it or I wouldn't know the proper way to insert it but I can't feel it once I pop it in and my doctor said that as long as its in then you're doing it right. My sex drive is still the same. I just don't get wet if I don't drink a lot of water. I think I get dehydrated easily on the ring. My boyfriend can feel it during sex and it hurts him but I take it out. The only down side is my period. I get really moody and a heavier flow.
10 users found this comment helpful.
I started using this product after my 1st child was born at age 19, at first I was a bit nervous about the side effects and all but after a few months of using it I was relieved of how awesome it worked. I had no side effects, no weight gain, my periods where regular, except that my partner was able to feel it which was no problem. Anyhow I'm going to 4 years of using the NuvaRing and I've started to get many side effects, from many headaches to low sex drive and a lot of Breast tenderness. I'm really disappointed in having to change my birth control because it was so easy to use and I never had a problem with it at all.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Been on Nuvaring for about a month now, so far so good. I've had my share of troubles with trying to find the perfect birth control and it seems I've found it with Nuvaring. I switched from pills which caused major weight gain and significant side effects after prolonged use. I haven't experienced any serious side effects besides slight nausea/dizziness from time to time with Nuvaring. Other than that I can't complain.... 5 stars in my book.
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