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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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!
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
Review by Hannah Danielle (taken for 1 to 6 months):
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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!
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for 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):
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
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NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
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NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
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NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
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NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: 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.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: I've used the NuvaRing for 2 years before my husband & I decided to have a child. I have been on it now for a month. I absolutely love this form of birth control! Pros: no need to remember to take it everyday. Easy to use. Just insert it & go. Have never gotten pregnant on it. I haven't had any issues with it coming out at all. Periods are less painful.
Cons: low...very low sex drive, which is starting to become a slight issue. Headaches. I've been more tired lately than usual.
There are more pros than cons, so I'm planning on sticking with it. So far this is my favorite method & I will not use any other kind!!! (Besides condoms)
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: So, I'm young, no pregnancies etc. I was on the pill for a while, I had no negative side effects, but wanted something a little more safe. I then was on Depo, which was absolutely miserable. I was depressed, sex hurt, and my libido was gone. When I switched to the ring, all had been restored. It took 3 or 4 months to regulate, but I am so happy I waited. I am finally happy. And, the best part, my libido is back! This is the best, most fool-proof low-hormone birth control, and it is perfect for me!
I only have 3 complaints with this.
1. My boyfriend can feel it, and says it sometime hurts. But I usually remove it during intercourse
2. There is more discharge
3. This product is expensive. I receive it for free, but if I had to pay for it, I might not be on it.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: My boyfriend and I discovered that it made him go soft after about 10-15 minutes! It must be something to do with the hormones releasing...I don'tknow. All I know is he would go soft every time when I had it in and ever since I switched back to the pill he hasn't!
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: I've been absolutely in love with the Nuvaring for 6 years.
Pros: I've had clear skin, very mild bloating-no bloating and no weight gain that I would associate with this form of birth control. I love not thinking about taking something every day and have never gotten pregnant! Admittedly taking it out the first time scared me, but was super fast, easy and not gross.
Cons: Nuvaring made me more prone to yeast infections and irritation than before I used it. It also caused an ammonia-like odor for the week or two after I inserted a new ring.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: I am a 26 yo, no babies or pregnancies. I am very sensitive to hormones. The pill made me almost suicidal so my doc suggested the ring. The first month went ok. The second month I developed a horrible yeast infection a few days after insertion. I took Diflucan and the symptoms seems to reside. But the next month the same thing! A few days after insertion a horrible yeast infection! I took Diflucan and it did not clear up. My doc recommended that Monistat works better so I tried that too. I even had my partner get tested to make sure he wasn't carrying it. The Monistat did not clear it either. I had terrible pain and burning and finally just took Nuvaring out early. The symptoms went away almost immediately.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: Weight gain. And I feel very bloated all the time. Diminished libido also. But, its better than taking a pill everyday. Also has cleared up my acne!
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: I was on NuvaRing for a little over a year, and finally took it out because it caused too many negative symptoms that I tries to ignore because it was an easy and reliable birth control method. I constantly had hard, cystic bumps on the jawline which would flare up twice a month, moodiness, random stabbing pain in my abdomen. When I finally gave it up, it was because it was preventing pregnancy, but sex was pretty pointless while on it because I had so much vaginal irritation, and it was making me emotional because I could not enjoy it at all. I've been off NuvaRing for two months now, and these symptoms are gone, so I know they were linked. My skin is clearing up, and the irritation is gone.
NuvaRing (ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel) for Birth Control: At first I had the Paragard for four months and it was excruciatingly painful. Come to find out, I have Endometriosis and that's why I was in so much pain. My doctor prescribed me Nuvaring as treatment for my Endometriosis and as birth control. So far, I love it. I keep it in continually, so I don't get periods. The only downside is it makes me very nauseous when I first put a new one in. Other than that, I love that I don't have to remember to take it everyday and my sex drive hasn't changed a bit.
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