Hi, I just came back from the gynecologist. She wasn't very helpful with the questions I had.. So I'm supposed to insert it the first day of my period, correct? And then three weeks later I take it out? How long after inserting it will I be safe to have sex? And is it safe to have sex while on my period, or is that week a no-no? Thanks!
Yes you insert it the first day of your period and leave it in place for three weeks then you take it out for a week so you have a four week cycle. During the first week, you should use back up barrier protection (condoms in other words, unless you happen to have a diaphragm) for the first week. After the first week you are protected. Your period should start during the week you do not wear a NuvaRing. It is okay to have sex during this week-you are still protected because the ring will have prevented ovulation for the month. Insert the new ring on the same day of the week it was inserted in the last cycle, even if your menstrual period has not ended yet.
The NuvaRing vaginal ring will not prevent pregnancy if you wear it only during intercourse. You must wear the ring for 3 full weeks, followed by 1 full week without a ring. The timing of ring insertion and removal is very important for this medicine to be effective as a form of birth control.
The ring does not need to be removed during sexual intercourse. If the ring is bothersome, you may remove it, rinse it with warm water, and reinsert it after intercourse. Do not leave the ring out for longer than 3 hours.
To dispose of a used NuvaRing, place it in the foil pouch it came in and throw it away where children and pets cannot get to it. Do not flush the ring down a toilet. Be sure that you periodically check to make sure it is in place. It is not a bad idea to check each morning, perhaps while in the shower, then always check again prior to intercourse just in case the ring is expelled and you didnt see it. That way you know before sex that the ring is in place and you wont make the mistake of having sex then finding out there wasnt a ring in place so no protection. If the ring ever falls out during the 3-week wearing time, rinse it with warm water and reinsert it. If it slides down into the lower part of the vagina, use a finger to push it in farther. If the ring is lost, a new vaginal ring should be inserted as soon as possible and the schedule continued without change. Do not leave a ring out for longer than 3 hours.
During week 1 or 2 of wearing time: If a ring has been out of the vagina for more than 3 hours, you may not be protected from pregnancy. You must use a back-up birth control until the new or replaced ring has been in place for 7 days in a row.
During week 3 of wearing time: If a ring has been out of the vagina for more than 3 hours, you may either insert a new ring and start a new 3-week cycle, or you may wait 7 days (and have a menstrual period) before you insert a new ring. You must use back-up birth control until the new or replaced ring has been in place for 7 days in a row.
Avoid leaving the NuvaRing in place for longer than 3 weeks. Call your doctor if you get off the proper schedule for use and non-use of the vaginal ring. Do not wear more than one ring at a time. Does that help clear things up?
Hi I am currently on the depot provera and I only have one more week before it expires. I am getting on a new birth control the nuvaring and I was wondering do I have to wait for my period to start or can I go ahead and start using the nuvaring since I am currently on the depot ?
- NuvaRing Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of NuvaRing (detailed)
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