I had my nuvaring in until maybe the beginning or middle of week 3 then took it out to have sex, but forgot to put it back in because i got into a large fight with a roomate and just left for work. after 8 hours i came home realizing i hadn't put it in when it was still on my nightstand so i read my pamphlet but apparently read it wrong. i put a new one in thinking i should just continue with my normal schedule then took it out last thursday per my usual schedule. it is now monday and i still don't have my period and i don't know if i should leave it out until i get it, or put a new one in on thursday as usual. please help. i told my boyfriend no more sex until i figure out what to do. i really don't want to get pregnant
Put a new one in on thursday whether or not you get a period. Your body is probably a little confused. You never alter the schedule according to what your body is doing. Its 3 weeks in one out no matter what.
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.
So if you replaced it, you should have started a new three week cycle starting that day but since you didnt, just replace it as scheduled on Thursday and continue to use back up or abstain until the new one has been in a week. I hope that you have been using back up since the day it was left out!
- NuvaRing Information for Consumers
- NuvaRing Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of NuvaRing (detailed)
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