I've never used birth control before and i wanted to know if this can stop my period of i dont put it in during my period
Here is how to use NuvaRing. You should put it in Day 1-the day you start your period. (It may or may not stop your bleeding. It is different for each woman. If you put it in sometime between periods, it can throw your cycle way off so it is best to wait for your cycle to begin. If you use it Day 1, you are protected right away and dont have to use back up protection!)
How should I use NuvaRing®?
For the best protection from pregnancy, use NuvaRing® exactly as directed. Insert one NuvaRing® in the vagina and keep it in place for three weeks in a row. Remove it for a one-week break and then insert a new ring. During the one-week break, you will usually have your menstrual period. Your healthcare provider should examine you at least once a year to see if there are any signs of side effects of NuvaRing® use.
When should I start NuvaRing®?
Follow the instructions in one of the sections below to find out when to start using NuvaRing®:
If you did not use a hormonal contraceptive in the preceding cycle
Insert NuvaRing® on the first day of your cycle, (i.e., the first day of menstrual bleeding). NuvaRing® will work immediately, it is not necessary to use an additional contraceptive method. You may also start on days 2–5 of your cycle, but in this case make sure you also use an extra method of birth control (barrier method), such as male condoms or spermicide for the first seven days of NuvaRing® use in the first cycle.
If you are changing from a combined hormonal contraceptive pill or patch (containing both progestin and estrogen)
Switch from your previous combined hormonal contraceptive on any day, but at the latest on the day following the usual hormone-free interval by inserting NuvaRing®. If you have been using your hormonal contraceptive method consistently and correctly, no extra birth control method should be needed.
If you are changing from a progestagen-only method (minipill, implant or injection) or from a progestagen-releasing intrauterine system (IUS)
You may switch on any day from a minipill. You should switch from an implant or the IUS on the day of its removal and from an injectable on the day when the next injection would be due. In all of these cases, you should use an extra method of birth control, such as a male condom or spermicide, for the first seven days of ring use.
Following first trimester abortion or miscarriage
If you start using NuvaRing® within five days after a complete first trimester abortion or miscarriage, you do not need to use an extra method of contraception.
If NuvaRing® is not started within five days after a first trimester abortion or miscarriage, begin NuvaRing® at the time of your next menstrual period. Counting the first day of your menstrual period as "Day 1", insert NuvaRing® on or before Day 5 of the cycle, even if you have not finished bleeding. During this first cycle, use an extra method of birth control, such as male condoms or spermicide, for the first seven days of ring use.
How do I insert NuvaRing®?
Each NuvaRing® comes in a reclosable foil pouch. After washing and drying your hands, remove NuvaRing® from its foil pouch. Keep the foil pouch for proper disposal of the ring after use. Choose the position that is most comfortable for you. For example, lying down, squatting, or standing with one leg up.
Hold NuvaRing® between your thumb and index finger and press the opposite sides of the ring together
Gently push the folded ring into your vagina. The exact position of NuvaRing® in the vagina is not important for it to work
Although some women may be aware of NuvaRing® in the vagina, most women do not feel it once it is in place. If you feel discomfort, NuvaRing® is probably not inserted back far enough in the vagina. Use your finger to gently push the NuvaRing® farther into your vagina. There is no danger of NuvaRing® being pushed too far up in the vagina or getting lost. NuvaRing® can be inserted only as far as the end of the vagina, where the cervix (the narrow, lower end of the uterus) will block NuvaRing® from going any farther.
Once inserted, keep NuvaRing® in place for three weeks in a row.
How do I remove NuvaRing®?
Remove the ring three weeks after insertion on the same day of the week as it was inserted, at about the same time of day.
You can remove NuvaRing® by hooking the index finger under the forward rim or by holding the rim between the index and middle finger and pulling it out (Figure 4).
Place the used ring in the foil pouch and properly dispose of it in a waste receptacle out of the reach of children and pets. Do not throw it in the toilet.
Your menstrual period will usually start two to three days after the ring is removed and may not have finished before the next ring is inserted. To continue to have pregnancy protection, you must insert the new ring one week after the last one was removed, even if your menstrual period has not stopped.
If you locate the ring in your vagina, but are unable to remove it, please contact your healthcare provider.
When do I insert a new ring?
After no more than a one-week ring-free break, insert a new ring on the same day of the week as it was removed in the last cycle. If the ring-free interval has been extended beyond one week, the possibility of pregnancy should be considered, and an extra method of birth control, such as male condoms or spermicide, MUST be used until NuvaRing® has been used continuously for seven days.
If NuvaRing® slips out:
NuvaRing® can accidentally slip out of the vagina while removing a tampon, during intercourse, or straining during a bowel movement. If NuvaRing® slips out of the vagina and it has been out for less than three hours, you should still be protected from pregnancy. NuvaRing® can be rinsed with cool to lukewarm (not hot) water and reinserted as soon as possible, and at the latest within three hours of removal or expulsion (slipping out).
If NuvaRing® is out of the vagina for more than three continuous hours:
During Weeks 1 and 2: If the ring has been out of the vagina for more than three continuous hours during the 1st or 2nd week of use, contraceptive effectiveness may be reduced. Reinsert ring as soon as you remember and use an extra method of birth control, such as male condoms or spermicide, until the ring has been used continuously for seven days.
During Week 3: If NuvaRing® slips out of the vagina for more than three continuous hours during the 3rd week of the three-week use period, throw the ring away and choose one of the following two options.
Insert a new ring immediately. Inserting a new ring will start the next three-week use period. You may not experience a period from your previous cycle. However, breakthrough spotting or bleeding may occur.
Have your period and insert a new ring no later than seven days (7×24 hours) from the time the previous ring was removed or expelled. This option should only be chosen if the ring was used continuously for the preceding seven days.
In addition, a barrier method such as condoms or spermicides must be used until the ring has been used continuously for seven days.
Women with conditions affecting the vagina, such as a prolapsed (dropped) uterus, may be more likely to have NuvaRing® slip out of the vagina. If NuvaRing® slips out repeatedly, you should consult with your healthcare provider.
If NuvaRing® is in your vagina too long:
If NuvaRing® has been left in your vagina for an extra week or less (four weeks total or less), you will remain protected. Remove NuvaRing® and insert a new ring after a one-week ring-free break.
If NuvaRing® has been left in place for more than four weeks, you may not be adequately protected from pregnancy and you must check to be sure you are not pregnant. You MUST use an extra method of birth control, such as male condoms or spermicide, until the new NuvaRing® has been in place for seven days in a row.
If you miss a menstrual period:
You must check to be sure that you are not pregnant if:
you miss a period and NuvaRing® was out of the vagina for more than three hours during the three weeks of ring use
you miss a period and waited longer than one week to insert a new ring
you have followed the instructions and you miss two periods in a row
you have left NuvaRing® in place for longer than four weeks
Can I use tampons when using NuvaRing®?
Use of tampons will not reduce the contraceptive efficacy of NuvaRing®. Insert NuvaRing® before inserting a tampon. You should pay particular attention when removing a tampon to be sure that the ring is not accidentally pulled out. If this should occur, simply rinse the ring in cool to lukewarm (not hot) water and immediately reinsert it.
Can I use vaginal medications?
Use of spermicides or vaginal yeast products will not reduce the contraceptive efficacy of NuvaRing®.
What should I do if my NuvaRing® disconnects?
There have been reported cases of NuvaRing® disconnecting at the weld joint causing the ring to change shape and straighten out. This is not expected to affect the contraceptive effectiveness of NuvaRing®. If NuvaRing® disconnects, expulsion (slipping out) is more likely to occur (see "If NuvaRing® slips out"). If you discover the ring has disconnected, you should discard the ring and replace it with a new ring.
NuvaRing® is unlikely to cause an overdose because the ring holding the medicine releases a steady amount of contraceptive hormones. Do not use more than one ring at a time. Overdose of combination hormonal contraceptives may cause nausea, vomiting, or vaginal bleeding.
(I just want to insert here a bit about Plan b. Dont NOT use Plan b as back up. Be sure to check, before sex, that your ring has been in place. If it has not and it has been out more than three hours, use condoms NOT Plan b. Plan b is a huge blast of hormones and this can lead to too many hormones giving you some of these signs and symptoms mentioned in this section)
How effective is NuvaRing®?
If NuvaRing® is used according to the directions, your chance of getting pregnant is about 1 to 2% a year. This means that, for every 100 women who use NuvaRing® for a year, one or two will become pregnant. Your chance of getting pregnant increases if NuvaRing® is not used exactly according to the directions. So this means NuvaRing is about 98-99% effective. No birth control is 100% except for abstinence.
- NuvaRing Information for Consumers
- NuvaRing Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of NuvaRing (detailed)
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