... take it out? Do I take it out when I was supposed to take it out regularly? Or do I go till Thursday to take it out when the three weeks are done?
Hello! I was on Nuvaring for a year or so. I hope this is helpful...
Your question isn't super specific, so the details are hazy, but it seems that you took out your Nuvaring, for the (normal) one-week time frame, to have your menstrual cycle. Then you forgot to put your new one in, until 2 or 3 days late; Thursday, instead of Tuesday, which would have been the correct day to put a new one in.
If that is the case, don't worry too much. It happens.You can take it out at your (regular) normal time this month, to get it "back on schedule". HOWEVER, if you're sexually active and using this for birth control, you should use another form - I believe condoms are best and safest - for at least a week. This is my #1 recommendation, because you may have lost some effectiveness of the birth control from the Nuvaring.
My doctor had me keep the Nuvaring in for the whole 30 days, then switch to a new one, without having a period. *Don't do this unless your doctor says to. I'm simply sharing my experience & knowledge* ... So it's not harmful if you accidentally leave it in a little longer. HOWEVER, this could throw off your cycle, so please mind your days and change it as instructed by your doctor. This is also why I recommend changing it at your regular time, even though you were late - it could throw off your cycle.
If you take the Nuvaring all 30 days, like I used to (no period) - again - it's okay, but you should probably change it at the 30 days from the time you put the new one in. So it will be late, but you should be leaving it in 30 days. If you take it out early, it will make your prescription early. That is a whole other problem.
I hope this makes sense and helps you! I'm not quoting any packaging information. This is simply from my personal experience. I do know a lot, but I am *not* a medical professional. It's always recommended to ask your doctor, BEFORE trying ANY online advice. This is to help you feel better, and get a general idea of things until you can talk to your doctor. So, please call your doctor (or pharmacist) ASAP, if you are still unsure.
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