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I am on the nuvaring and am due to take it out the 24th (Tuesday). I am already very very slightly spotting. I am getting married on the 28th (Saturday!) Basically I am wondering if I should either leave it in a 5th week (your allowed to do that) OR when I take the ring out and immediately put in a new ring (your also allowed to do that in cases like mine)??? Any one have any suggestions? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Basically I am wondering if I should either leave it in a 5th week</div>
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You mean leave it in a *4th* week, right? Because, normally, you would wear it for 3 weeks, remove for the 4th week (the week you'll have a period) and then put a new one in at the end of that week. If my understanding is correct, you are fine to leave it in up to 4 weeks, but after that, you are unprotected against pregnancy. Here's an explanation:<br><a href="http://www.nuvaring.com/Consumer/user/aboutNuvaRing/whatElseShouldIKnow/index.asp#177479" target="_blank">http://www.nuvaring.com/Consumer/use...dex.asp#177479</a><br><br>
If you want to skip your period, I think it would be best to remove the ring on the correct day and immediately insert a new one. I did this with birth control pills to adjust my period so it wouldn't hit during my honeymoon. Google "nuva ring" and "skip a period" and you'll get some info. Best wishes on your wedding!
 

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OMG I feel so dumb. I have been leaving it in for 4 weeks at a time. (this is only my 3rd month on nuvaring, first time EVER using hormonal BC!) So I guess that means the only choice now is to put a new one in right away.<br>
Wow. I swear I did read the instructions!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Congratulations on your wedding!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OMG I feel so dumb. I have been leaving it in for 4 weeks at a time. (this is only my 3rd month on nuvaring, first time EVER using hormonal BC!) So I guess that means the only choice now is to put a new one in right away.<br>
Wow. I swear I did read the instructions!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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You are NOT dumb. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Those silly instruction manuals are tiny and hard to read! I always find the website instructions much easier. And, your doctor (or more likely, the nurse) should have helped make sure you understood how to use it. With three weeks on, one off, you are mimicking what a normal 28-day cycle would be. Luckily, you were probably fairly well protected even though you left it in an extra week. But, that could be the reason for your spotting.
 

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Well thanks for your help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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congratulations on your wedding!!<br><br>
yes, you should leave it in three weeks, then take it out to have a period week. I used to leave it in for four weeks to skip my period. If you've already left it in four weeks, put a new one in immediately and you should skip your period just fine
 

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Only slightly off-topic - How do you (and Texaspeach) like nuva? I have been thinking about trying it. I've been on birth control for years (10ish). I use the tricyclic pills so that there is a slightly lower dose of hormones, but I do have problems if I ever miss a dose. I CANNOT double up on a dose because it makes me very nauseous. I have a sensitive stomach. So, if I get sick from the flu or something, I'm in trouble when it comes to catching up and staying protected. Have you had many side effects? Can you feel it once inserted (I know they say you can't - but I don't know anyone IRL who uses nuva). How much does it cost each month?
 

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I'm on the pill but most of my friends on Nuva Ring love it. There were two exceptions: one of my friends bled a lot during sex while on the ring and another friend of mine passed a huge, huge clot in between periods while on the ring.
 

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I did not like the nuvaring. I really wanted to like it, but it just was not a good match with my body. I did like the convience of it, and it didn't make me feel sick to my stomach all the time like the pill did. However, I did have a lot of vaginal irritation, horrible breast pain, my skin hurt, mood swings, no sex drive and break through bleeding (probably because I was skipping periods though). I've tried a couple of different kinds of hormonal birth control through the years and none of it seemed to agree with me so we chart to avoid now. The nuvaring is a great idea though, and if I'd had only one or two side effects I would have stayed on it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Only slightly off-topic - How do you (and Texaspeach) like nuva? I have been thinking about trying it. I've been on birth control for years (10ish). I use the tricyclic pills so that there is a slightly lower dose of hormones, but I do have problems if I ever miss a dose. I CANNOT double up on a dose because it makes me very nauseous. I have a sensitive stomach. So, if I get sick from the flu or something, I'm in trouble when it comes to catching up and staying protected. Have you had many side effects? Can you feel it once inserted (I know they say you can't - but I don't know anyone IRL who uses nuva). How much does it cost each month?</div>
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I liked NuvaRing at first but I found that the longer I was on it, the worse the side effects got. I suspect this was because the hormone levels were building up slightly in my body as I continued to use it, but I'm not a doctor. My major problem was that it made me feel messed up emotionally - I would cry A LOT! I couldn't feel it once it was inserted - physically it felt fine except for it seemed to decrease my sex drive. Also there is no generic NuvaRing and my health insurance considers it a Tier 3 drug meaning they would charge me a "copay" of $45 a month! I think you can buy it without insurance for slightly less than that per month. Basically they are encouraging people not to use it - generic BCP is $12 per month! I switched back to BCP a few months ago and I'm happy I did.
 

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For me the nuvaring had less side effects than the pills I'd been taking before it. It was also easier to deal with than the pills (nothing to pack on trips unless I travelled on the one weekend I had to do anything).<br><br>
The next time I do birth control though, it's going to be NFP/FAM.
 

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I was on Nuva Ring for about a year. I liked it better than any other chemical birth control I tried. It had the convenience factor that the pill didn't, and it didn't make me fat and depressed like Depo Provera did. It was super easy to manipulate my periods, or skip them if needed, and I didn't have any side effects from it that I didn't have from any birth control.<br><br>
In the end, I got off it because chemical birth control pills has always decreased my sex drive, and increased my migraines. We are back on condoms now, while I learn about FAM.<br><br>
Rebecca
 
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