NuvaRing® & Periods
Currently millions of women use the NuvaRing, a vaginal contraceptive ring, as their method of birth control. If you are thinking about using a NuvaRing, it is important to gather as much information about the device so you can make the best decision for your own body.
Most women, before using the NuvaRing, ask about how the device will affect their period. This is a common concern among women before starting any course of birth control, and in fact, some women use birth control specifically to regulate their periods.
Do You Have a Period When the NuvaRing® Is In?
You are not supposed to. The NuvaRing® is intended to be worn for three consecutive weeks during which you should not have a period. After the third week, the NuvaRing® is taken out, and it is during the fourth week, that you are expected to have a period.
NuvaRing: Early or Late Periods:
Although most women have regular periods while using the NuvaRing, this does not mean it will necessarily hold true for you. In fact, some women will experience early or late periods while using the NuvaRing®, depending on how their bodies react to the hormones. If your period cycle changes dramatically when you start using the hormonal vaginal ring, you should talk to your doctor.
NuvaRing® Long or Short Periods
The same holds true about period length. Because every woman's body is different and responds differently to hormones, some women may experience longer or shorter periods than they are used to while using the NuvaRing. If your period length changes, do not panic; you may want to discuss your concerns with your doctor though.
No Period After Removing NuvaRing®
Some women have written reviews about their experiences with the NuvaRing. Many women share the same complaint that after they discontinue use of the NuvaRing® they did not have their period right away. It may take your body a little time to adjust to the change in hormones, so again, don't panic.
Skipping Periods on NuvaRing®
If you have a big trip coming up or an event that you do not want your period hanging around for, it is possible to skip your period by doubling up on the NuvaRing. So, instead of taking the NuvaRing® out after three weeks and leaving it out for the fourth week, simply take it out and replace it with a new NuvaRing® immediately.
Do not leave the same ring in for the entire time, though. Although this method is said to be safe, you should probably consult your doctor before doing it.
Spotting Between Periods
One of the common side effects of NuvaRing® is breakthrough bleeding, or spotting between periods. Especially if you double up on the NuvaRing® to skip a period, you may experience a light spotting. Although this is a normal side effects, if you experience excessive or abnormally heavy bleeding between menstrual cycles, you should consult your doctor to make sure everything is OK.
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