Tuesday, June 19, 2007

NuvaRing vs. the Pill

Nuvaring has the same contraceptive efficacy as the Pill with lower systemic estrogen exposure, more consistent serum estrogen levels and better cycle control, but more local adverse events resulting in higher discontinuation rates.*

A review of twelve randomized controlled trials comparing the combined contraceptive vaginal ring (NuvaRing) and the [30-μg] combined oral contraceptive pill (Pill) found that:

1. Systemic exposure to estrogen with NuvaRing was approximately 50% of that for the Pill (15 μg EE per day vs. 30 μg EE per pill).

(Unfortunately, the influence of the lower EE exposure with the [NuvaRing] on lipid metabolism and coagulation factors remains unknown, as no RCTs between [NuvaRing] and the [Pill] on these important metabolic parameters have yet been published.)

2. Despite the lower systemic exposure to EE, the incidence of estrogen-related adverse events such as breast tenderness, headache and nausea was not significantly different between both treatment modalities.

3. No apparent differences between both methods were found in blood pressure changes, body weight changes or decreasing rates of PMS and dysmenorrhea [pain] complaints.

4. Contraceptive efficacy during the first year of use was excellent and comparable between NuvaRing and the Pill. (This finding should be interpreted with caution, of course, as it is not predictive of the long-term contraceptive results.)

5. Better cycle control with NuvaRing than with the Pill.

6. The vaginal route of hormone administration was associated with higher incidences of local adverse events such as leukorrhea [discharge], vaginal discomfort, vaginitis and ring-related events comprising foreign body sensation, coital problems and expulsions than the oral route.

7. Discontinuation rates due to local and ring-related adverse events were higher in the NuvaRing groups than in the Pill groups.

8. Incidences of serious adverse events were low and comparable in both groups. (However, the number of participants in the studies was too small and the duration of the studies too short to provide any reliable information on the incidence of infrequent but serious adverse events like thromboembolism.)

9. Both NuvaRing and the Pill were found to be highly acceptable methods of contraception.

10. Compared with women not using hormonal contraception, both women using NuvaRing and the Pill reported a global improvement of sexual function.


[*quote slightly modified for clarity]

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72 Comments:

At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing about depression? really? i guess it makes sense, since it's so rarely focused on with the pill, but of the first four women i know who went on nuvaring, three were ready to kill themselves within two weeks. they stopped, and so did the depression. but they all reacted the same way to different pills.

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

more needs to be published about how the NuvaRing affects moods...within 5 days of being on it, I turned into a depressed, anxious, paranoid lunatic, calling my boyfriend 1 times a day. Now he wants a "break". Thanks Nuvaring.

 
At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found Nuvaring to be awesome. It took about 3 months for my body to get used to it. Nausea was the worst initial side effect. It's been about 6 months now, and the only side effect I can say now I have is extreme moodiness when I take it out for my "period"! I'm thinking about shortening the break week so that I don't have to cry every day and be so agitated.

 
At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any hormonal contraceptive can have mood/depression issues. For me, Nuvaring is by FAR the best as far as the mood issues go. Every pill I was on gave me moderate to extreme mood swings. I have found Nuvaring to not have these issues.

Actually I have no side effects other than lowered libido (again, I've had that with EVERY hormonal contraceptive I've been on).

 
At 8:46 PM, Blogger girl said...

I am a paranoid lunatic on the Nuvaring! Every night I feel like ghosts are following me

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so i was on the pill for about a year and gained ten puonds off it! so i went off it. does nuvaring make you have an increase in appetite?

 
At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Stay or Go? said...

I've been on the Nuva Ring for just over two weeks now. I like not having to take a daily pill, but I am experiencing vaginal discomfort. I took it out about an hour and a half ago, to see if my symptoms would lessen and they have a bit. I hate to go off it, because I hear a lot of good things about the ring and I'd like to believe that my body is still adjusting to it...but I don't want to be naive, either.

In addition to the discomfort, I was depressed the first week (which could have been a bad week at work and/or unseasonable cloudy weather, so I'm not blaming that entirely on the NR, but I don't think it helped); I've also noticed an increase in my appetite. I'm not necessarily hungry, though, I just have a nearly constant desire to stuff my face.

Has anyone else had similar side effects who stayed on the ring? Did your side effects (mainly vaginal irritation) subside or continue?

 
At 3:51 AM, Blogger Erin said...

after a year and a half i am getting off the ring. I can't really tell if it had an extreme effect on my mood b/c so much was changing. But it did have a terrible effect on my vagina. Due to the constant irritation, my vagina was so constricted that my husband and I couldn't even have sex without extreme pain. I had no idea that could be the culprit until I finally talked not only to a Gyn, but to a pelvic pain specialist

 
At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the ring! The first few weeks i did have some vaginal discomfort, but it went away 100%. I dont have to remember to take a pill or even think about it! I have not had any mood swings, depression, hunger....none of that. I love this thing!

 
At 3:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping for someone to blog about problems with the nuva ring falling out while masterbating anyone else have this problem? i also am having problems with sex i have to adjust the ring before and after sex its a pain!! lately i have had some mood swings that i have never experianced at all and i have been on birthcontrol pills for 6 years. nuva ring is the first i am getting moody with and also feel like im 60 with all the hot flashes i get with it. but other than all them affects i love the ring. Does anyone else have them problems???

 
At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE being on the Nuva ring. I gained so much weight on BC Pills and then would forget to take them at the same time each day, but I dont have to worry about it with the Nuva Ring. I set an alarm to remind me to change it every 3 weeks. In the beginning I had vaginal irritation that drove me crazy, however it subsided and Im glad I continued to use it. I've had it come out during sex a with my husband a couple times but its not a big deal b/c you can go up to 3hrs with it out and it still be effective. I havent had any depression or other adverse effects other than local irritation in the very begining.

 
At 2:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I"m about to enter my 4th month on the Nuva Ring. So far, it's the best birth control I've tried. I've had migraines since I was 8 and am controlling them with other medication. For this reason, I've been unable to use oral contraception with both hormones before. The Nuva Ring has actually HELPED my migraines - the lack of high to low dose of oral contraception is omitted with this. Side effects I have had are increased vaginal discharge, nausea in the first 2 weeks I started. In the first month, I could really feel the ring inside, but that's lessened. I do remove it during intercourse as it causes cramping afterwards (my dr says you can leave it out up to 3 hrs). Period flow and cramping is definitely lessening. So far, I'm pretty happy with it.

 
At 4:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on Nuvaring for 9 months. At first I had no problems, but more recently, especially since I've started having sex with my boyfriend have noticed a lot of vaginal irritation especially after sex. I've been to my gyno 3 times in the last 2 months because I was horrified that the itching and irritation may be some sort of STD. They said they didn't think there was anything to worry about.I have been slightly more anxious at times.I have just started having random sharp chest pains and am starting to get worried that may be the cause. My sex drive had drastically decreased. I hardly have the will or want for sex and because when we do have sex it generally hurts me or causes irritation, it has greatly affected my sex life. I'd appreciate anyone's insight on this.I'm thinking about switching, but i don't know if the symptoms are severe enough to risk trying something new. I am particularly curious as to whether anyone else has had the decrease in sex drive other than the previous commenter.

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger ema said...

Anon @ 4:44 AM,

Since you've been using the ring for 9 mo without problems, it's unlikely your symptoms are caused by it.

Assuming you've already had all the routine tests to rule out an STI/infection, and the local irritants/etc. discussion with your Ob/Gyn, here's one thing you can try.

Start keeping track of when the symptoms occur, preferably for 2 mo or so. On a calendar, mark when you're having sex, when you're having withdrawal bleeding, etc. What you're looking for is to see if you can find a pattern.

You mentioned that you notice the vaginal irritation especially after sex. That's a clue. You can try removing the ring while you're having sex (don't leave it out for more than 3 hrs) and seeing if that makes a difference.

Or you can try switching the condom brand you use. A lot of times a particular brand can be an irritant.] Conversely, if you're not using a condom, try using one and see if that makes a difference. [Sometimes sperm can be an irritant.]

One more thing, re the random sharp chest pains. It's best to have that checked out even though it's highly unlikely the ring plays any role.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Erin McCoy said...

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At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive just started using it and i havent found any problems yet- but now im scared..
can i really take it out whilst having sex and then just put it back later on??
it seems so easy!

 
At 5:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just started using the ring and it's great so far. I've tried so many pills and haven't been able to continue with any of them because they make me incredibly depressed. Everyone's different but it's great to find a contraception that works for me!

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

has any one had really discoloured discharge? im worried

 
At 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just switched to the NR and was on Depo previously. I have been using the ring for 2 months now.

At first I thought the ring should be inserted so it was far up and I wouldn't be able to feel it with my finger - I was wrong, as long as the ring is in and touching your vaginal walls it is working. I checked with a doc @ a women's clinic. My only symptoms so far have been vaginal irritation (itching and slight burning) and unusually thick and slightly yellow discharge. I am about to put in my 3rd ring and by now there is no longer irritation and although I notice more discharge than when I was on Depo, it's significantly less than it was the first few weeks I started with the NR.

I leave it in all the time, have sex with it in and have never had a complaint from my fiancee about the feeling of it, even with manual stimulation. So far the NR is a keeper, I've decided to try and use it 4 weeks in a row to skip the week off and have a week off 4 times per year.

 
At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you sure it's 4 weeks and not 3 weeks in and then put a new one.. i thought by the 4th week the hormones would be dropping off... just make sure.. or you may end up with a lil surprise 9 months later..

also, just make sure that even though the irritation is gone that it doesn't start scarring you up.. that's what happened with me.. and the scarring caused vaginal constriction and thus, painful intercourse... :(

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do you know if you are getting scarring?
thats kind of freaking me out lol

 
At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i honestly don't really know how you tell before there is a problem. And it didn't seem permanent.. it just caused painful intercourse, sometimes impossible. I finally (after getting passed around to a bunch of gynos and NP, went to a pelvic pain specialist and he said the constant low-grade irritation of just having something in there all the time caused a little scarring and induced vaginismus http://www.minddisorders.com/Py-Z/Vaginismus.html which is more of a mind disorder.

So I quit the ring, got back on the pill.. was even told not to use tampons or put anything in there that gets left in there...and they gave me some stretching exercises and then finaly everything is back to normal... but it was a crappy year, esp since it was the first year we were married!!!

but this is supposed to be really uncommon... just watch your own body.. the thing was, the ring itself never really gave me any problems.. i never felt it or felt bothered by it... so.. i don't know.. just unlucky i guess

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was on it for 3 months, i went through 5, it would pull out with a tampoon, during sex and anyother time... hell it just fell out!
i am on the pill again. my moods were horrible on the ring, i would take it out and flip out! not good at all... it was ok while it lasted, but i had major discomfort with things going in and out of the vagina...
was not happy with it.

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMg I am reading some of these comments and now I know I was not alone on this. I was only on nuva ring for one week, and I was so depressed! also instantly felt the need to eat everything in site! I was doing good before this with my appetite, eatin healthy and what not, as soon as i popped it in i was concstantly stuffing my face. needless to say i took the ring out , and even though its been a few hours, i have no desire to eat, i was scaring myself with how much i was eatin past few days. nuva ring, you suck.

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on nuva ring for exactly a week, and not only was i depressed and cried more than usual , but my gosh I HATE EVERYTHING IN SITE. i was craving the greasiest fattiest food ever. I have had a normal appetite before this but i am scared to wiegh myself because all i did was stuff my face all week. needless to say, i took it out. and all the sudden i am not hungry, maybe its in my head but i defintly am not piggin out like i was

 
At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on the NuvaRing for what seems like at least five years now (or more). I absolutely love it. I was horrible about remembering when to take my pills before the Ring... and since there is no pill to take you don't have to worry about nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc - the hormones go straight into your bloodstream! My OBGYN has even just now given me permission to not have a period for 3 NuvaRings - so I would put in a new Ring every 3 weeks, but only after the third one would I go without a ring for one week. It will be so great to only have 4 periods per year!

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone else sting down there after climax from your partner? im worried im either allergic to him lol or its the rings fault

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

has any one tried having sex instead of eating wen u have a craving that u cant fill while on NR...cause it has helped me alot and that always seems to make that feeling of needing something go away.it seems like everyone is saying i have an ensashiable craving that i cant fill with food did anyone ever stop to think that this may just change ur sex drive not kill it. hormones control your feelings so why couldnt it make u feel or preceive the want for sex differently? once i figured out that trick i felt much much better and come to think of it i even lost weight after that. it did make me much more emotional but maybe that was all the change going on in my life...i cant blame it solely on NR but i do think it has played a role. but any hormonal also has any one with sensitive stomach had any improvements while on NR. I have been taking NR for almost 3 yrs now and havent had many problems with my stomach senistivity, but recently i had to discontinue usage and my stomach problems seemed to come right back almost immediately. i was just this month able to start on it again so we will see what is in store...the first month on any birth control is crazy for me. but does any one have any thoughts on the stomach thing?

 
At 1:21 AM, OpenID Fishgurl150 said...

Hi, I've been on the nuva ring for 7 months now and I've always been able to get wet down their before I got married and started using the ring, now I dnt seen to want sex that often cuz it's hard for me to get stimulated enough and get wet for sex like I was so easily able to just by looking at my husband. Has anyone had this problem with being to dry down there for sex? I'm really worried that I can't have sex without pain because I can't get wet down their with the NR.

 
At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Amanda said...

I've been using the ring for about a year & love it. None of the weight gain I experienced with oral contraceptives (Ortho-Tri-Ciclen, Yaz...others?). My periods are much more stable, I love not having to think about it DAILY, only monthly! For a while I was worried about it falling out during intercourse; I've been told I have a very shallow cervix, and I can feel it just about an inch or two up inside me. But I've never accidentally lost it, even when using tampons with it (a day or two of overlap when I put the new ring in usually).

Based on how it sits inside you, I'm sure you've gotta be physically a good fit for it. I recommend everyone trying many different contraceptives to find the right one for them. There's no fix-all for every woman on the planet; hormonal and physiological differences make us each good candidates for different methods.

But beware - my mother has a latex allergy & never did well on the pill either. She used a diaphragm after they had me, and I ended up with a surprised little sister!

 
At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really sensitive to meds. I tried three different birthcontrol methods and Nuvaring was the BEST. I have NO side effects at all. Well, The first day I took it I was a bit tired.. then the next two days I was a bit nervous just from being on something new now I LOVE IT.. It doesnt make you feel weird.. it doesnt make you dizzy.. nothing! I think its because the meds go to the cervix and not through your body.
I was put on Nuvaring to balance out my hormones after giving birth 6 months ago. I was bleeding none stop on and off for 6 months sometimes lasting over a month of bleeding. Thanks to nuvaring my bleeding stoped within the first day of taking it!!!!!

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on nuva ring for 3yrs now and I love it.You dont have to worry bout taking something every day, you just put it in and leave it there for three weeks then on the fourth week you tak out to have your menstrual. The only problem I do have is increase in dishcharge. Studies say that nuvaring produce more estrogen.Besides that I love it.

 
At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd been on the Nuva ring for YEARS, before i had my son, after i had my son, inbetween every other time i went on other forms when i ran out, and i've always loved it, just up until recently. I realized that it's been causing HORRIBLE CONSTANT MIGRAINE headdaches, and terrible acne, so i'm going off it, i'm going to try YAZ, i was on, the implanon, which i loved, but i had NO SEX DRIVE AT ALL, so i had to get rid of it, so i thought the ring was best, WRONG, now my face is so broken out, it's either in pain from the pimples, or itches so bad from the pimples trying to heal i can't win, or i'm wishing i had a gun to shoot myself in the head when i'm suffering from a migraine, so, good luck with all ur NUVA RING ENDEVOURS...i now hate it.

 
At 4:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on NR for 3 years now, and I useto to think very highly of it. I love not having to remember to take pills and don't have to worry about forgetting a pill and getting pregnant. The downfall is I have no sex drive at all and its very frustrating to me and my husband. The thought of sex makes me nauseated. Idk what to do. My gyn says that's a side effect that has to be dealt with or have a sex drive when not using contraceptives and get pregnant. I wanted to know if anyone had the same problems with the pills. Was considering mirena but read bad reviews:-/

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on it for 5 months now and physically I haven't had any problems with it. I haven't gotten any migranes (just the occasional headache but nothing that wasn't happening before), not sick to my stomach or tired, etc... however, i've been a nervous WRECK and I've bitched, moaned, cried more than I've ever cried in my house. This is NOT me, nor is it my boyfriend or family/friend's faults. These crazy outbursts are due to the ring. The minute i take it out, my hormones - which should be RAGING - actually manage to calm down! I'm actually in a better mood when I'm PMSing than when I have the ring inside of me. It's absolutely ridiculous. It's not worth it.
Along with the crazy outbursts and raging hormones, it does sometimes cause irritation in the vagina after sex. It causes it to be sensitive down there but it's not always in pain, nor does it always make people lose their sex drive (i sure didn't!) but it causes me irritation after climax... not good.. lol

Before getting on the ring I used the Depo Provera shot for 2 years. Unfortunately, my gyno informed me that after two years, you should stop the shot and either not take anything or take something that allows you to get a regular period in order to clean your "system." Being on a 3 month shot that i never had to worry about meant that switching to anything else would require more effort. So, I considered the ring, only have to worry about it once a month, great concept. But it's just ridiculous, I can't deal with the outbreaks and neither can my boyfriend, who's been the best and most patient person in the world.
If you have the chance ladies, go on the Depo !! It doesn't have crazy side effects, other than thinning of the bones, in which case you just take some calcium tablets and you'll be fine.

Hope this helps.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Dorota said...

I have been on Depo for 7 years, probably too long, as I have noticed my super low libido in the last 3 years of taking it. After Depo, I started nuva ring but stopped it after I ended a long term relationship and because of the costs of NR, but it was the best BC I have ever been on. I tried pill twice in my life, two different progestin levels (ortho and lutera) and both messed me up with the same symptoms (breast tenderness/soreness and larger size which I cannot stand, swelling and muscle pains and moodiness/irritability) I hope this post helps someone who is hormonally similar to me. Neither Depo nor NR has EVER given me any of those side effects mentioned above but I would not recommend Depo because it did lower my libido over the course of years to the point where I wasn't interested in sex at all.

 
At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love my nuvaring. I have had no side affects to speak of other than increased vaginal wetness which it does state it may cause in the reading material you get. I take it out everytime I have sex because my boyfriend says he can feel it, and put it back in after. The only issues I've had with taking it out for sex is when I've been drinking and forget to put it back in. I've had no appetite problems, increased or decreased and have continued my weightloss. I think that there is probably a right horomone cocktail that's the best for each individual. This is the right combo for me. And in all honesty, I've never had decreased sexual appetite with any contraceptive I've taken, in my experience its how into my partner I am, not the horomones I'm taking.

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it amazing how different contraceptives can affect everyone so differently. I was on the pill for 6 years and then switched to the NuvaRing just to make life easier. I gained 8 pounds in 3 months (with absolutely no other change in my lifestyle - and no change in wait for at least 10 years before that)! I also cried at the drop of a hat - it was kind of amazing. Anyway, I switched back the pill and have been back to normal ever since!

 
At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been won nuva ring for over a year by far the most convenient to take I would always mess up on the pills. NR was really great at first but then I started experiencing a very low sex drive and apetite increasd, although it has some downfalls it is the best experience I've had with hormonal bc. But I'm gonna take a brake for a couple months cause lately its been messing with my mood

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on NuvaRing for ten days now and I'm still bleeding. My period is usually only 4 days long. Not to mention the vaginal irritation (and cramps after climax) and intense mood fluctuation - I find myself pissed off at everyone and constantly hungry. The pill did the same thing to me though (minus all the irritation) so I'm guessing I'm really sensetive to hormones

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger KatrinaWilson said...

I have had my Nuva Ring out for 9 days, if I put it in and then take it out in less than 3 weeks, will I still get my period when I was supposed to? Thank you!

 
At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After using the NR for 1 1/2 year ten stopping for around 6 month and getting back on it I can say that I have experienced lack of getting wet before intercourse I can say that I do want to have sex and me and my boyfriend do have foreplay but I cannot get wet and I don't wanna use lube it makes me feel like he thinks I'm not attracted to him that's why I cannot get wet . Ive also experienced chaffing due to the fact that incant get wet . Besides that I've gotten really depressed . So depressed I've never experienced this type of sadness .

 
At 1:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started the NR one week ago on day one of my period as suggested. I had not been on BC before that just using condoms. So my period lasted five days and stopped and then the next day I began spotting the second day I began to bleed heavily. I also felt discomfort with it in... It kept moving the end of my vagina and trying to come out. So I got freaked out with the heavy bleed and I read comments on line from women who had been bleeding for months. I hate having my period so I figured I couldn't handle any more. But now that I have taken it out, I am still bleeding the next day. I only had it in a week. Is this my period or still break through bleeding and when should it stop? I hate it!!

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Mommy_of_4 said...

Im having the exact same problem the first time i put it in was on day 1 of my period (as my dr told me) had my period for 5 days and then i was fine then when it was time to take it out no problems but when it was time for a new 1 i got my period the day before (jan.1 ,2012) today is jan. 19,2012 and im still on it even tho my dr told me to take it out and it has been out for over a week now anyone experience this how did you deal with it / get it to stop?

 
At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy side effects! I've been on NR for a little over 2 years now. I take it out for only 4 days to have shorter periods per my Dr. and it works great! However...recently I have been having major migraine headaches, and I'm SUPER moody, and my hair is falling out, and I have no sex drive. I also now have high BP wich is odd for a 110 lb woman who is active, eats healthy, doesn't smoke and doesn't drink much. I'm VERY interested in switching to something else to regulate my periods but am not sure what. Maybe back to Yaz. Beware of the side effects they sneak up on you and make you CRAZY!

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After two years on the pill I decided to change to NR after hearing some reviews from friends. Now one month in, I am not experiencing mood swings, but instead one consistent feeling of depression all together. On top of which, my skin didn't clear up nearly as well as it did on the pill, and all of these pathetic thoughts and tears aren't worth 'not taking 1 tiny pill a day'. Personally, I'd much rather gain 50 llbs than feel like this any day.. good luck users, good luck.

 
At 2:13 AM, Blogger Ames said...

I was on the NR for 3 years after the birth of my daughter. After losing my insurance I also lost my prescription for NR. I am a Veteran and the VA Pharmacy only prescribes Ortho Low. After one-two months of no birth control, I became depressed, angry, sad, fatigued, low sex drive, lack of motivation etc. My periods were like a horror movie. Finally I was placed on Ortho Low. Well, all of those side effects I listed above were ALL INTENSIFIED!!! I am only 28 years-old, have always been very active, happy, fun, high energy levels, and a very high libido. For 3 mths I tried to adjust to that damn pill...without success. I am happy to say, that 3 days ago I was able to get a prescription for my NR again! Being that it has only been 3 days I still feel real blah, but I know a good bit about how hormones effect the body and how long it takes for the human body to regulate hormone levels so I am extremely excited to get back to my "normal" self. Now if I can just lose the 14lbs I've gained since I began taking the pills.

 
At 3:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am nearing my second month on the NR. I have never had good luck with pills, weight gain, moodiness and decreased sex drive all happened immediately on the pill. So far with NR, my sex drive is still very much intact. I did have break through bleeding the first month that was annoying, but my period at the end of that month was super light. This month, no breakthrough bleeding. I have had breast tenderness, some cramping the first month and I've gained 6 pounds, but my energy level is great and haven't noticed any mood changes. I'm going to amp up my exercise and cut out junk food to try to get the 6 pounds off. I am still not overweight, but don't want to gain any more! I've had no issue with vaginal discomfort or it falling out. So, I think for me, this may turn out to be a good choice. I do think it takes about 4 months to be able to tell if a new hormone is going to settle in well. When I was spotting so much last month I kept wanting to take the darn thing out and throw it in the trash, but didn't and this month that issue is gone. I'm hoping the breast tenderness goes in another month. So far the ring beats any of the pills I've tried, hands down.

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger mgglbrn said...

I've been on nuvaring for almost a month now. I stopped taking the pill approximately a year ago because of mood swings/depression. I was getting to the point where I thought about leaving my partner. After stopping the pill it was as if the clouds had parted and the sun was once again shining :)
Because of the side effects I experienced on the pill I've been monitoring my mood closely. Up until a few days ago everything seemed seemed great, but the last couple of days I have been a little down in the dumps. I'm hoping that it will go away and it's not related to the ring. Ive talked to my partner about it and have warned him that if I turn psychotic to be patient with me and we'll go from there. I hope it works.

 
At 3:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the NuvaRing. I have had no problems with it at all! Putting it in the first time was a bit weird but its something you get used to quickly. I have had zero side effects, I also had zero side effects while on the pill. I just couldnt remember to take it at the same time every day! I would totally recommend the NuvaRing to anyone who wants to be a little bit less careless. :)

 
At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the nuvaring a year ago and quit because of the emotional ups and downs. I started it again about three weeks ago because I felt I never gave it a fair try, but so far I'm feeling the same. And the newest symptom is lowered sex drive. I didn't see my bf for two weeks and was super excited but not during sex. Plus Ive experienced dryness. I use to b self conscious about wetness bfore the ring. Now I need to use lube. Plus it burns and the ph has changed which, dont like to admit, doesn't smell or taste the same. That's not for the better. I'm not happy with it except for the fact that it's convenient and makes your skin softer. Which is a result of water weight gain. Boo

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the ring. I experience that often and more so after we . Not to mention the dry ess

 
At 1:11 AM, Blogger trufa said...

I was getting one to two week headaches that ibuprofen wasn't helping A woman at the health food store said I should try "Soothe Liver" a chinese herb by Plum FLower company. When I started to get a headache, I would take from two to eight of the pills. THe headache would go away in a few minutes. I gave them to my friend who gets migraines at work and has to go home for a couple of days. SHe uses birth control pills. She took some of the SOothe LIver pills when her headache started and she never got the headache. I feel so much better because half the month I had headaches and now I am fine.

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you wearing a tampon with the ring in??

 
At 12:33 AM, Anonymous lady said...

Ok so I'm thinking if trying it and now I'm scared aster reading all of thus about depression

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE the nuva ring.. ive been on it for almost 10 years never have issues with it during intercourse. never have to remember taking a daily pill. i luckily didnt gain any weight like i did with other birth controls and i did not get depressed like others. just wish it wasnt 100.00 a month for me. but it works the best for me!

 
At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been on the nuva ring for almost 3 weeks. I getting ready to go my one week without it. I will have to say that the only porblem I have seemed to have is the lack of sex drive. That can get annoying, but the nuva ring is so much better than the mirena which I had for 4 years before I switched. The mirena gace me horrible cramps and it hurt to even have sex. Ill take just the lack of sex drive over that. I'm kinda of dreading to see how I'll act once I take it out because everyone said they had a horrible attitude. I think everyone in my household will be ready to kill me if that happens!!

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to come off the NR. I've gained weight (mostly around my middle) despite not changing what I eat, exercise regime etc, I have horrendous migraine type headaches practically every day which means I have to go and lie down, my sex drive is no pretty much non-existent which my boyfriend thinks is down to me not fancying him anymore and I get these wierd skin rashes now.

All these things I never experienced before starting on NR. I'm going to go back onto the pill. I wish it did work as it's so easy but my body just doesn't seem to agree !!

 
At 3:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am getting off the nuvaring because of the negative effects on my woman part and sex life. Im in the exact same position as you. My long term boyfriend and I cannot have sex, its miserably painful. I have been on it for two years and my vajayjay has had enough within these 6 months. Recently went to my Gyn and he said I had cervicitis and the only thing I can think of is the nuvaring since I have no other infections at all.

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I've been on it for two months off for there and now back on it. On second month. I have had some mild headaches,vaginal dryness at first, increased discharge at times, some numbness in legs and fingertip off and on, cramping, and now breakthrough bleeding and bleeding after climax.
Pros are weight lost, decreased appetite, no remembering on a daily basis. Still have a good sex life. God forbid. Lol. Based on others comments, I have noticed getting irritable easier with stressors.

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the nr cause bleeding during sex? I just switched off the pill now when I have sex I bleed. Then, go to bathroom and it's done.

 
At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive had your problem to a T!!! I was beginning to think it was just me

 
At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on NuvaRing and it works amazing. Part of the reason I went on it was to help my moods be better, and it definitely has done that. It's never failed me. I have had very minimal weight gain, and no other side effects. No nausa or anything. My partner can't feel it during sex. Also, I don't have to worry about taking a pill everyday, possible missing one, or taking them too far apart and getting pregnant. I would definitely say try it. It really works for me.

 
At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have had same symptoms I have only been on it for a month

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay or go....I feel the exact same way that I could literally eat the entire kitchen. Not to mention my breasts have NEVER been so sore in my entire life. Im moody have absolutely no libido and am just plain miserable. All this only a week and a half into the ring. plan on leaving it in the remainder of the three weeks and then not continuing.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger royaldrugstore said...

When taken exactly as directed, both
NuvaRing
and the pill are 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. The key phrase here is “when used as directed.”

 
At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used it for 3 months and never had any problems with it at all, not eating, pain, never fell out, never felt it, no mood swings or anything. but reading all these comments about it eventually hurting, I'm going back on the pill.

 
At 2:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you find that you have any breakthrough bleeding from keeping it in for the 3 months?

 
At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been on regular pills for about 15 years. I am a VERY upbeat and happy person. Once I went on Nuvaring, I became depressed and deeply sad, had major mood swings, tire easily, and even had suicidal thoughts. This is concerning for me because I have no history of depression. I called my gyn to switch me back to my old BC pills, and I already feel better.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I was on the nuvaring for over a year I took it out during sex which it is ok to take out if you read on the instructions as long as it's not out to long but i didnt always take it out and it never fell out but I know my friend had it and hers fell out many times during sex

 
At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hated using Nuvaring. I had so much discomfort and it would fall out during sex. I ended up having excessive bleeding in addition to my usual menstrual cycle. I went to a different gynecologist a year after getting off and dealing with bleeding, I found I also had cervicitis. I told the gynecologist I thought I felt that it was the Nuvaring that caused the excessive spotting, painful sex, discomfort and cervicitis and he said it could have been caused by bacteria that was introduced during insertion. I saw a poster on the back of the exam room door advertising Nuvaring. His answer made sense...smh.

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been on the NuvaRing for 3ish years, the last 6 months have been HELL!!! Mood swings like crazy, insane depression out of the blue...I could literally be laughing one second and wanting to jump off the roof the next! I'm praying the toll it's taken on my vajay is reversible! The irritation every month is ridiculous, the yeast infections have become unbearable and non-treatable with over the counter medication. I've recently been to my gyno who was certain I had a bacterial infection with the crime scene she saw down there just to send the sample to a lab to determine it was just a crazy yeast infection. Save yourself the drama, steer clear of the Nuvaring. My sex drive is non-existent, I look at sex like such a chore and do it solely to shut my husband up which is a shame b/c I used to really enjoy it and was pretty good at it if I can say so myself! Needless to say today is my last day of the ring of hell, I'm going to try the pill...anything has to be better than this.

 

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