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-Lauren-
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I'm kind of scared that I might be pregnant. I just finished my last Nuvaring, after inserting it right after the previous one had expelled. No intercourse or risks for at least 7 days past that. Off-and-on bouts of brief intercourse with no ejaculation I'm aware of.

The weird thing is I had an appointment the other day, and during my ultrasound they found that I had functional cysts + follicles, when I had taken the Ring out early that morning after 21 days of correct use. I didn't think to ask the doctor then or tell him I was using the Ring.. it just struck me after as an "Oh, shit, wait".

It's now been a week since then and I haven't had a withdrawal bleed.. just the tiniest, ittiest bit of pinkish spotting. While I know rationally my risk was on the low side, the evidence of ovarian activity really made me worry. Could anyone clear this up for me, or try? Thanks!

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Heather
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Can I ask what the ultrasound was done for, or why it was done by someone who didn't have your medical history before doing it in a chart?

I'm just a bit confused, and knowing why it was done and what they were looking for might help, and it also seems very odd to me for someone to have a transvaginal ultrasound done without the doctor and lab tech having such basic information in a chart as what medications you're using.

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It was a transvaginal ultrasound, they seem to do it during my vulvodynia visits as a routine thing. I think this time he did it because I had a 13 cm tumor removed a couple months ago and wanted to see how the healing was going. My info is in the computer and he had it out during the exam, I was just unsure if it specifically had it down that I was using the ring, since it was a relatively short run.
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I really cannot imagine that that information was not in your chart if that was your prescribing physician.

Given your condition, though, and the presence of a tumor before, I think calling into that office is the best thing for you to do about this.

But I also don't think that having functional cysts and follicles is something to be concerned about either way: what combined methods do (one of the things they do) is suppress the release of ovum. They don't take away the ovum our bodies have already created, and I don't think that seeing that activity automatically means your ring isn't working. And even if it does happen that you do ovulate, that's only one of the three parts of how those methods work, so let's say you DID ovulate, you still may not have had any risks due to the other two modes of operation of the ring, if you get me.

But given the lack of withdrawal bleed, and your other preexisting health issues, I'd personally just call into that doc and ask about this.

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The way it works here is that you see whatever doctor/nurse is available, who has access to the electronic health record. Plus, this is the "tier" that handles special stuff, not basic stuff like contraception. It muddles my brain, but I'm getting used to it. I can't call the clinic/doctor directly, but I'll try to find someone to talk to so I can find out what's going on.

The rational part of me knows that the 2 other ways CHBC works were likely still intact, it's just irritating that I was put on them to stop the cysts, and that the one time I have lack of a bleed, I also have evidence that can be construed as a failure of some sort to overanaylze. My luck. [Razz]

Thanks for your help, Heather. [Smile]

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Heather
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Sorry it was such miniscule help. It's just that without all the information your doctor and lab tech would have had, I'm not sure what to say or suggest.

But regardless, part of medical practice anywhere is to review the medical record before you do so much as take someone's blood pressure, so I'd be really surprised if they didn't know you were on the ring, and would expect that if they saw something that suggested that method was not working, they'd have said something.

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Just thought I'd post an update.. I'm okay after all, negative test, checked and cleared by a doctor, and now suffering the most gargantuan mother of all periods. Should have counted my blessings instead of worrying. [Razz]
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That's good to hear!
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