I've been using the NuvaRing for about two years and I've used it several times since then to skip my period by using the 4-week method. My question is, am I protected as soon as I insert the new ring after 4 weeks or do I still have to wait a week and use a backup method? And do you know why you have to wait a week when starting NuvaRing from scratch? Does it take a week for your body to absorb the hormones properly? I'm quite confused about this.
It's recommended to wait anywhere from one week to one full cycle when you first start out on a hormonal birth control before you rely on it solely for pregnancy protection. This is because it can take the body a while to adjust to the hormones.
However, once you've been on the pill/patch/ring/etc for more than one cycle, you're fully protected. When you put in a new ring after your week without, you're protected right away.
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