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I have been using the nuva ring since Nov. (5 months?) and it is supposed to be in for three weeks, out for a week, then a new one back in. I don't know where I got messed up, but some where along my callender counting, I've been having it in for two weeks, then out, then new one. I have been doing this for a few months with out even realizing it (I am a busy person so I set and alarm on my digital calendar to remind my automatically)

How do I get my self back on track?
Is changing it too often unhealthy?
If I change to three weeks, will I be at risk of pregnancy?

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please respond as quickly as possible,
it's kind of urgent

by my old (incorrect) schedual I should have taken out the ring yesterday, but I'm trying to keep it in a week more, to make it three weeks, but I want to know if because it's a dosage less often, if I am at risk of pregnancy until my body adjusts.

Also, I'm freaking out a bit because I've been feeling sick (cramps, headaches, nausia) for a while, and wonder if this is due to hormone amounts. The ring is different to the pill, so I just dont know how it works

thank you very much

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Hey, endall. From what I can find, not leaving the ring in for three weeks does lower the effectiveness. To get back on schedule, just leave the ring you're on now in for the full three weeks, remove it for a week, and then insert the new one.

Since leaving it in for two weeks and then out for one does increase your risk of pregnancy, it would be a good idea to take a pregnancy test. They're accurate as soon as 10 days after a risk, although we usually recommend waiting two weeks just to make sure the result is accurate.

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