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turtle_lady
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I have a question about how Nuva Ring works on the last week of my cycle (the week I have Nuva Ring out).

I use my ring fairly consistently, never missing inserting or removing on the Sundays I am supposed to (give or take 30-60 mins). Last Sunday I had removed my ring and this Tuesday I had intercourse without using a condom and my fiance had ejaculated inside of me. I am to insert a new Nuva Ring this upcoming Sunday and so I had sex without my ring in (as I am not supposed to). Am I still safe?

My period almost always comes on a Wednesday (which should be day one) and today is Wednesday...I have not as of yet recieved my period. Is it because the semen may have washed some of the blood out? I notice that if I have sex during my period, the blood thins out the next day and then returns to normal later. If I did not recieve my period today should I be worried? Because if I understand clearly, I should be protected on the week I do not have my Ring in.

Any professional comments are welcome. Thank you.

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Combined homronal contraceptives are just as effective during the placebo week as during times the medication is being taken, so long as the placebo break is not more than the days allotted for it. In other words, so long as it's no longer than it is supposed to be and you start your next ring on time.

Semen can't "wash out" menstrual flow. Your uterine lining which gets shed is in your uterus, semen doesn't do any washing there, and there's also only one way for anything to come out of your uterus, too, and that's through your vagina. However, sometimes -- and this has nothing to do with semen -- what happens to our bodies when we're sexually aroused or orgasm can have some impact on flow.

However, a withdrawal bleed always coming on the exact same day is actually pretty unusual. Variations of a day to a few days are more common. I'd not worry about that for the time being. If you don't see that bleed within the next week, then you may want to take a pregnancy test -- no method is 100% effective, after all, so it is always a possibility.

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Thanks for the info. After reading some NuvaRing PDF document, it says that a "missed" period can occasionally occur since the horomones that are released are low. If I miss it twice in a row, then I'd have to go see a doctor.

But yeah...it seems most plausible to rule out pregnancy if I had intercourse only one day before I expect my period and it doesn't seem to be showing up (though there are 'goobers' of sorts that kind of look like blood clots that appear during my period, only thse are clear looking). It's a scary thought but I wonder why my period usually comes the Wednesday after I take my ring out on the Sunday...it has on a rare occasion come on a Tuesday and sometimes a Thursday...but usually on a Wednesday. Strange. Well thanks anyways!

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I think I am puzzled why my period (withdrawl) didn't show up today because the 'wednesday' is always the "29th" or technically day 1 of my new cycle. Counting from my last period which was on a wednesday (August 17th), I should be expecting it on this wednesday (Septemer 14th). I dunno...maybe my body is weird.

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When you're on hormonal birth control (like the pill or the ring) the way you track the length of your cycle is different. Instead of "day 1" being the first day of your period, the way it would be if you weren't taking any sort of birth control, "day 1" is the day you insert a new ring, or start taking a new pack of pills, etc: the day you end the off-week. When your withdrawal bleed shows up doesn't actually change the length of the "cycle" you have, because no matter what, that will always be 28 days, or 3 weeks of having the ring in plus one week ring-free.

Regardless, it is totally possible for a withdrawal bleed to show up on a different day than usual from time to time - it would actually be very unusual if there was never any variation.

Does that help?

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That does help greatly actually. But also is confusing in times of when to expect my withdrawl bleed. As long as it is sometime in that week, it should be fine. I wonder why my body usually picks wednesdays as its day to bleed. I did try using a tampon for a couple hours to see if any blood came out and there were a bit of those brown clot things that usually appear but there is nothing on my panties yet. Thanks for your help guys.

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