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HeyLife
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I know I'm getting super technical here, but my period was supposed to start yesterday. Sometimes it's late, so I'm not worried, and I haven't had sex in weeks. Anyway, it should be coming along any time now, and I'm about to start the ring for the first time. My gynecologist told me to put the ring in for the first time ever on the 4th day of my period. So the question is: what if my period starts in the afternoon or evening, or in the middle of the night? What do I count as Day 1?

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My period started a few days ago, in the late evening. Do I count that day as Day 1, or the next full day?
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That'd be day 1, when it started.

I'm, not sure why your OB/GYN said the 4th day, though, that's a bit of an odd suggestion. Generally, it's suggested to start on day one, including by the manufacturer.

Did your gyn explain why she said day 4? Are you sure you didn't mishear him/her?

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I didn't know that.

She didn't explain why. I'm almost certain she said day 4--but I could be wrong I suppose. What do you suggest? Should I start it now, or wait til day 4?

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Also, I was planning on using the NuvaTime computer program (I'm on my computer all the time and also am very forgetful). I see now that it says to insert it on day 1. Should I insert it now and put that I did on day 1? I don't want to mess up my whole month-to-month schedule.
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I'd do day one, especially if your OB/GYN didn't have a rationale for the odd suggestion, and particularly since "first" could sound a lot like "four."

Just so you know, you can really start the ring, patch or pill at any time, it's just that a) it's more likely to be effective sooner if you start on day one and b) more likely to keep your cycles in alignment with the ones you have, and to reduce breakthrough bleeding.

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Okay. So, just to double-check, this is day 3, almost exactly 2 days after my period started, and I should put the ring in for the first time now, and then tell NuvaTime that I did it today? Or that I did it two days ago?
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Ah: I thought we were at day one today.

You know, I don't honestly know, and I don't have the instructions for their program to know what to advise you.

Nuvaring has a customer service number: 1-877-NuvaRing

Given the confusion (and again, my not understanding why your doctor said day 4 specifically), I'd suggest calling them or your doctor at this point.

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I just read on their website that you should insert it on or before Day 5. So I guess I'll go ahead and do it!
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Like I said, you certainly can start in that window, I'm just not sure why your GYN said 4 specifically, and don't know how which start days work with the computer program.

So, if you can't figure out the latter, I'd call their consumer line.

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