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To make a long story as brief (yet detailed) as possible:

I used to have irregular periods. Then I was on the Nuvaring for over 4 years. The last time I used the Nuvaring was in late September. (Ring was due to be out on Oct. 1st. Period started on Oct. 4th.) Reasons were due to personal issues and the fact that I had to go through the LEEP, which happened in late October. I believe I had the period on Nov. 3rd or the 11th. I can't tell which date for sure because I was healing from the LEEP, although the period could of started on Nov 11th because it was slightly heavier bleeding.
After the healing time for LEEP ended (followup was a-ok!), I had protected sex for the most part. My period is currently over three weeks late. I took several different home pregnancy tests from Dec. 24th to Dec. 27th. All came out negative. I haven't been on a birth control for over two months and I would like to get back on the Nuvaring.

Is it worthwhile I get a blood test to make sure I'm NOT pregnant, despite the various urine pregnancy tests I took? I don't have any symptoms despite the four straight days of loose stool I had a few weeks ago and the fact that I've gained weight, but that could be because of my diet and sitting in one place too much, thanks to my career.
My period probably won't arrive after all. (FYI, it is very rare that my period is late, thanks to when I was on the Nuvaring.) My boyfriend thinks stress is the culprit, although I don't think I was THAT stressed despite the LEEP situation and clients that annoyed me. May I get on the ring now or should I really wait on my period in order to start the ring?

So that is my two questions right now. Whether I should bother with a blood pregnancy test and if I can get back to the Nuvaring now.

[ 12-29-2010, 10:07 PM: Message edited by: oceansize ]

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Blood tests actually aren't that much more effective than HPTs, especially this late in the game.

After being on the ring for as long as you were, it taking a while for your regular cycles to get back in the swing isn't that unusual. However, missing a period for more then three cycles is generally something it's suggested you do just check in with a healthcare provider about.

So, since I think it would probably make you feel better to get that opinion, and because it's just smart in terms of making sure you're okay, how about seeing someone about this soon? Then you can also talk about if it's okay for you to start using the ring again, too.

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Yea, it would make me feel much better hehe. I'm due for a checkup in late January after all.

Thank you for your input. It's always appreciated [Smile]

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