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Hi [Smile] I've been on Nuvaring for nearly a full cycle now. This is my second full day of having Nuvaring out for one week. I'm definitely bleeding, but the blood looks slightly browner than usual. It's still red, but just a little muddier. Is this an actual period, or is this implantation bleeding? My boyfriend and I have been physically intimate with each other--that is, we've both touched each other's genitals with our hands, but there's been no genital-to-genital contact. Is there any possibility of getting pregnant if pre-ejaculate touched my hands and then I (maybe, can't remember) touched myself later?
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There's no pregnancy risk from what you describe - the concerns with manual sex are generally infection, not pregnancy. To boot, implantation bleeding isn't all that common; it only happens in around 30% of pregnancies.

It's very very probable that what you're seeing is the effect of the Nuvaring: many women notice that their periods get lighter or change in some way on hormonal birth control. Nothing to be concerned about. [Smile]

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