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pinkiepie28
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Ok, so I used nuvaring for the first time last month. After having it in for 3 weeks, I took it out for a week and got my period. I had put it in on a Friday for the first time, but took it out on Thursday night three weeks later. After having my period, I put it in a day later than I was supposed to, on Friday night. I had unprotected sex 3 days later, am I ok? I'm worried about this so please help, thank you.
Is there any possibility I could be pregnant? I have Next Choice on hand (emergency contraception) but I would rather not take it... I have heard of terrible side effects and have school tomorrow.

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Just FYI, the notion Plan B has terrible side effects is not based on reality. In reality, many people don't have any, but those who do have the same kinds people tend to when starting a BC method like the ring or pill.

Ideally, when you did this, you would have backed up with a second method for at least a week, because yes, this could have lowered your effectiveness. How many days ago did you engage in that sex?

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I did yesterday, what do you think I should do?

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I'd say that if you want to reduce the risk of pregnancy, you're best using the emergency contraception in this instance.

Starting a hormonal method late is one of the most common ways for those methods to fail, so it's more risky than say, leaving your ring out a day too long if you've taken it out mid-cycle.

Also, I don't know what both of your status is with STI testing, but just know that if you're not both current with those tests , all clear and also monogamous, you'll want to address having taken those risks, too.

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