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BreakingSilence
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I just got Nuva Ring from my doctor. I am worried that I didn't insert it correctly. It says if not inserted correctly you will be able to feel it, but I can't feel it. You are supposed to leave the ring in for 3 weeks and remove for one week. If i inserted it today am I counting every friday as one week? thank you.

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So yep, you'll switch it out on Fridays.

Did your doctor help you insert the Nuvaring in his or her office when you had your visit about it so you can know what really is the right placement?

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Thanks. no, the doctor said it was very easy to do and that I could do it myself and should wait 2-5 days after i start my period. I just inserted it today. Have you ever heard anything bad about it? Thanks

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That's a pity: ideally, healthcare providers should be willing to show you how during your office visit. Mind, I'm sure you can figure it out, but that eliminates the need for guesswork.

The Nuvaring, like other available methods of contraception has been tested widely and is approved as safe for use. People will always have varied experiences with different kinds of birth control methods, but if you're asking if there's some secret, hidden terrible thing about the ring you wouldn't know about, no.

Would you like more basic information on it? if so, you can find some here: the Vaginal Ring (Nuvaring).

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The doctor told me i could insert it with a tampon applicator. It just seemed to be a little big for the applicator, once i got it inserted i just kind of pushed up to secure it with my finger.I didnt think the Nuva Ring would seem so big, but I cant feel it now at all. Thank you

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That sounds a lot harder to me than using your fingers.

The trick with the ring is just that it's as far back in your vagina as it'll go, because once it is, it'll go pretty horizontal, rather than vertical, because the way back of the vagina is more of a horizontal plane.

Not feeling it is a good sign: the back 2/3rds of the vagina has few sensory nerve endings, unlike the first 1/3rd, so if you're not feeling it at all, chances are it's where it needs to be!

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Should i be able to feel it with my finger if its in the right place?

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Should it go further back?

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Ideally, it's supposed to rest right up against your cervix. But you can't really do anything wrong as far as inserting the ring is is concerned - it only needs to be inside to do its job. It'll release the hormones no matter how it's positioned. Correct positioning is more a matter of not being able to feel the ring, and of the ring not slipping out. So as long as you don't feel it and it's staying put, you're good to go.

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Thank you! Is it common to hear of any side affects? or irritation?

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or loss of sexual drive?

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Have you read the insert that came with your ring? There are some possible side-effects, just like with all other forms of hormonal birth control, but it's hard to predict whether you will experience any of them. You'll just have to wait and see how your body reacts to the hormones.

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Yes, I have. I was just seeing if there was any "hidden information". If I decide nuva ring is not for me when should I get off of it? and how long will it take to remove itself from my body? thanks so much

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If you develop any side effects you decide you just cannot live with, you'll want to call your gynecologist to talk about going off the ring. But for the most part, it's a good idea to give it a few months to see how it goes, as many side-effects will subside with time.

How long it will take until the effects of the ring would wear off after stopping isn't something we can predict: that's different for everyone.

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ok, thanks so much! :)I appreiate you replying

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