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Lilerse
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I just had a question about hormones. A little while ago my neighbor, who is a doctor and works at Planned Parenthood (very useful person to have around! [Smile] ), told me it was ok to try staying on my NuvaRing for the last week instead of taking it out and having my period - so keeping it in and then changing it every 4 weeks. I tried this, and it worked fine, except I felt especially emotional that week (especially the first few days) and was crying at random times. It was a particularly stressful week, so it could be that, or it could be PMS? (do you get PMS if you don't have a period?)

A month later - yesterday - I decided to have my period, but I've been having shitty cramps and whatnot so I'm thinking of going back to avoiding my period when I can. I just don't want to be superemotional every 4 weeks. I was just wondering what you guys know about the NuvaRing and hormones, if leaving the ring in an extra week is more likely to cause emotional fluctuations or if it makes no difference and was coincidental, etc. etc.

Thanks!

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Heather
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Well, one week of extra hormones, whatever kind of hormonal medication it is, is...well, one week of extra hormones, including any side effects.

So, for sure, you may experience increased side effects when using a medication to suppress, because you are taking more of that medication.

(Sorry you had to wait on this!)

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