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Lilerse
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So I've been on the NuvaRing for a couple of years now, and a few months ago I began keeping the ring in for the full 4 weeks, skipping my period, and replacing it. A few weeks ago I went to replace it and ended up pulling out THREE rings from inside me. I freaked out, thinking for a moment they duplicated inside me or something, then called my neighbor from home (a doctor at Planned Parenthood) who assured me that I must've forgotten to take them out previous months and that it wasn't unsafe or harmful because they stop producing hormones after the 4 weeks.
However, the past month I've gained weight and my breasts have grown a lot. Could the extra NuvaRings have continued producing hormones that would cause the weight/breast gain? Since I took all three out and replaced them with only one a couple of weeks ago, are there now less hormones so it should be easier to get back to my normal weight or is it still going to be difficult because of the estrogen?

If you don't know the answer I can keep searching Google, just figured I'd check with y'all first..thanks.

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Heather
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To my understanding, Lilerse, the main issue with this would be the increased possibility of infection.

However, I don't know of any studies done of people keeping old rings inside their body in multiples to really give us this answer. I also suspect they probably haven't been done since forgetting multiple rings and inserting more seems like such an unlikely thing for someone to do.

So, I'd suggest you call into or see your healthcare provider about this. They may have more information, but even if they don't, they can give you an exam and any tests they may think necessary to be sure you're okay.

You might also want to talk to them about another method if you're finding that you are spacing out so much with this one, especially in a way where I don't think anyone can know how safe it is or isn't.

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