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reonz
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Before I started the Nuva Ring, I looked it up online and it said I could start at anytime in my cycle, I just needed to wait up to seven days until it was effective.
But, I think I may have erred, as on the Nuva Ring website it says to insert it in the first five days of your cycle. The first day making it effective immediately, the second to fifth day making it need seven days to become effective.
I inserted it towards the END of my cycle.
and after eight days had unprotected sex.
Am I at risk?

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reonz
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Hi...This has gone unanswered for a bit, and I know you guys are busy so if you got a chance could you take a look?
I put off thinking about this, but I have to take the ring out soon, and I'm getting nervous.

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I'm so sorry this got overlooked, reonz!

I've just checked the full prescribing information for the NuvaRing, and it suggests a barrier method of birth control/abstinence for 7 days if the ring is started on days 2-5 of the cycle. This is consistent with the recommendations for birth control pills.

Like birth control pills, there's a method known as the "quick start" method that's becoming more popular in family planning clinics, in which the female starts the method as soon as she obtains it once her provider has confirmed she is not pregnant/at risk of becoming pregnant, regardless of where she is in her cycle. When started in this manner, 7 days of backup contraceptive use is required until the method has been used consistently for a full 7 days.

This is because studies have shown that even when women have active follicular development leading up to ovulation, 7 days of hormones is adequate to stop the process and make the follicles regress for most women.

.. so, the short answer is "You should have nothing to worry about". Be on alert for your next withdrawal bleed or phone your doctor if you'd like extra assurance. [Smile]

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