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cweber22
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Well I started the Nuva Ring this week... so far I love it. However, how do I know it's working?

The doctor gave me 3 to start with and told me to keep them in the refridgirator, which I did until I went to use it.

I am just worried that it may not work, is there a way to know if it is working? I am on it to regulate my periods... so if it does that does it mean it is working.

Btw I recomend the ring to anyone who had a crappy memory like mine and can't take the pill on time. You can't even tell it there.


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Barbarosa
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If you were taking a pill, how would you know it is working?

I am unclear about what it is that you are asking. If you are using it to regulate your cycle, yes you can tell it is working by how your cycle is doing.

Is that what you mean?


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what is it?
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Another thread about the nuva ring which explains everything pretty well.

aaaaand: http://www.nuvaring.com/what.html

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cweber22
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O.k. well after being on the ring for over a month now I know it's working right. I got my period when it was supposed to and all.

Just a few more questions,

There is spotting pretty much all month long, kinda crappy... will that go away?

Also the week that your not on the ring and your period is supposed to come, are you protected against pregnancy or not? I would think so, but not sure. I know you need another method to protect against STDs and such but I want to make sure the back up method here is also there as well.

Thankx!


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Barbarosa
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Health care providers usually tell people that they can expect some menstrual irregularity for the first three cycles, after that spotting or irregular bleeding should be pretty much done.

Yes, the week you have your "withdrawl bleeding" you are protected from pregnancy.


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I have been on the ring for a week now. About 4 days ago I got very nauseated...all day. First thought it was the wine from the night before. But then still four days later..soooo nauseated, bad taste in my mouth and today diarrhea...TMI?
Anyway, could it be I am having a bad reaction to the ring? Years ago one type of birth control pill made me feel nauseated and pregnant-like too. I read that some nausea..though rare...with the ring.
Any ideas appreciated.

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ErinK
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The hormonal formulations in birth control such as the ring can cause nausea, yes. You have a few options:

1) keep using the ring and see if the nausea passes after the next full cycle (sometimes it's just adjustment and it will go away)

2) talk to your health care provider and see if you can switch to another type of birth control

You may want to give your health care provider a call and see what their opinion is on the side effects anyways.


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