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Camzie13
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hey everyone. I just got NuvaRing from my university's student health office. They told me that i had to keep it refrigerated or else it will expire much faster, whereas the Nuvaring website stated that it can be kept at room temp. Has anyone else been told that they need to keep it refrigerated? thanks

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Camzie13
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can someone either delete this or move it to sex basics and sexual health? i would really appreciate an answer and it wont let me delete it myself/i dont want to double post. thanks so much!

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Karybu
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Sorry this got lost in the shuffle.

Per the refrigeration issue, a lot of pharmacists indicate that the ring should be stored in the fridge - however, I'm not finding any information to show that if you don't it will lower the effectiveness of the hormones. At this point, don't worry that the effectiveness might be compromised by not refrigerating the ring, but it might be worth a call to your pharmacist to ask how refrigeration makes a difference.

(Sorry I can't give you more info than that - I'll keep digging and if I come up with anything else, I'll add it here.)

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Sorry this hasn't been answered! (And it's probably a more appropriate topic for this area of the boards, it's just likely no one knows the definite answer for you which is why the question hadn't been answered yet).

Taken straight from the medical patient information for the Nuvaring:

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Storage-To store this medicine:

-Store at room temperature 25C (77F). Temperatures can be from 59 to 86F (15 to 39C)
-Do not store in direct sunlight.
-Do not store in places with a temperature higher than 86F (30C)

Although it does not say anything about storing the ring in temperatures below 59F, a typical refridgerator is usually kept under 40F, so I'd actually think it would be advisable to not store the NuvaRing in a refridgerator, and instead to keep it in a room-temperature atmosphere like advised. Temperature can have a negative affect on the effectiveness of hormonal birth control (and a number of other medications for that matter), which is why temperature recomendations are usually included in patient information. [Smile]

Also, the expiration date of hormonal birth control is pretty much set, it's best to not use it outside the expiration dates period, regardless of where you had it stored. Plus, it's likely you'd be using the Ring well enough before it expired for it not to be an issue to begin with. So, I wouldn't worry about it, and I'd stick to the patient info.

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