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LondonBlue
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I've been on the NuvaRing for 4 months. I usually take it out Thursday evening, but I decided this time to leave it in until Friday morning because I wanted to delay my period by a little while. I planned on putting in a new one this Friday morning, but I forgot, and unfortunately I went home from college this weekend and I don't have any rings here. The earliest I'll be able to get one is this afternoon (hopefully the pharmacy will be able to get it in one day), so it'll be going in roughly 30 hours late.

So: is it ok in that time frame for me to put in a new one, or am I supposed to wait a whole cycle now or something? How long do I need to use backup contraception? Finally, assuming it ends up going in this afternoon (Saturday), what time should I take it out (I'm confused since it used to be Thursday evening, then Friday morning, now Saturday afternoon)?

Thanks!

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Heather
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I'd go ahead and take out this one now (since it's been past a week of having it in, it's of no use to you now) and put the new one in whenever you get it, but use a backup method through the rest of this cycle, until after you have the week off and start a new cycle of rings. You'll remove this new ring whenever you would have removed it had you stayed on schedule.

For future reference, if you want to use the ring to suppress your period (you can't really just delay it by leaving a given ring in for extra days), what you do is skip the week off, using a ring for that time and starting a whole new cycle.

[ 11-15-2008, 11:05 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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LondonBlue
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Thanks [Smile] Sorry, I think I wasn't clear...I took the ring out last Friday morning (the 7th) as opposed to the night before, because I wanted to push back my period for 12 hours or so, not skip it. So it's been out since Friday, and I had my period and now it's time for a new ring.

Anyway, I'll back up for the rest of this cycle. Thank you! [Big Grin]

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pyro_angel
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Just to clarify, I think Heather was referring to the fact that the hormones in the ring are really only good for 7 days, so leaving it in for 7.5 days may not be a good idea, as it may not be effective.
Hope that makes sense.

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