Hey everybody... been a while since I last posted on this forum glad to be back!
My question has to do with the usual pregnancy paranoia. Even though I've never had a single problem using condoms, I can't help but get this nagging feeling of worry at the back of my mind after having any sort of sexual activity... so I was wondering about maybe starting to use Nuvaring, couple of questions on that:
1. Am I supposed to get an appointment with my gyno in order to get it/ is it better if I do? Or is it ok if I just get one at the pharmacy and put it in (regardless of the fact that it involves hormones)? I ask this b/c I'd rather not wait till my appointment date which will probably be ages from now
2. Is it really THAT safe on its own? No need to use a condom with it?
3. I can't I picture the way it's supposed to sit inside you... does it sit alongside the vagina (from 'downwards' to 'upwards'), or rather perpendicular to it (with the cervix in the middle of it)? Or something in between? Cos I heard most ppl don't feel it, even during intercourse, but I can't see how. A picture would help lots
Hi I've been using NuvaRing for a few months now...I can tell you my experience, but I'm not an expert.
1. You need a prescription to get it, which I'm pretty sure means you need to see your doctor. But I got the scrip from my regular physician, so if you can see him/her earlier, that might work.
2. When people ask me this, here is what I say: with perfect use, the effectiveness of the ring is basically the same as that of the pill. The difference is that it's a lot easier (I think) to use the ring perfectly than the pill, because all you have to do is put it in and take it out at the right time each month. Otherwise, it just takes care of everything on its own. I don't use condoms with it, and I'm a pretty paranoid person, if that says anything.
3. It's bigger than most people expect (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuvaring ), so I think it usually sits "downwards to upwards" as you said, rather than perpendicular. But for some people who want it really deep in there, it could probably sit that way. It doesn't matter where or how it's situated; it still works the same, so you don't have to worry about it in any case. For me, it sits "downwards to upwards" and it just kind of stays behind a little "shelf" based on the curve of my vagina.
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