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I just started the nuva ring not long ago. I left it in for 3 weeks and today was the day for me to remove it. They say to try to remove and insert them around the same time every time. I was about an hour late removing mine ( i wasn't home) I also noticed once I got home it seems like I started my period. Is this normal?? Is removing it late a bad thing? thanks

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Well, during the week off from your ring, that's the time you'll usually get your withdrawal bleed, so I'm not sure I understand why you're surprised.

It's okay to remove it late.

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Ok, thanks. The reason I was surprised is because the instrutional booklet said your period should start 2-3 days once the ring is removed. I just wonder what happened? Will this be a normal period? because already it seems a little abnormally light.

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Well, once you're on a hormonal method like the ring, you don't technically have "periods" anymore. You have chemically induced withdrawal bleeds which do usually tend to be shorter and lighter than menstrual periods.

Those 2-3 days are an estimate: there will still be some variance around them for many women.

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Thank you. So immediate bleeding is normal and nothing to worry over?

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I'd not be worried about it and would assume it to be your withdrawal bleed, without question, unless you may have other reasons for vaginal bleeding, like an infection or injury.

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Alrighty [Smile] thanks so much for your help:))

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So I guess I haven't really had my period yet. After thinking I started it I've had nothing but some spotting. Its bright red ( like a period) but later turns to brown ( as if i've finished my period) What's going on? Again, is this normal? Will I get what appears to be a "real" period by tomorrow? ( since it will be that 2-3 day waiting period) Just curious. thank you:)

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In the first few cycles of any hormonal birth control method, spotting or wonky withdrawal bleeds are very common.

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so should i consider this the "withdrawal"? and should it end in about a week like a period? you don't think this means pregnancy, do you?

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It probably is your withdrawal bleed, but in a few more months using the ring, you'll be able to get a better idea of what that is and isn't really like for you so it's more clear.

If you have been using your ring properly, pregnancy is only a very small risk. Did you wait the right amount of time before using the ring and no other method? If you have taken the ring out during the active three weeks, was it never out for more than three hours? If so, in both cases, pregnancy is not at all likely.

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Yes, ive been using it correctly. I was taking an antibiotic. will that have anything to do with the strange bleeding interacting with the ring? im now starting to get strange pains in my lower stomach area. what is causing this?

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theres really no "real blood" at all now. just brown.. could this be all the period i will ever have?

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Destiny, wierd withdrawal bleeding in the first 3 or so months on a new method of hormonal birth control is absolutely normal. You may have lighter or shorter withdrawal bleeds, and there's no real way for us to predict when they'll start and how long they'll last. That's just how it goes when you start a new method.

Depending what you were taking the antibiotic for, the stress of illness could also e playing a part in this.

So, some brown spotting instead of a "real" withdrawal bleed is not a big deal at all.

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