Hey Scarleteen, So last Tuesday (5/26) I was supposed to start my new pill pack. Instead, I inserted the Nuvaring at 10 am because I had the sample my doctor gave me from November. Later that night at 11:20 I actually read the back of the sample package and it said the ring should be stored for only up to 4 months and i had read somewhere online that it loses effectiveness if you use it after the 4 months it was stored(I had had it stored in a drawer in my room). Anyway, I took out the ring at 11:30 and quickly took my pill because I wanted to be protected. I usually take my pill at 3 pm but it had be 8 and a half hours later. I know that a pill is considered late only 12 hours after you were supposed to take it but is this still true for when starting a new pack? I also thought it would be okay because I was still bleeding when i started my new pill and the pack says that if you start it withing 5 days of your period you'd be protected by I don't know if its the same when you've been on it for 7 months now.
However the next day my SO and I had sex and he wore a condom from start to finish and pulled out before he finished but I thought I had a small incident where I had touched precum and touched myself and that since I had taken my pill late the day before I wouldn't be protected so I took a plan b 8 hours after I had sex. Also in the pack before I remember having to double up one day but I wasn't sure when exactly that happened. Was the plan b necessary? Also with plan b I read the pamphlet and it didn't mention cramps(just lower stomach pains) as a side effect but I'm experiencing cramps and I'm wondering if that is a side effect along with taking my birth control everyday? Could my body just have too much hormones in it?
I'm going to talk to my gynecologist about a new form of birth control because I hate having to take the pill every day and I want to get the ring but I feel worried it might slip out and I won't notice but I like that my periods are lighter and I know when they're coming. I'm also interested in the Paraguard IUD but I'm worried that it will slip out because I haven't had a kid yet and I read somewhere that the IUD has a little higher chance of slipping if you haven't had a kid. I also heard that it can cause more cramps and heavier periods. Thank You!