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anyone use Nuva-ring?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
I am thinking of giving this a try and wondered if anyone had any opinions about it? I am currently on Marvelon and it is ok but I am curious about nuva-ring

Everyone feel free to share your birth control stories....good or bad
post #2 of 31
I do

Let me start off by telling you that it was not my first choice though . . .

I was on depo-provera for almost 10 years When I was first given it, I was NEVER told about the serious consequences . . . well, I was diagnosed with full-blown osteoporosis at age 28

So, I obviously had to find a new form of BC. I went to the doctor's and I was really against the pill cause I don't want to have to think about BC every day. I was provided with a non-hormonal IUD that lasted for 10 years . . . or so I thought. It fell out after a few months and I was back to the drawing board.

After a lot of talking with my doctor and my own research, I decided on the nuva-ring. I was very skeptical at first. However, I have been on it since July and I have had no side-effects or problems. I have to say that I am pleased. The only downside , IMO, is that it has to be replaced once each month.

If you have any more questions, PM me
post #3 of 31
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Originally Posted by cbrooke View Post
I am currently on Marvelon
I usually just stick with condoms, but if I am in a relationship (that I predict will last longer than 2 months) Marvelon is my BC of choice It isn't called marvelon in the US though, it is called Desogen, I had to find that out because it was innitially prescribed to me in Australia, where it goes by the other name. Another Commonwealth thing.

I don't know that much about the ring, but I have heard good things...the big plus is that unlike depo it can be removed...that way if you have a bad reaction to the BC you can stop it.

Funny birth control story:

I was having some friends over before we went out (when I lived in Aus.) and for some reason my packet of marvelon was sitting out. My at-the-time boyfriend picks up the package and looks at it. Now I am all the way across the room, so he calls over...and everyone in the room shuts up to hear what he is going to say.

"Marvelon...sounds good! Can I have some?"
"That is my birth control honey."
"Oh."
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Hey, small world! I was on Depo for about 7-8 years and although I don't think I have osteoporosis (my stupid dr wouldn't do a bone scan) it did really mess me up I didn't have a period for 7 years, so it was a really hard adjustment for me going back to the pill. I went through about 5 different ones before settling on Marvelon. It is really so hard cause I know that it is a really personal thing and everyone's bodies reacts differently to drugs, but it is good to hear others experiences. It would be sooo great to go off everything and just let my body be, but personally I can't stand condoms Guess I won't know until I try it. You leave it in for a whole month? And then do you have only 1 period a month?
post #5 of 31
It is a small world! You should really look into getting a Dexa-Scan though . . .

You leave the ring in for three weeks, then you take it out for one week (when you will get your period) and then you put a new one in for another three weeks.
post #6 of 31
I'm on Yaz. Lowdose and my period lasts about 3 days. It's good stuff. And I think my boobs got a little bigger too (eep...)
BTW do not use the patch. It's horrible and gave me a migraine
post #7 of 31
I couldm't tolerate hormone BC due to migraines mood swings fluid retention etc etc. I have gynefix, a n on-hormone IUD but it attached to your womb lining and its the b est thing ever. No worries, no hassle, just slightly heavier periods but no great hardship. The only downside is that my 5 years are up and I have to get the damn thing replaced. OUCH, dreading it...
post #8 of 31
I use Yaz too (I think), my boobs grew too!!!! It was awesome!!!
post #9 of 31
Thread Starter 
Yaz is new right? Maybe I should ask my dr about it? Although I don't need any help in the boob department Other bcp made my boobs sooo sore and HUGE...I didn't like it but my bf did I guess I am just really tired of using hormonal birth control but don't know what else to do
post #10 of 31
You have to get a prescription to get BC in the US right?

Can you just go in and get it? Or they have to do a gyno exam on you first?

How much does a pack of BC cost in the US?
post #11 of 31
yaz is called yasmin in canada.. and it's made by berlex, same manufacturer as diane-35.

i've been on it and no ill side effects. when i was on alesse i totally lost my sex drive, but no such probs w/ yasmin.
post #12 of 31
^^yaz is actually new. yasmin is older and has 7 placebos and yaz has 3. i was on yasmin and switched to yaz. i get migraine headaches on both unfortunately and will be looking for something new soon.

i have heard good things about the nuva-ring.
post #13 of 31
i was on the pill for awhile. i think it was called mircette... anyway periods were shorter about 3 days and my boobs got bigger too. only thing i really didn't like about this though was that it made me break out like crazy so i had to discontinue using it. odd cause i was told it would help with acne but instead it made it worse.

thatrachel, you might want to ask your doctor about mircette. it's suppose to be a low dosage and preventing migranes and head aches.
post #14 of 31
I use the Nuva Ring...constantly, even if I'm not in a relationship. I just like knowing when I'm going to start my period- and it makes it last for like 3-MAYBE 4 days (light all through and if I have it, the fourth day would be very, very light).

It was not my first choice either. The thought of putting something inside me like that kind of weirded me out at first, but I hate the pill b/c sometimes I go away on the spur of the moment and would forget it, or stay somewhere longer than expected and not have it, etc. It also seemed like my face broke out more when I was on the pill.

I love the Nuva Ring though. It's so easy. Once a month in, once a month out-- and you can't even tell it's there. Simple.

My Dr also told me that it had lower hormone levels than taking the pill since it is constantly released instead of getting it all at one time-- so less chance for headaches/mood swings/break outs/etc.
post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by thatrachel View Post
^^yaz is actually new. yasmin is older and has 7 placebos and yaz has 3. i was on yasmin and switched to yaz. i get migraine headaches on both unfortunately and will be looking for something new soon.

i have heard good things about the nuva-ring.
oh cool, thanks for the heads up 'bout yaz! nice.. 3 placebo days... i will enquire 'bout yaz the next time i'm @ the doc's..
post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by litebrite View Post
yaz is called yasmin in canada.. and it's made by berlex, same manufacturer as diane-35.

i've been on it and no ill side effects. when i was on alesse i totally lost my sex drive, but no such probs w/ yasmin.
OMG. That is me, for the past 8 months..... Maybe I should talk to my doctor about yasmin. I kept making excuses for myself but lately i've been super unhappy.
post #17 of 31
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Originally Posted by trish_jeanne View Post
OMG. That is me, for the past 8 months..... Maybe I should talk to my doctor about yasmin. I kept making excuses for myself but lately i've been super unhappy.
definitely switch if u're unhappy! i refused to be on alesse even though that's the first pill the doctor suggested when i wanted oral contraception again.
post #18 of 31
I've tried Yasmin for the past few months, after the patch gave me awful rashes and dark spots that never went away....I HATE taking a pill but I tried it anyway because my doctor said it was low dosage. Yasmin worked fine for about three months before I started to get nauseous. I started to feel sick just thinking about taking it, even though it was supposed to lower dosage than Ortho, which REALLY made me feel sick. I saw no boobage change whatsoever (and I could have used it!). I stopped taking it a few weeks ago...I'm gonna try Nuvaring next. I've heard lots of good things about it.
post #19 of 31
I'm on yasmin I think... my boobs didn't grow

I really hate taking a stupid pill every day and my doctor tried to push the patch on me [thank GOD I didn't go for it!!!!] but I really am curious about the ring.

One question for you ring users out there: Can you ever tell it's in there during uhm... intimate situations? Is it hard to put in/take out?
post #20 of 31
I tried the patch once...what a stupid thing. Falls off in the shower and leaves the sticky stuff on you which in turn clings to EVERYTHING you wear, so then you have a nice square shape with fuzzies all over you. You have to scrub VERY hard to get the glue residue off. I hated it.
post #21 of 31
Thread Starter 
I heard that the patch has a much higher chance of causing blood clots (especially if you smoke). I think I may have to give the nuvaring a try...although I have to say lately I have really been feeling a "maternal urge" Maybe I should get off all birth control just in case
post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by pmpkn42 View Post
Falls off in the shower and leaves the sticky stuff on you which in turn clings to EVERYTHING you wear, so then you have a nice square shape with fuzzies all over you. You have to scrub VERY hard to get the glue residue off. I hated it.
yeah that was my issue----I'm in the water every single day for hours at a time, I just knew that nothing could be that sticky. Like I said, my doctor tried to keep pushing it on me as some sort of "miracle" drug----go figure, my dr. is a dude.

^oh yeah, there is some sort of class action suit against the patch company right now, apparently some women died or something
post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by ksedmonds View Post
I'm on yasmin I think... my boobs didn't grow

I really hate taking a stupid pill every day and my doctor tried to push the patch on me [thank GOD I didn't go for it!!!!] but I really am curious about the ring.

One question for you ring users out there: Can you ever tell it's in there during uhm... intimate situations? Is it hard to put in/take out?
My doctor said that was a possibility, but my fiance says no. And, no it is actually very easy to insert and remove IMO . . .
post #24 of 31
I was on the nuva ring for 1 month. I had horrible periods and pms. My boobs got huge and I had mild cramping, puked, felt naueseaus and got so crazy that I could sleep for 3 nights. It didnt do well for me. I couldnt feel it at all and I never thought it was going to slip out. I have heard mixed things about it. Some people are okay with it and other people I know went crazy like me. Good luck!
post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by ksedmonds View Post
yeah that was my issue----I'm in the water every single day for hours at a time, I just knew that nothing could be that sticky. Like I said, my doctor tried to keep pushing it on me as some sort of "miracle" drug----go figure, my dr. is a dude.

^oh yeah, there is some sort of class action suit against the patch company right now, apparently some women died or something
I found this article on line, its about the patch and related deaths and side effects. Ortho Evra Contraceptive Patch Linked to Blood Clots, Strokes and Heart Attacks
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