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Has anyone tried this form of birth control? I am thinking of trying it because on my current birth control-Depo-I have gained 20lbs in 2 years. That is while I have been working out and watching what I eat. My doctir recommended I try Nuvaring. Any one have any experiences good or bad with Nuvaring?

Mon. Jun 18, 10:49pm

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i used nuvaring for about 6 months... i don't remember any weight gain, but i didn't like getting it in the right spot then having to dig around to find it to pull it out... also, my husband could feel it when we were having sex. it didn't work out for me.

i also tried the patch, and i was allergic to the adhesive. so i had these little rectangle rashes where the patch was. (i should have thought about my sensitive skin, as i'm allergic to bandaid glue as well).

i feel like a test bunny, i've really tried just about everything- but i'd like to try merena IUD that lasts up to 5 years, but i'm a bit uncomfortable about the procedure since i haven't had children and having my cervix dilated. i'm 30, and don't plan on any for at least 5 years and i've heard the side effects are minimal.... has anyone used this IUD?

i feel like i just took over this post, sorry OP!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 1:07 AM

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I have a friend on the nuvaring-she's been on it for 3 or 4 years and loves it! She said it's really easy to insert/remove and has had so few side effects compared to being on the regular pill. It's definitely worth a try!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 1:21 AM

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I've been on the Nuvaring for the past 2 months! It's fabulous! I love it... you put it in and forget about it. I can't feel it and it dosn't affect my sex life at all. If anything it makes it better because you can't miss a day on the nuvaring like you can on the pill. I haven't had any side effects. I've been eating healthier and exercising and have lost 13 pounds over the past few months so it hasn't hindered my weight loss. I would recommend it to anyone. Let us know how your decision turns out:)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 11:27 AM

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I'm on Mirena. It did suck getting it put in, but only for a bit and it was sooo worth it! I've never had children, don't want them anytime soon and am married. Prior I was on Depo for 7 years (hello weight gain) and tried the patch as well (and I thought the side effects with depo were bad!). Next up it was either Nuva Ring or Mirena and I went Mirena - it's been wonderful!

My best friend has the exact same birth control past I do and she went Nuva Ring and is also quite happy. According to her it's no better or worse than a tampon for inserting although removing is a little trickier - apparently you better be ok with exploring that part of yourself. She does say her husband feels it during sex and it's not the most pleasant sensation, but not a total mood killer (for him). Her only thing is that depo used to help her control her headaches and with the nuva ring they have gotten worse again.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 11:32 AM

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i was on nuvaring for a couple of years and loved it. i would highly reccommend it. if you are queasy about having to insert it/pull it out it may not be for you, but that didn't bother me at all. my husband claimed he could never feel it. i never gained weight while on it and had very few side effects. the patch was awful!! way too many side effects. i'm pregnant now and plan to go on mirena after giving birth just because i'll want something even easier than nuvaring.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 12:14 PM

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I've used the Nuva ring for 5 years. No side effects. The estogen goes thru the cervix instead of the liver with the pill.
Easy, forget about it style. Doesn't effect sex life and don't mind placing in and taking out. I would rather do that than try to remember a pill every day.
Only down side is the cost. I am uninsured and have paid $ 35 to $47.99 for the Nuva. The most common price nation wide ( I travel) is $45.99.
I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 2:02 PM

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nuvaring & mirena IUD

I haven't personally used Nuvaring but I've heard both good and bad things about it. I have one friend who personally loves it. I have another whose baby girl was nearly named Nuva, as she's the product of the ring gone wrong.

I have the Mirena IUD myself. I'm 32, have never had kids. My doctor says they recommend putting it in at the end of your menstrual cycle when your cervix is naturally dilated but unfortuantely for me, this wasn't convenient for my health insurance. They had to dilate me. It was crampy and not a lot of fun but it also only lasted a little bit. I wasn't hunched over in pain for hours upon hours--in fact, I walked out of the office just fine and went to work.

I love my Mirena. My periods are virtually non-existant now.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 2:48 PM

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Trying the nuva Ring was the WORST decision I have ever made. It was horrible. I used it for two and a half days and would literally wake up from stomach pain. When I decided I had enough of it I was in a movie thrater and started having pretty bad pain in my left leg. Then pain started in my left arm and went all the way up to my head. THEN my arm went numb and felt tingly. THEN I started gettin minor chest pain and discomfort. Im a totally healthy person so its not like I was having a heart attack or anything. It really scarred me so right in between the movie I ran to the bathroom and took it out. I was pretty scarred because I knew these are symptoms for bolod clots. I fully read all the warnings and instructions before I use any meds and remember all of thoes symptoms being listed. So now Im waiting for my Dr. to call me back so I can make an appt. to get tested or whatever comes next, because im still having leg arm and chast pain. Seirously DONT USE IT. I used Ortho Evra (the patch) for 4 years and I didnt love it, but i really liked it. The patch can feel itchy sometimes and it leaves stickiness behind when you take it off. But at least I never had any side effects that scared me to death! It never made me moody or gain weight, and my period was always very short and light, lasting 3-4 days. Looking back I can't believe I switched and WILL be going back to it. My Dr. actually persuaded me to try NuvaRing because its supposed to be safer then the patch, YEA RIGHT!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 1:31 AM

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I have a copper IUD and have had it for about 5.5 years now - I love it. My gynocologist inserted it at a regular check-up, so I only had a co-pay for the exam and a co-pay for the IUD, which for me was only $25. That's it. I never think about it, my husband and I don't worry about pregnancy, and it doesn't disrupt our sex life one bit. The only side effect was when it was first inserted I had severe cramping that day. But I have terrible cramps each month anyway, so I'm used to it. It didn't make my periods any longer or heavier - but I already have that, so I may not be the best barometer for that effect. But as for cost ($25 for up to 10 years!), ease of mind (no thinking about birth control day-to-day or pregnancy worries), and enjoyable sex -- I highly recommend it!


Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 12:26 PM

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Mirena seems to be the best scenario. I am in the same position you are OP and I think I'm set on Mirena. I've been researching FOR MONTHS and I'm pretty set on it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 12:36 PM

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hi i have use the method since it first came out and i tell u that i love it just put it in and forget it for 3 wks i didnt have any major side effects just breast tenderness but i love it cause they got a little fuller since mines are small u dont feel it and neither my partner but i guess is different for each partner i didnt have any discomfort with it i recommneded totally

Saturday, July 28, 2007, 10:54 PM

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But what about sex drive?

I've been on every form of the pill and tried the Nuvaring for a month because of a nonexistent sex drive (I'm great when I'm not on hormonal birth control). The Nuvaring didn't seem to help at all, even though the hormone doses are lower and pass through the cervix. Has anyone experienced an increased drive with the Nuvaring?? Tell me yes, and you can be sure I'll give it another go!

Saturday, July 28, 2007, 11:51 PM

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I've had the Mirena in for almost 5 years. Best choice I ever made. Birth control pills worked great for me for years then my doctor recommended I stop taking them because at the time I was a smoker. Tried the Depo shots - ( inconvenient, weight gain, irritability). It is true that there is some discomfort having it inserted. For me the benefits far outweighed that ( no period, no weight gain, no worry about birthcontrol for the next 5 years. What really clinched it at the time was knowing my doctor was using the Mirena too!

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 8:01 AM

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After being on the pill for most of my adult life, I've been on nuvaring for about 6 months now and love it. The only problem I had was finding a good reminder system for me to know when it was time to take it out. Once it's in, you can't feel it at all. Taking it out the first time was weird, but it gets easier each time. It is so convenient (you don't have to remember to bring it with you when you go on trips) and I have had no side effects whatsoever. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 7:38 PM

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Love it

I've been on the Nuva Ring for 2 to 3 years now. I've had no bad experiences thus far. I've been on the Depo and I did gain weight and my hair was falling out more than the norm. So I got off and ever since been on the Nuva Ring...The only down fall is that my insurance no longer covers it and for the first time I paid $84 for it. A small incident was while being intimate with my boyfriend, on two occassions it came out...but no biggy went right back in. I look at it this way, its worth it when right now we're just not ready to have any children. $84 is a small price to pay in this economy

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 1:32 PM

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I've been on the Nuvaring for about 7 months now, and love it. Before then, I was on the pill (Loestrin 24), which I also liked, but didn't like having to take it every day. I think the Nuvaring is similar, but more convenient. My periods are longer, but that's because I have 7 days w/o the hormones, vs. only 4 with Loestrin 24 (which has 24 days of pill and 4 days of placebo).

I've also been on Depo, and hated it - bad skin, weight gain, etc.

I'm planning to stick w/ Nuvaring until I'm ready for kids (I'm married, and not that far off), and then will probably go with Mirena.

I'm not squeamish at all about reaching inside myself, but I know people who are; it wouldn't work for them. My husband says he can't feel it most of the time, and when he does, it doesn't bother him. He's definitely on the large side; don't know if that makes a difference, or if it's TMI.

My insurance has me order through Medco, mail-order. A 3-month supply is $60 (so $20/month). Compared to $110 for Loestrin 24, it's a savings to me.

If it's a cost issue, your gyno probably can give you a few months' sample, to try it and see if you like it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 8:45 PM

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Hated NuvaRing

I was on NuvaRing for almost a year and it totally killed my libido, didnt see any weight gain and my husband would fish it out everytime (unintentionally of course). I am getting a MIrena in 2 weeks as we plan on no kids for quite a while. But something works for some and not for others so if you want to try it give it a few months.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12:31 AM

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