I have been on NuvaRing for about 3 years off and on. I generally use it for 4 weeks then remove and insert a new on. So I don't have a regular cycle. The last few months I have lost track of when I am supposed to insert a new one and I have been putting them in late. My last few months according to my presciption pick up info I refilled on the following dates: 9/19/09, 10/18/09, 12/14/09... I still have the 12/14/09 ring inserted and I haven't started my period and I have several pregnancy symptoms. Could I be pregnant?
TwainnTenisha, whenever you do not use hormonal birth control regularly, you stand the chance of getting pregnant. With the ring, the hormones can also last longer than advertised. They 'guarantee' 3 weeks worth of hormones but as you have seen, keeping it in affects your cycles meaning that there are still hormones left in it after 21 days.
So your period being absent can just be because of that, but it can also mean you are pregnant. Take a pregnancy test to make sure.
If you are not pregnant, take a huge red marker and circle every 28 days on your calendar to make sure you remember when to put a new one in - unless you want to become pregnant.
Thanks... Now I have run into a whole new issue... How far along am I? I called to make my first pre-natal visit and apparently in order to determine how far along I am I need to know when my last menstral cycle started. Well, because of the way I take my birthcontrol I haven't had a period in several months. I have a very small gut and I can still suck that in for all of 1.25 seconds. So i guess I can't be that far but how can I know at least a guestimation of how far along I am?