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nuvaring back to back, left too long, should i worry?

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Hi, I've been on nuvaring for years now but my doctor told me that I can just use it back to back so that I don't get a period at all. Occasionally I've left it in longer than I'm supposed to if I'm waiting on a new prescription or something so when I had unprotected sex a few days ago, I'm not sure if I should be worried about pregnancy or not. I honestly cannot even remember the last time I had a period, it's been so long so I wasn't sure when (or even if) I should take a pregnancy test because most people wait until they've missed their period. I don't have any weird symptoms, I've had some cravings but that's pretty standard for me....maybe some weight gain but more than likely it's due to overeating than anything else. What would you recommend?

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replied April 29th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A34468
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It is difficult to distinguish your symptoms (from being due to pregnancy, or from your body’s response to hormonal content of Nuvaring and its back-to-back use), without examining you and going ahead with getting further evaluation done. If you suspect chances of pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Stop the Nuvaring use if you suspect to be pregnant, or if pregnancy gets confirmed.
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