Hey ladies, I switched to Nuvaring from BC pills because I heard that they had less of a hormonal effect when compared to BC pills. Made sense.
In inserting the ring I began feeling side effects within the hour! Headache, nausea, mood swings. I found myself quite irritable and bitter only a day in! I figured it's normal to feel the hormonal changes and my body should adjust soon. It's been 5 days, I've had low energy levels, headaches, nausea, and find myself depressed and considering breaking up with my boyfriend. There is nothing wrong with my boyfriend! Confused
Needless to say I decided to remove the ring before a week was even up, and in two hours the majority of my 'side effects' have vanished! All of a sudden my boyfriend doesn't seem so bad lol.
So I guess I'd just like to share my story with anyone else who is easily prone or sensitive to hormonal changes that Nuvaring may not be the best choice. I've concluded through my personal experience that hormonal BC just isn't for this girl.
I never even tried having intercourse with the ring in, personally wasn't too sure how well that would go over...you can only fit in so many objects at once Wink
Cheers girls!
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replied May 19th, 2008
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I think this will do much better under the woman's health forum. Even though you do have some depression, it is not getting any answers. So, let's try it somewhere else. Wink

Carrie
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replied June 8th, 2008
I just removed my Nuva ring about 20 mins ago. I only had it in for about 2.5 weeks. Right from the get go I started having all kinds of symptoms... The two worst ones were moodiness/crabbiness and the change in my discharge. It litearlly seemed like the pH was way off... it seemed very acidic and would leave my vaginal area very sore. It was also affecting my sleep severely... from about day 4 of having it in, I haven't had a full 8 hrs of sleep since... I can't... No matter how hard i try. I'm going to see how it goes with out it... and see if all these symptoms disappear shortly.
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replied November 1st, 2009
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ok, this was posted over a year ago but for other people I will reply to it.
MENTAL! There is sooo much your brain can trick you into thinking about when you are doing something that is new.
If you read the pamplet that came with the nuvaring then you probably talked yourself into thinking that you just all of a sudden got these horrific side effects.
That is a form of anxiety too!
I know I was taking the pills and I started FREAKING OUT!!
I had every symptom in the world and then 3 days later I had an allergic reaction so I stopped taking them and got the nuvaring.
I would highly suggest anyone who is prone to side effects or is leary about taking pills or anyone who has or had anxiety or panic attacks... to use the nuvaring if they need a birth control or a form of something to regulate periods.
I have been on it a little while and I feel fine, he feels nothing during sex and neither do I.
Its a perfect little thing! The 1st night I was a little worried because I wasn't sure about it and I just wanted to take it out to go to sleep cause I was thinking about it all night but I woke up the next morning and nothing was wrong!
Its all in your head. If you talk yourself into thinking something is happening to you or something is going to happen... than it will!
You ever heard the expression "you can do anything you set your mind to"? Well.. there you go!
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replied August 8th, 2010
I had NuvaRing for 20 hours or so I couldn't take it anymore- headaches, nausea, being angry all the time... So I took it out... Now I am wondering if my period will Come after couple days just how it said in uje info about this BC...
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replied November 15th, 2010
I began using the NuvaRing one year ago and have had terrible side effects! I've gained 40lbs, Yes 40! I've been so moody my family has suffered. I've been depressed,angry,sad,crying..you name i've been it! I have been through h&ll trying to lose the weight and many doctor visits and blood tests thinking something was medically wrong. I even had my gyno say "wow, you've gained 17lbs in 2months"! Anyway, I would not recommend this type of BC. I'm NuvaRing free for 3days now and have seen a difference in my moods already!
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replied April 27th, 2013
NUVARING- Dangerous Side Effects
I changed to the ring some 5 months ago because my life became extremely chaotic due to travelling and so on and with all the chaos I sometimes forgot to take my pill at the correct time - So, to me, the ring seemed to be the more practical, safer option.

I did not initially feel any difference and was extremely pleased with the results; as far as I was told by my gynaecologist the risks of the ring were no different from the pill. However by the second month I had already gained nearly 4kg, my migraines had become much more frequent, I developed sudden cramps and pains, became constantly bloated, depressed, paranoid, easily distracted, irritable and felt constantly fatigued. I could not get a straight night of sleep and even if I managed to get 6 hours (which would have been enough for me before the ring), I would take a multitude of long naps throughout the day because I was so exhausted. I put all of these symptoms down to stress, change in eating habits and so on and to be honest; although I noticed a change it was a gradual occurrence, so I thought little of it.

By month 3 I began to become extremely forgetful, to the point of abnormality; I was worse than a 75 year old lady! e.g. I would leave my apartment, forget I had locked the door, run back to my apartment to check the door, leave again, forget I had checked and run back to check again and so on. My record of this was month 5 where I ran back to check 4 times, which I only know because my neighbour commented on it! I would walk through the day and not remember what I did last or how I got to somewhere, almost as though I was only just waking up. I began to have issues with my vision and often became dizzy as a result; it seemed as though the room was jumping all over the place (I have had my eyes tested since and my eye-sight is perfect). However the perhaps more serious side effect I began to experience at this point was hallucinations.

I was so scared by what was going on I went to see three different doctors and received three different diagnosis'. I have since had a multitude of tests including: MRI, Psychosis tests, EEG, Neurology tests and so on and they all came out clean, my doctors were as baffled as I was. I put it all down to stress, exhaustion and possible looming psychosis Wink, yet all of my side effects got worse and worse over the next two months and having tried everything to reduce stress and create a healthier lifestyle; I was at a loss.

So when I saw NUVARING in the news the other day I hit google and began to research; it turns out I am not the only person to experience these side effects! I have taken my ring out and will not be putting it back in, if it is truly responsible for what has been happening to me it should be banned!! I will keep you posted on the results, I hope I'll lose those 8kg I put on though!

p.s. Interesting fact: All of my hallucinations occurred towards the end of the first week after putting my ring in!
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replied April 27th, 2013
I changed to the ring some 5 months ago because my life became extremely chaotic due to travelling and so on and with all the chaos I sometimes forgot to take my pill at the correct time - So, to me, the ring seemed to be the more practical, safer option.

I did not initially feel any difference and was extremely pleased with the results; as far as I was told by my gynaecologist the risks of the ring were no different from the pill. However by the second month I had already gained nearly 5kg, my migraines had become much more frequent, I developed sudden cramps and pains, became constantly bloated, depressed, paranoid, easily distracted, irritable and felt constantly fatigued. I could not get a straight night of sleep and even if I managed to get 6 hours (which would have been enough for me before the ring), I would take a multitude of long naps throughout the day because I was so exhausted. I put all of these symptoms down to stress, change in eating habits and so on and to be honest; although I noticed a change it was a gradual occurrence, so I thought little of it.

By month 3 I began to become extremely forgetful, to the point of abnormality, I was worse than a 75 year old lady! e.g. I would leave my apartment, forget I had locked the door, run back to my apartment to check the door, leave again, forget I had checked and run back to check again and so on. My record of this was month 5 where I ran back to check 4 times, which I only know because my neighbour commented on it! I would walk through the day and not remember what I did last or how I got to somewhere, almost as though I was only just waking up. I began to have issues with my vision and often became dizzy as a result; it seemed as though the room was jumping all over the place (I have had my eyes tested since and my eye-sight is perfect). However the perhaps more serious side effect I began to experience at this point was hallucinations.

I was so scared by what was going on I went to see three different doctors and received three different diagnosis'. I have since had a multitude of tests including: MRI, Psychosis tests, EEG, Neurology tests and so on and they all came out clean, my doctors were as baffled as I was. I put it all down to stress, exhaustion and possible looming psychosis Wink, yet all of my side effects got worse and worse over the next two months and having tried everything to reduce stress and create a healthier lifestyle; I was at a loss.

So when I saw NUVARING in the news the other day I hit google and began to research; it turns out I am not the only person to experience these side effects! I have taken my ring out and will not be putting it back in, if it is truly responsible for what has been happening to me it should be banned!! I will keep you posted on the results, I hope I'll lose those 8kg I put on though!

p.s. Interesting fact: All of my hallucinations occurred towards the end of the first week after putting my ring in!
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replied July 16th, 2013
nuva ring birth control
ITS HORRIBLE
the nuva ring changed my ph balance, first leaving abnornal discharge, 2nd side effect shortly later my vagina very very uncomfortably sore and itchy
MY ADVICE IS TO CHOOSE ANOTHER BIRTH CONTROL
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replied July 16th, 2013
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Just because you had an reaction does not mean the medicine is bad. You are unique, and so is your reaction to it. And even worse, you can react totally different to it a month or two later. If your reaction was a reason not to have the product available for other users, we would still be letting blood to treat illness like they did in the middle ages.

I know this is not what you want to hear. You think your problems are everybody else's problems. But you are a biological system, and you are significantly different from everybody else. What you experienced was unique to your own body at this stage of your life.

For every person having a side effect, thousands do not. It is all described in the patient insert you got with the ring. The risks, the warnings, the possible side effects and the rate they occur at. And you will see that for all hormonal, and even non hormonal birth control.

Warning somebody else may feel good, but the information is already published, and it applies to only you and a select few. The manufacturer and the FDA publishes this and monitor side effects reported by patients and doctors for new unwanted effects.

What should you do when you get bad side effects? Stop taking it and speak to your doctor. Your doctor will look at your history and try and figure out which hormone is causing this, then give you another pill with a different hormonal combination. It may take another try or two to find something you will like.

You will find a thread like this on this site for every conceivable birth control method and pill. The patch, the ring, the implant, the shot, the IUD, the pill, the morning after pill, condoms, creams and gells, every single one.

It is always better to be an informed patient, to read the label and patient insert and to ask the right questions from your medical services supplier.

If you want to go without hormones, there are quite a few ways:

Copper-T IUD
Condoms (Latex or Polyurethane)
Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)
Natural family planning (NFP)
Pull-out (Yes, this does work for some couples, even though it should not be used)
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replied August 8th, 2013
Love the NuvaRing
Can I just say, Ive only been only NuvaRing for like 6 days, but...the sex is AMAZING! My boyfriend says he can feel it in me, but man....I definitely can too! It's like giving your man an extension on his "tool"! He doesn't mind that he can feel it. If anything, it's more comforting than the pill because it's foolproof that I am definitely on BC. haha

We enjoy it so much he even said he'll be sad the day we decide I don't need to be on BC anymore. (obviously years down the road!)
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replied August 29th, 2013
sack-like discharge and breast lump - nuva ring side effects?
I had really strange side effects with the nuva ring - very large sack-like discharges every cycle (they looked like white sacks, very thick). This really terrified me. I immediately saw my ob/gyn, but she told me not to worry. Then about 6 months later, a painful lump in my breast. Again, obviously terrified. Another ob/gyn appointment, after which she immediately sent me for a 3D mammogram and ultrasound. There was nothing visible (my breasts are too dense), so they concluded I was healthy, but I was changed for life.

I've been off the ring for almost a year with none of these symptoms. Sadly, this was not per the suggestion of my ob/gyn -- she never suspected the ring, nor suggest I come off the ring, which is really scary. Needless to say, she's not my ob/gyn anymore. If anyone else has experienced this, please speak up so for other women who may not realize these effects are due to the ring.
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replied October 24th, 2013
I was using the ring consistently for six years and it ended up being the worse thing ever! For the first 5 years I just raved about it to all my friends. I thought it was the best thing ever. Well year 6 rolls around and i start experiencing abdominal pains, reoccurring yeast infections, painful orgasms, bloating, and nausea. I had a ton of tests run including MRI. Nothing. A month or so later i develop heart palpitations. Then my lower legs and ankles start retaining a ton of fluid. I went to my doctor for the fluid retention and mentioned my heart beat. I was prescribed a water pill. One ER trip because I felt like I was having a heart attack but instead of my arm having sharp pains out was my leg. Nothing figured out just give anxiety meds and monitored I made so many doctor trips. Finally my family doctor does a ultrasound on my leg and sees irregular blood flow but no clot. I had been taking so much over the counter med pain which contained asprin (blood thinner) so that may have helped a court break up. I finally decided to take my ring out after googling my symptoms and finding other wome reporting the same thing and a law suit filed about nuvaring causing clots. 3 days later no more leg pain. 1 year later less pain with sex, hardly any breathing/chest issues, but jacked up hormone levels. At least the I'm not in danger in anymore but with the after math I don't know if ill be the same again. I'm now 28 yrs old.
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replied November 15th, 2013
Love nuvaring
I was on the nuvaring for 8 years and never had any problems. I now have a beautiful 6 week old daughter, and plan on returning to the nuvaring for my BC.
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replied October 23rd, 2016
No its not all in your head.. This product is just not for everyone. I insert it kept it for almost 3 weeks until I couldn't take it anymore.. I had not read all the info on the nuvaring until I began getting all these weird side effects. Anxiousness, mood swings, severe dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and sleepless nights..I literally went two nights with no sleep. Everytime i close my eyes and tried to sleep my head would start spinning as if i were super drunk. I began stupid fights with my boyfriend. I was at the verge of a complete meltdown. I just couldn't take it anymore and I removed it.. I know there is more opinions for me.. This is just not suitable.
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replied February 25th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
You should wait for 2-3 cycles before deciding to remove it because its dose is very low and these changes are due to subtle hormonal changes.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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