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okay to not refrigerate nuvaring for up to 4 months?

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So I am on my third month of using nuvaring and I have one slight concern: I got a three month supply of rings when I first got them, and now I am obviously using the third one. The people at the clinic told me that it would be okay to not refrigerate them for up to 4 months. I'm probably just being paranoid, but I'm wondering if my third ring was okay just sitting in my drawer. The reason I am wondering this is because I was gone on vacation for a few days (before I had put the third ring in) and the weather outside had gotten to 82-83 degrees for a high temperature and I am worried that the outside temperature affected the room temperature at all. I think I'm being too over analytical, but I keep thinking that my ring won't work, even though it was in room temp.

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replied June 9th, 2013
Birth Control Answer A43788
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You can store unused (new) Nuvaring at room temperature, 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 4 months. Temperatures can be from 59-86F (15-30C). Avoid direct sunlight or storing above 86F (30C). Nuvaring is activated by being brought up to body temperature before insertion. You can store the used Nuvaring (the one you would put in back after intercourse or within 3 hours of removal) in a clean container (preferably pre-sterilized). Put in the new/next Nuvaring at the scheduled time after your periods. If worried about the efficacy, consider using back-up protection while having intercourse. For further clarification and assistance, visit your doctor/gynecologist.
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