When to start NuvaRing?
September 16, 2011 9:08 AM Subscribe
Birth control filter: is my NuvaRing timing okay?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
So, I've been off birth control for about 14 months (I had previously used the pill for a few years and then the ring for a few years). I recently started the ring again, but I'm concerned about the timing. According to the NuvaRing website, the ring can be inserted on the first day of your period, and then it works immediately. Otherwise, you can put it in on days 2-5, but then you have to wait a week to have unprotected sex.
My periods, when not on birth control, tend to be pretty long (maybe 10 days) and far apart (every 5-6 weeks). They usually start out very light-- just a tiny bit of dark brown spotting which lasts for a couple of days, and then the normal bright red blood for the rest of the time. I put in my new ring on the 2nd day of this dark brown blood, assuming it was the 2nd day of my period. I did see some bright red blood at one point, but now it's back to just a teensy bit of the dark brown, or nothing at all.
I'm worried that this isn't my period at all. I do have a little cramping and had a hormonal headache a few days ago, so it does seem normal, but... I'm worried about the ring not being effective when it should be. Is it safe to have sex a week after putting the ring in? Should we wait a month?
Perhaps this question can't be answered on here, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Thanks!