Er ... should it be in, or out?
April 24, 2014 9:59 AM Subscribe
Got off-cycle with my birth control (NuvaRing) & now period weirdness has ensued, and I'm not sure whether to call the month a loss and just "start fresh" next month or ... what. More (kinda grody, sorry) details inside, because I don't want to be TMI on the front page.
posted by alleycat01 to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
I use the NuvaRing for birth control. Due to travel & some poor planning on my part, I was about 3 days late putting my last new ring in and thus had to "restart" my protection cycle (you can only have the ring out for 1 week before losing continuous protection). 4 days into the 7-day starting window with the new ring, my husband and I had sex. I took the ring out for comfort during sex, but we used a condom since we were still in the unprotected period, and all was well.
Shortly thereafter, I noticed some spotting during urination. This isn't unusual mid-month so I figured it would resolve itself, but it continued ... until *2 days later* when I noticed the ring *sitting in the shower* where I'd put it to clean off, augh. I'd completely forgotten to put it back in after sex! OK, so I figured I'd just have to restart (again) and put it back in.
However, in the 4 days since I reinserted, the "spotting" hasn't cleared up -- instead, it's basically become a full-flung period, even with the ring in. And the thing is that the discharge and blood is like ... really dark and brownish-black and gloppy. It looks like "old" period blood and clotting/uterine lining bits, not "fresh" period blood (sorry). (Usually it comes out kinda deep, dark red and isn't brown unless it's like the stuff that's dried on the pad (REALLY sorry, you guys).) And there's quite a lot of it, despite having just *had* a "regular" period on my non-BC week, about 1 week ago.
So I guess I'm sort of wondering: Why am I having a second period/why is there so much still in there to come out? Is this like ... old period discharge and lining that wasn't "allowed" to slough off previously because I normally would have the ring in and the hormones prevented it? (My period usually doesn't start until 3-4 days into my week "off", is a light-ish 2-3 days, and ends when I put a fresh ring in).
Also, uh ... what should I do now? Should I keep the ring in and just take it out when I would originally have done so (3 wks from first insertion) so that I'm matching my overall cycle routine?
Or should I take it out, let whatever's going on down there clear up, and reinsert (for the 3rd friggin' time)? If so ... when would I take it out? (Also I'm a little leery of doing this since AFAIK the rings are hormone-impregnated silicone and it's now been degrading/dispensing its batch for a week already. I wouldn't want it to have, like, run out of hormones to dispense by the time I finish. Whenever that is.)
Or ... take it out, toss it for the whole month, and then start fresh next month, like a clean slate? But even then, I'm still a little confused since my cycle seems off. You're supposed to start BC in the few days after a natural period ends. Do I need to wait until this, uh, encore period ends, and then wait until ANOTHER one comes & goes to restart?
Your thoughts & advice are appreciated...
Sorry, again, for that description of period blood.