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Does the NuvaRing have more side effects than the Pill?

By Anonymous October 25, 2011 - 2:48pm
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I have been trying to determine the most suitable form of birth control for myself. I have tried the Pill before but was unable to discipline myself to take it regularly. I also decided to stop it because of some stressful events in my life that forced me to cut out anything within my control that could be affecting my mood. My OBGYN recently explained to me in detail the differences between the Nuvaring, patch and pill and I came out thinking that I should switch to the ring - but have my reservations after doing some research and learning that it is twice as likely to cause blood clots because of the way that the hormones are up-taken in your blood. Any thoughts?

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The increased risk for developing blood clots is a very serious side effect deserving of strong consideration. I do not have personal experience or advice to share with you. So, like you, I did some research. This is what I found:

The risk of getting blood clots may be greater with the type of progestin in NuvaRing than with some other progestins in certain low-dose birth control pills. It is unknown if the risk of blood clots is different with NuvaRing use than with the use of certain birth control pills.
So, depending on which birth control pill is prescribed, the risk for developing blood clots may be equal.

Taking hormones can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you smoke and are older than 35.
If any of these apply to you, then I would not consider using NuvaRing.

Do not use NuvaRing if you have any of the following conditions: a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems (especially if caused by diabetes), a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe high blood pressure, severe migraine headaches, a heart valve disorder, or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills.
Again, if any of these conditions apply to use, do not consider it an option.

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Comparing all the pros and cons can help you choose the right form of birth control.

October 25, 2011 - 3:46pm
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