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first month on nuvaring - question about pregnancy prevention

By Anonymous December 15, 2010 - 10:29am
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This month I started the nuvaring, previously I had not been on hormonal birth control since the summer. I'm a little confused about its effectiveness. The pamphlet/website say that the ring should be effective after seven days of use. However, I have also heard from other sources that backup protection should be used for the first month when starting hormonal birth control. Will seven days really be long enough?

I put in my first ring on 12/4 in the morning. I had condomless sex in the evening on 12/11(around 8pm?) and on 12/12. Each time my partner used the pull out method in addition to the hormonal birth control. Was I protected? Technically I did wait 7 full days. Also, in the case that I do ovulate this month, I'm not too concerned because my cycle in a bit longer than most (32-33 days) so I usually won't ovulate until Day 18 or beyond in my cycle. Still, should I be concerned?

I'm not concerned about STI-protection because I am in a long-term monogamous relationship with no infidelity.

Any opinions? Thank you!

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Anon - Yes, I've also noticed the discrepancy. Scarletteen provides information that may indicate the reason.

" New research shows that in the first few weeks after insertion of an IUD, women are more susceptible to developing an STI and possible complications from an STI. High risks of sexually transmitted infections do present a real danger, since having a device in your uterus can potentially make any infection more serious and increase the risks of PID. Since younger women (those under 25 or so) are still in the process of cervical cell development, risks of infection and complications from infections (with an IUD or not) are higher no matter what. "

You should be fine, based on the information provided by the manufacturer and the fact that you're not concerned about STIs.

December 15, 2010 - 6:10pm
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