I sent the following message about a week ago...
"Hi. I've been using the nuvaring for almost a year and have never had this happen. I planning my wedding and have been under a ton of stress lately which is inturn making me extremely forgetful. I took my nuvaring out Sunday (2/20/11) and forgot to put the new one back in on Sunday (2/27/11). I remembered first thing on Monday (2/28/11) that I forgot, and put the new nuvaring in then. On Wednesday (3/17/11) I realized my ring was MISSING! I actually hadn't been feeling good emotionally the prior few day (kind of PMSy) so that could be an explaination for that. I never felt it fall out or anything. I'd had sex probably about about 3 times between putting the new ring in and realizing my ring was missing. The very next day after I realized the ring was missing I got what seemed like my period. It was very heavy to the point where I was having to change my tampon every hour and a half to two hours and was very dark in color. It dwindled and then about 3 days later it pretty much stopped all together. What could that bleeding have been? Could I be pregnant? I've heard of implantation bleeding but heard its usually only spotting and mine seemed heavier then that. Someone also suggested to me that that bleeding could have been a miscarriage? Is that a possibility? I'm worried.."
I went to see my gyno and she felt around and my Nuvaring was definitely not there. I was due for my period on Sunday (March 27th) and it is now Tuesday and I still haven't got it. My dr. told me to wait till the 30th to take a test to be sure but I couldn't wait and I took one earlier this afternoon. It was negative. I'm SORT of relieved but not fully convinced. I have major PMS symptoms which I know are often the same as early pregnancy symptom. Only difference is my breast aren't AS sore as I saw described by others. I have also has a stomach ache for the past week. I usually have constipation issues but I've been having an extra hard time going. I'm have what feel like gas pains and fullness on my stomach for the past week. I have gone to the bathroom a couple time with the help of a natural fiber powered I add to water. The Pain subsides slightly after a bowel movement but seems to come back not too long after. Could this be a pregnancy symptom? I've also had more then normal discharge. I usually have some before I get my period but this seems to be more then normal. Could that be a side effect of my period coming later then normal? Or is that a prenancy symptom too? I'm really worried. I have 2 more OTC pregnancy tests to use. Do you suggest I take another in a few days? Would tomorrow maybe be too soon? Thanks so much for your help.. I'm a nervous wrech!
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