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Pregnancy risk question

By March 1, 2010 - 5:57pm
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Hi there.I see you graciously answered many questions for women.I am male, however, and hope you can still provide me with some direction.

I regret a sex encounter that occurred on night of Feb 27th. The female had the NuvaRing in (it did come out and was out for approx 5mins, well within the 3hr rule I have read and put back in). I of course did not wear a condIom and I didn't ejaculate to my awareness (but I worry about all the start-stopping as I didnt want to continue the act..that I could have potentially deposited pre-ejaculate?)

I am going on her word..but she says she has been on Nuvaring for almost a year..Her last period was 2-14 and the new ring has been in since 2-18, the act was night of 2-27. Should I be more at ease since she has surpassed the 7day with no interruption with the ring in..(she also says it is in now as well, I realize semen can be alive 2-5days?)..or should i be more worried that is around a female's mid cycle time?

I vow to be a more responsible adult! Can you give me any feedback? Thank you.

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Thank you for your help....:)

March 2, 2010 - 9:27am
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You're very welcome! We're glad you're here.


March 2, 2010 - 9:29am

Hi, anxietyman, and welcome to EmpowHer!

Here's what goaskalice.columbia.edu has to say about the NuvaRing:

"The ring provides a continuous low dose of progestin and estrogen hormones that are absorbed through the vaginal wall. Just like the pill or the patch, the ring prevents pregnancy by suppressing ovulation (meaning that the ovaries do not release the monthly egg) and thickening the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. The ring stays in the vagina for three weeks, then it's removed and a woman gets her period during the fourth, "ring-free" week."

So since your girlfriend's ring was out for just five minutes, she was still protected. And if she uses the NuvaRing as prescribed, she actually doesn't ovulate, so there's nothing different about her mid-cycle time in this case. The continuous flow of hormones from the ring prevents ovulation from occurring.

Does that help?

March 2, 2010 - 9:09am
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