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birth control failure?

By August 6, 2010 - 7:11am
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2 months ago i wanted to skip my period that month because it was my anniversary. I am on the NuvaRing. I took my nuva ring out when i normally would but instead of waiting a week (in which i would get my period) I put a new one in right away. The next month i experienced break through bleeding a week before i was due to get my period. I kept my nuva ring in until i would have normally taken it out (3 weeks after putting in a new one) Then i waited a week like i normally did before putting a new nuva ring in. THis month however i am feeling cramps around when i would be ovulating. I used to feel cramps before i went on birth control but since b.c is sup to prevent ovulation i havn't since then. Do you think i ovulated this month and my birth contol somehow failed?

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Hi mcorbin174,
Have you asked your doctor who prescribed the NuvaRing? I bet the office nurses would be able to answer your question. They are there to help you and answer questions specific to your health history. I personally doubt if you've been using birth control this whole time, your method hasn't failed. That being said, it's never a bad idea to use a backup method to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy.
Did your doctor tell you it was OK to put a new ring in right away after taking one out? I tried to find information online stating that was acceptable. I know when you try and skip a period with birth control pills in a similar way, it's normal to experience some breakthrough bleeding, and cramping. Everything I've seen online states that if you experience abdominal cramping with NuvaRing, you should contact your doctor to make sure everything is alright.
Good luck and let us know what you find out.

August 6, 2010 - 9:45am
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