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TurquoiseGirl
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So I was watching TV the other night (Desperate Housewives- shut up!) and I saw an ad for NuvaRing, which seems to be a new vaginal method of BC.

It seems like a totally cool idea to me! Once a month. Low estrogen dose and even lower doses of circulating estrogen! The side effects don't seem that much different than the pill.

Has anyone tried this? Does insurance cover it?

Not that I have any immediate need for it. [Frown] But it's always good to be prepared.

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Mistletoey Chloe
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What about that "Head-On" stuff? (Yes, I know it's not birth control; stop it already!) But what is it, and does it work? How?

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Yes, I second the questions about Head-On. What is in it?

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Not going near the NuvaRing, but head-on is a herbal (holistic) medicine. My wife is very allergic to asa and its derivatives so we are always looking for something she can use. Acetaminophen just doesn't seem to have too much effect. http://www.headon.com/

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I had the Nuvaring in 2002, not for very long. It had the same side effects as the pill, which for me are not that great. You don't have to think about it everyday, only once a month and that is really convenient. You also never have to see it, unlike the patch. I guess I would recommend it.
ETA: It was covered by my insurance.

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I used Nuvaring for 2 months. I've never been a big fan of hormonal BC anyway, so I quit using it. It is pretty convenient because you pop it in and forget it, sort of. You do have to watch your calendar when to replace it and you have to put it in at a certain time in your cycle. If you're already on the pill, then I'd say go for it.

As for insurance, it would depend on your provider. Some insurances cover BC and others don't. If yours doesn't, then you can submit a claim if you have a FSA (think about that since it's open enrollment season for a lot of folks).

Oh, yeah, when I got mine, my doc gave me 2 samples and a coupon to get another one free. This was a few months ago, but they might still be doing that. Be sure to ask your doctor.

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Ana Ng
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I used NuvaRing up until recently. It was okay, but still not ideal. Better than the pill. Can't get it out without assistance, usually. Or a toothbrush. [lol]

I was kidding about the toothbrush part...

Ana (TG, still haven't opened your PM- super work busy!)

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TurquoiseGirl
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belgick,
We just started FSA enrollment season. How did you know?

I've gone off oral bc well, because I hadn't needed it or planned to need it (whispers: for over a year). However it does seem a great alternative to the pill.

Well except for the toothbrush part. I had the same problem back when I was using the sponge. Cause nothing says sexy like "Honey, will you please come here and pull this, um, soiled bit of stuff out of my hoo-hoo?" And what if I date a guy whose fingers are as short as mine? [Eek!] Especially if that UL about finger length is true????

(Ana, no worries about the PM. Just some info. for you, in case you need it! No urgent crisis or anything!)

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I'm using NuvaRing right now. It has been a much nicer experience then the Pill or the Patch for me. The patch caused skin irritation and the Pill I had a damned hard time remembering to take it at the same time every day and I would have breakthrough bleeding if I missed even one day.

It's been so nice to not have to remember a daily pill, and I haven't had any intollerable side effects. The best thing is my Doc says I have the option of NOT taking it out for the week "out" and I should be able to skip my periods, YAY!!!

I would recomend it, just from my own personal experience.

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I loved NuvaRing. I'm a huge advocate of it. Like happyfrog, I don't take it out for my week off 2 out of 3 months and the periods I do have are much lighter. I went off of it to get pregnant, and was pregnant within 6 weeks, so it doesn't stay in your system like the Pill does. It does have some of the hormonal side effects, but not as many or as severe. I had no trouble getting it out, either. Just reached up and grabbed it.

I definitely recommend it.

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NewZer0
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I've been using NuvaRing for nearly a year. I love it! I used the Patch before, and it would slip off during sex (I'm the sweaty type) which lead to a lot of, "Omigod, omigod!" moments.

The Ring you can take out up to three hours and still be fine -- sometimes it causes a problem for the boy, usually it doesn't. It did slip out once on its own, and was out for nearly a day before I realized, but I put it back in, made sure to use extra back up birth control, and was fine.

I've never had any trouble taking it out or putting it in. Well, I still have my period when I put it in, so my fingers get bloody, but it's no big. If you are in an un-aroused state, it doesn't have to go in very far. Er, that is, you don't need to have long fingers because, uh, you know...

--NewZer0

eta: Year and a half, actually, that I've been using NuvaRing. How time flies and all that.

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I want to try it. I hate the idea of a visible patch and i always forget the pill. I did not like the shots.
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TurquoiseGirl
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Cool! I may give it a whirl when the time comes!

Thanks!

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Mistletoey Chloe
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If you can whirl it, the time should be coming _very_ shortly. Damn, girl!

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quote:
Originally posted by Chloe:
If you can whirl it, the time should be coming _very_ shortly. Damn, girl!

[lol] [lol] [lol]

Is that like being able to tie a cherry stem in a knot with your tongue???

Good lord. I really need to get in better shape.

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I used NuvaRing for about a year. It was covered by my school's insurance, and otherwise I believe it is $40/ cycle, but I may be wrong about that. My only complaint (TMI! TMI!) was that it caused some extra... lubrication pretty much all the time. The BF was not too fond of it either.

Short, light periods, very little PMS or cramps, and added convenience. I recommend it.

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Just another gigantic thumbs up for the NuvaRing. I've been using it since January and I think it's the greatest thing since happy hour. I have no trouble putting it in or taking it out. The only "inconvenience" is that I have to be sure to write in my calendar when to take it out, 'cause it's so unnoticeable that I otherwise forget.

Actually, for a while I was accidentally leaving it in for four weeks and then taking it out for the fifth week (I prefer to have monthly cycles rather than a period every few months, but I forgot how to count, thereby giving me a 35-day cycle instead of a 28-day one). That was fine. And if I'd put a new ring in on day 28 instead of taking it out and having my period, that would have been fine too.

Yes. NuvaRing = very very good.

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TurquoiseGirl
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Chloe, Lilybet-- those Kegel exercises really work!! [lol]
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NuvaRing users,

Have your SO's mentioned any noticable change in, ummm, flavor or scent?

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I have been using it for the last two months. I like it, really I do, but I have a couple of questions.

OK, so it does cause me to have a lot of extra lubrication all the time. ALL the time. It also has made it to where I get the....TMI TMI TMI TMI TMI TMI....queefs quite a bit. And finally, it has made the inside of my vagina swell. Not in a painful way, in fact it is more easily, um, sexually stimulated.

Anyone notice any of these things?

Other than that, I love it. I mostly like the convenience.

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Chickee Daisy --

I have noticed some extra lubrication (though it never seems to hold out when I most need it) and the...queefing, too. Because I'm a bit weird, I think that's kind of cool. Haven't noticed any swelling, though.

Mouse65 -- I haven't noticed any change in scent or flavor, and alas, I would know, not he... The only problem havs been that he can sometimes feel it during intercourse. In which case, you can take it out.

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This is scary, just yesterday I was thinking of starting this exact thread!!

I have been using the ring for 5 months or so...I definitely like it better than the pill, mostly because I always forget to take them or I drop them down the sink drain...

I too notice extra lubrication from time to time, but it's not a problem...
I've never had a problem getting it out though.

To those of you who use it now, do your partners ever notice it? Mr. Dready says he bumps into it sometimes, but I don't know how much it bothers him... The very first time we did it when I had first started using it, we popped that sucker right out!!! [lol]

I go to Planned Parenthood because I'm poor and I only pay $14..but they told me the price would be dropping even lower! When I had insurance it never covered my pills, and those were costing about $21, so I'm saving some dough..and the convenience factor of only having to worry about it every 3 weeks or whatever can't be beat!!
And they even give you little stickers to put on your calendar for the "in" and "out" days! [Big Grin]

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paisley claus
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quote:
Originally posted by mouse65:
NuvaRing users,

Have your SO's mentioned any noticable change in, ummm, flavor or scent?

[lol] What a great first post!!!

I haven't noticed any changes in scent, and Mr. Dready hasn't said anything about flavor change.

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I get it free through the county health department. I really do love it, but I was just worried about those things.

TMI again....TMI again....TMI again....

Ok, so I have to be really careful in public, especially when I sit down, because every time I sit down I queef. Sometimes I will queef everytime I take a step. THIS IS EMBARRASING. It is the only thing I don't like about it.

As for the swelling, OK, it is kind of hard to explain. The area around the vaginal entry is swollen, and the inside is swollen up like the way it does when a woman is excited. All the time. But I'm not excited enough for it to be swollen like that or to have all that extra lube. It has taken some getting used to.

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i LOVE my nuva ring. Tmi alert............................................................................................................................................................................. Hubby bumps it now and then because (according to my gyno) my vagina points in a diff direction? but it doesnt bother him. I havent noticed any odd swelling, colors, scents, and no word on flavors. I don't get bad cramps any more any my periods are quite light. I highly reccommend! (oh, and i can get mine out easily.)

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the Nuva Ring is great. Even though I was fairly good about taking my other pills, I'd always lose/forget my bc, so I tired the patch and got nasty rashes that lasted long after I'd put a new one on. I already use Instead, so nuva ring was nothing new use-wise.

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Um, kinda of a silly question, but...what does queef mean? [lol] First time I've seen that word. [lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by dookie_booty:
Um, kinda of a silly question, but...what does queef mean? [lol] First time I've seen that word. [lol]

Vaginal flatulence

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LOL vaginal flatulence...how eloquent! [lol]

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I was on the ring for 9 months. I went off just because I'm not sexually active right now. I'm not a big fan of HBC in general but I really liked the ring when i came to my choices.

I found I less side effects on it then with the pill. I also noticed increased discharge but not to any huge degree. I never felt it and loved just being able to put it in and forget about it for 3 weeks. No doubt when I start having sex again I'll be back on it.

I have also heard from a few different women who said their partners commented on a change in scent and taste.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by dookie_booty:
Um, kinda of a silly question, but...what does queef mean? [lol] First time I've seen that word. [lol]

Vaginal flatulence
Awww, why thank you for clearing that up for me. [lol] Interesting name for it. Never really thought about...vaginal flatulance. Wierd even writing it. [Embarrassed] [lol] Pretty funny reading the Wikipedia definition of it. Don't remember the sound of it, but how can it be erotic during sex? [lol] A sub-genre of porno? Interesting... [lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by dookie_booty:
Don't remember the sound of it, but how can it be erotic during sex? [lol] A sub-genre of porno? Interesting... [lol]

I don't think it's erotic during sex, I just think it's kind of embarrasing...Ok, really embarrasing. And it's even more embarrasing in public.

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Nuva Ring users--
Do any of you experience cramps as a result of using this? I've heard that can be a side effect of IUDs, which function similarly. Since I originally went on the pill before I even started having sex, to make my periods less painful, I'm hesitant to switch to any alternate method that might not carry that benefit, especially if it makes the problem worse.

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Ana Ng
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Esprise me, I never got cramps. I think an IUD and Nuvaring are totally different because a NuvaRing is under the cervix but an IUD is intrauterine. I can see how IUDs cause cramps, but NuvaRings probably won't. I could never insert it properly, though. But it didn't hurt, and that is coming from a girl who cried being fitted for a diaphragm.

Ana

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Ditto Ana Ng on this one. The NuvaRing is not intrauterine, it's outside. And it's hormone-based, which the IUD is not necessarily (there are two types of IUD in the U.S.: one with hormones and one without), which is why the IUD is often used by women who have risk factors for hormonal BC, such as age.

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