Re: When do I start Nuva Ring?
I stopped using the patch on my own for 2 months and then decided to go back on birth control. My periods stopped. I found out that your periods can stop for upto six months after suddenly stopping birth control. Anyway, my doctor wanted to wait until I had a period before inserting the ring. She gave me meds to try and provoke the period to start, and nothing for 2 more months. She finally decided to go ahead and insert the ring in hopes that it would help to get the period starting. After 2 months on the ring, my period finally started back to normal. So, I am guessing that you can start it close to when your period is about to end or even before it ends. You have to insert it on a Sunday. BUT REMEMBER...you have to use regular birth control for at least 2 weeks when just starting the ring. Meaning you need to either use condoms or some other form of protection until then. Go to the ring web site and read more there. It has the insert information there too. Another warning about the ring...in the 2 months that I was on it, my appetite...especially for sweets was out of control! I was never so hungry all the time. I go to the gym 4 days a week, buy still gained 13 lbs in those 2 months. I switch over to the patch to help stop the weight gain, but still have effects. So now I am going to try the Mirena IUD. I read a lot on that. Other than periods for the first 3-6 months, it supposedly is the safest and causes no weight gain. We'll see what happens. I'm getting it inserted next week after my period is over.