Drug Ratings for NUVARING

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 1  contraception I really wanted Nuvaring to work. It seemed so convenient. This is my first experience taking hormonal birth control besides Plan B...Within just two hours I started to feel strong hormonal effects, and became extremely moody. Not fun. Went to sleep a few hours later, woke up in the middle of the night in my dark room in a strange flash of bright light and heat. Decided this wasn't for me and removed it while experiencing serious double vision. Terrifying! Do your research! Please use caution with this method. Although everyone definitely will have a different experience. F 24 1 days
11/19/2014

 1  pregnancy control No sex drive and if that's not bad enough. 10 lbs weight gain always tired and fatigued. I seriously take naps like 3 or 6 times a week. I have dryness to and my nipples get so tender on a new ring. I don't think I am going to be taking it anymore 29 4 years
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11/7/2014

 1  Birth Control Where to begin. I felt ok the first 2 months with pain during sex. Pain to the point of tears and needing a heat pack immediately after. I experienced only slight irritability which I attributed to starting back to college after 6 years and working full time. Month 3 began and I was not myself at all. Mood swings, emotional outbursts, extreme fatigue, depression, insecurity. My boyfriend commented that I was not myself lately. I would cry at the drop of a hat for no reason whatsoever. I have never been irritable or emotional and the Nuvaring brought out the absolute worst in me. Needless to say, the convenience of not having to take a pill is not worth the pressure on my relationship or my emotional sanity. I took the ring out Saturday night and by Monday was back to normal. Everyone has different results and this is only my experience but based on my experience, I would not recommend the Nuvaring. F 24 4 days
10/29/2014
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 2  Birth Control This is my third month using Nuvaring and it will be my last. The first month I bled for 28 days straight, and noticed I was quite moody and a little fragile. The doctor said this was normal as my body was getting used to the hormones. My breasts were really tender and I went from a B cup to a D cup... not a bad thing I know, but I felt bloated and swollen all over my body, not just breasts. The second month there was no bleeding, just when I removed the ring which is normal. However, as soon as i inserted it, there was a definite shift in my mood/attitude. Usually, i am a very happy person, laid back and never moody. The Nuvaring was making me more emotional and I would cry over the silliest thing. Also, I realised I was getting annoyed at my partner for things that dont usually annoy me. This third month has been the killer for me. Apart from gaining around 6lbs in the last 3 months which is getting me down, my libido is definitely declining. i find myself forcing myself t F 28 3 months
1X D
10/8/2014
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 5  Period Regulation / Birth Control I'm shocked that people have had negative side effects...After reading these reviews, I now know just how vastly different birth control effects us all... I've NEVER had any side affects from the nuvaring. I get a little bloated during me period and mild cramps, but thats it! I've only felt major side effects from testing different pills (weight gain, extreme psycoticness, depression, etc.) I've been using the Nuvaring for about 3 years. F 25
1X M
9/22/2014
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 5  Prevent pregnancy My face is extremely dry.. I have to layer on moisturizer constantly. My skin gets so flaky & gets irritated quickly. It was never like that! Plus I have gained weight [2lbs] since starting and I have bad ovary pain on my left side. F 30 10 days
9/15/2014
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 1  Birth Control My experience has been AWFUL! I am a newly wed (4 months) And the nuva ring has KILLED my once vibrant sex life. My husband and I started having issues because of my lack of interest to sex which was NEVER as issue before. Needless to say we have decided to get rid of nuva ring. It's not worth it. I'm at the point I don't even want to be touched and I'm 100 % positive it's the nuva ring. Ladies spare yourself of the issues that go along with this birth control. It will cause more issues than you can imagine sexually and mentally. F 28 4 months
9/14/2014
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 3  To regulate my period & protection I have been on nuvaring for a year. I experience some moodiness and sometimes my period is off. But overall I'm protected greatly. And I have not gained any extreme weight. It has varied from ten pounds. I was 163 when I got on it and the highest weight I have ever gotten to was 173 but I'm about 167 now. So no drastic weight change. F 16 1 years
9/13/2014

 3  pregnancy prevention Nuvaring is great as far as having a short regular period. And my face is completely clear all the time. I have however gained about 20 pounds and my sex drive is nonexistent. I also feel like a psychopath most days because I'm up and down with emotions and have constant anxiety. F 29 1 years
9/6/2014

 3  Don't want another child just yet I first put in the nuva ring on sunday. Monday I felt great. A little tired ( I never take naps and I had to take one). That night I could not sleep at all. Now today, I have already fallen asleep twice! I can't help it. I have a 2 year old, so falling asleep randomly is not good. I also work, so not seeing how randomly falling asleep and feeling extremely fatigued is going to work out well for me. Haven't really had many other side effects besides dizziness and last night, I had sharp pain on the right side of chest. I don't even know if I am going to leave it in for the full 3 weeks. I have tried the depo shot and bc pills and neither of the made me tired. F 31 3 days
9/2/2014
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 4  Periods & pregnancy prevention Decreased libido! I've been on & off NUVARING since I was 18 and NEVER experienced side effects until now. Actually, I think the side effects started after I had my first daughter, almost 4 years ago. But I just thought it was my hormones. My sex drive was almost gone. And it never really came back. Last month, I didn't get the ring because of insurance purposes, and was a total horn dog again!! Much to my husband's excitement. ;) This month... back on the ring and back to being "Eh" about sex. Coincidence?? F 27 9 years
8/26/2014

 1  Pregnancy Prevention Fatigue, irritability, dizziness, light headed, sensitive to motion, gastrointestinal disturbances, diarrhea. I started off loving the nuvaring! It was convenient and I felt great! The past 2 months I have notice an increased sensitivity to motion. I get in a car and get so motion sick it almost makes me vomit. I have also had an increase in diarrhea and upset stomachs. I was convinced I was getting acquired lactose intolerance or celiac disease... I could not come to a conclusion but reading about other peoples issues with nuvaring it's starting to all come together! Just wish there was a birth control out there that was this convenient without all the side effects. F 22 4 months
8/23/2014

 1  birth control and heavy periods Terrible mood swings. Horrible anxiety and depression the week before my period. Didn't have that problem before going on it. Weight gain approx 5-10 pounds. Zero and I mean ZERO sex drive. That is why the nuva ring is so effective at preventing pregnancy is because it destroys your libido. Also had increased frequency of yeast infections as well as frequent vaginal dryness. Plus side is that my period is about 3 days and much lighter, no cramps, and skin has cleared up. Overall, I hate wearing it and would rather deal with acne, heavier flow and cramps than go through the emotional roller coaster that is the nuvaring. I want to want sex again. This nuvaring makes me feel like a 90 year old crazy woman. F 29 3 months
1 ring
8/16/2014

 2  To prevent pregnancy and cramping Decreased libido (it's doing it's job; I'm not pregnant because I have no desire to sleep with my husband), painful intercourse, severe breakouts the week of my period. On the plus side, my periods are MUCH shorter now... about 3-4 days and much lighter. If I wasn't sexually active and just using this to help with cramping and periods, it would be fine, however, I'm a newlywed and want to WANT to have sex with my husband. F 28 14 months
1X D
8/2/2014

 1   During the time I was on Nuvaring I experienced several vaginal infections. I had never gotten a vaginal infection until then, Not even a yeast infection. After removing the Nuva ring the infections are reoccurring. I have spent lots of money in dictors, testing, and medication. My doctor has prescribed several different antibiotics along with vaginal creams. I have also tried to change my diet and added prebiotic to try to stabilize my flora. Nothing seems to be working. I don't know what else to try. I removed the Nuvaring in April, we are at the end of July and I still have not gotten any better. Should anyone have any suggestions please share. I am very disappointed and dissatisfied and will not recommend it. F 29 4 months
7/26/2014
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 1  birth control abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, increased thirst (extreme), increased hunger inserted the ring early Sunday and everything was fine. By late Tuesday evening I couldn't take the side effects anymore! F 28 2 days
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7/16/2014

 2  Pregnancy prevention At first, I thought I liked the NR! I experienced some increase in breast size and a bit of fatigue at first but it didn't bother me. About 4 months in, I started to feel anxious and depressed all the time. I've had depression and anxiety in the past, and I thought I was slipping back. I was crying constantly, very irritable, frequent panic/anxiety attacks, always feeling depressed, unsure, angry, sad. My boyfriend commented frequently that I was not myself at all and it caused a lot of strife between us. As soon as I looked up reviews, I thought...this has to be it. Less than 48 hours after removing it, my boyfriend commented that I seemed to "light up" and I've felt so much better. Now have the copper IUD and loving it. Would not recommend NR at all, especially for those with mental health concerns. F 20 6 months
1X D
6/30/2014

 1  Birth Control Started the nuva ring after having my 3rd child. I liked it because it was easy and seemed to really work for me.. well Recently I was hospitalized 3days bc it gave me 2 blood clots that went to my lungs and could have killed me. I am a young mother of 3.. to know that I will be on a blood thin med for 6mos and I am still recovering 10 days later from these clots that wont be gone for at least 3-6 mos plus the symptoms I am having from stopping the nuva ring has totally scared me to death.. please do not take this nuva ring.. thank God I got lucky and had symptoms but theres alot of women/girls that have not. Any birth control has a risk but please research and understand all risks before considering any kind of BC. GOD BLESS XO F 29 2 years
5/24/2014
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 1  regulate periods and ovarian cysts vaginal irritation, wetness and dryness, headaches, nausea, constipation, heart palpitations, mood swings: irritability, depression, paranoid/ocd, anxiety, possible alcohol intolerance, huge libido killer!! I would get ovarian cysts that were big and extremely painful, so I decided to use the NuvaRing. I've used the pill before and only really experienced some mood changes and weight gain. During the 1st and 2nd month on Nuvaring, I noticed an excess of wetness/secretions, headaches just about every day, nausea, and constipation, that went away by the 2nd and 3rd month. But the vaginal irritation took over to an extreme. It felt like something was in there and that it had to come out. It made me feel like I was swollen and just overall totally uncomfortable. I've never hated my vagina, but the NuvaRing made me hate it. I also became depressed, very anxious, worried, and irritable. One of the worst side effects I've had is heart palpitations. Having these are normal every once in a while, but I've had them frequent and strong enough that it makes me so uncomfortable and even more anxious. Apparently hormonal changes can cause that. Lastly, it's made my sex life nonexistent. It makes sex not appealing and makes me want nothing to do with sex, which in reality I do! Its the ring. Total mood and sex killer, anxiety inhibitor, and just horrible. Thought I found a good BC, but now I'm scared of hormonal BC. I think I'll take the risks of dealing with cysts over the crazy that the NuvaRing makes me feel. F 21 6 months
1X M
5/21/2014

 3  birth control, heavy painful period Exhaustion, cramping, pain and numbness in legs, shortness of breath, low sex drive, emotionally off, lightheadedness, vomiting, lack of patience, constant bleeding/spotting. I am still using the nuvaring as everyone had told me the first month is the worst, but if things don't start to improve I will take it out. I started spotting for my last cycle on April 22, and inserted the ring on the 24th. Things have been up and down since then with all the symptoms, but the most frustrating part is that I haven't stopped bleeding. I have been bleeding or spotting everyday since I put the ring in, and now I have been developing cramps. I am suppose to take it out this Thursday to have a period, but I have already been bleeding for 23 days. I feel drained mostly, and my lack of sex drive makes things difficult for my husband, and I just don't enjoy sex anymore. I have also noticed some hair loss, and if I work out at the gym or go for a jog i feel horrible during or after. And my alcohol tolerance had almost diminished. I will give it until I insert the new ring. But if things get worse or I don't stop bleeding, it's coming out for good. F 26 3 weeks
5/13/2014
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 4  Becoming sexually active At first I had absolutly no problems with the nuva ring it was awesome! I could control my periods very easily! I had no discomfort during sex but i dont think it was the same story for my partner lol. After over a year i was starting to hate it. It made my vagina more loose and it was starting to get extremely uncomfortable and impossible to put it in without feeling it. Eventually i started to spot all the time on it and it was super annoying. Im off it now but it did its job i dont have any children :) F 19 1 years
5/4/2014

 5  Contraception The only side effect I have noticed is that my periods are extremely short, like literally 2-4 days in length (honestly not that bad of a thing considering my periods used to last 3+ weeks when not on birthcontrol) I love the nuvaring, I have not experienced any bad side effects, and its extremely easy to use! I constantly forgot to take my pill form birth control so my hormones were way out of wack and the patch made my skin so sensitive a slight breeze irritated me. So this works amazing for me F 32 3 years
1X M
4/25/2014
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 2  Birth Control Extreme dizziness and headaches!!! F 25 1 days
1 ring 1X M
4/8/2014

 1  Birth Control HORRIBLE ACNE.Constantly having the feeling to pee, even when I didn't have to. Stomach ache all the time. Mood swings. Diarrhea or abnormal movements everyday. Felt like a complete different person. The ring is very uncomfortable from the beginning. Had intercourse maybe 3 times and felt even worse after. I use to be on the pill but couldn't remember to take it so my doctor recomended the NUVARING and said it was great. Yeah, NOT AT ALL. For the past 4 years I rarely have had acne,only when i got my period and I have been broken out already for 2 weeks. I look horrible. PLEASE DONT USE THIS PRODUCT! F 20 2 weeks
1X D
3/26/2014

 1  Birth control I went w/nuvaring as I am sensitive to pills-i did some research prior to and found many reasons why it would be worth a shot.....only to experience a scare of a lifetime it begin with EXTREME Dizziness, light headaches, extreme hair loss, no sex drive, mood swings, depression, loss of energy. After much research I am in dismay how high the risk is and how many women have truly suffered severe side effects including death at 27yrs of age from a blood clot. Please please protect yourself from the chances & if your reading this because you are curious of Nuva ring is responsible for something being out of the norm for you- take it out immediately, it may save your life and health. F 34 3 months
3/24/2014

 1  pregnancy prevention Headache, cramping, generally feeling unwell, mood swings. Not worth the side effects and the life threatening ones. F 30 4 days
3/12/2014

 2  birth control, pcos Placed ring first day of period and imediately had severe cramps in my back. Period was weird, lite and stringy. Called dr and asked to try something else as I couldn't take anymore. F 33 7 days
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2/2/2014
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 3  birth control When I started nuvaring, every thing seemed normal. It was great birth control and my periods were very regular. But then about 3 months into using nuvaring, I noticed a severely decreased sex drive (as in my boyfriend had to bring it to my attention that he felt neglected). About another month after that, I felt the slow oncomings of anxiety. I thought this was just related to a pre-existing anxiety issue (that had been under control for 7 years). Then I started questioning everything I was doing and everything in my life. It didn't make sense. It is now months later, and I put aside the thought that it was my birth control, and my anxiety is the worst it's ever been. I'm still on the Nuvaring, but am seriously considering removing it permanently on my next cycle after consulting my ob/gyn. My attacks are daily, and I just overall don't feel right. I get hot flashes, feel scared/alone for no direct reason, suffer from a loss of appetite and have severe nausea, and feel overwhelmed & depressed. F 25 1 years
1/16/2014
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 2  prevent pregnancy and clear up skin I have taken the Nuvarung for over 3 years now since I had my son. At first i did not realize or even think about the Nuvaring having any side effects, because I thought I was just anxious and it was all in my head. I have been on it for 3 years, but only become aware of the symptoms in the past year. I have extreme anxiety all the time, sever heart palpitTions on a daily basis, shortness of breath, skin itchiness for no reason, hot and cold flashes, leg numbness, high blood pressure, occasional dizziness/lack of balance, occasional depression, moodiness, lack of patience. In the last year, i have had such a fear of dying from a heart attack or stroke....which causes even more anxiety. My heart palpitations occur even when i am resting, and i feel like i cannot even function like a normal person. At first i thought it was just my anxiety and maybe i needed to get my thyroid checked, but now i know the Nuvaring is contributing to my symptoms too. Please be aware of your physical and mental state while on this bc. My symptoms have increased and worsened gradually over the past 3 years from the Nuvaring. F 24 3 years
1/6/2014
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 1  prevent pregnancy I was very moody and had extreme depression and attempted suicide --never experienced depression ever before. I had horrible abdominal pain and cramps (as I did with the deposit shot). I had headaches and nausea in the beginning. I had a decreased sex drive --non existent--which made the birth control in vain. I would NEVER recommend this for anyone. F 31 3 weeks
12/7/2013
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 4  birth control I have been on the pill and the depo shot before and nuvaring is by far the best I've ever been on. So far my only side effect is itchy nipples! It is driving me crazy! But well worth it. F 22 2 weeks
11/30/2013
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 1  For some protection for My partner For awhile you seem okay, then severe belly pain that feels like non stop beginning of your period. Sex drive goes way down. Your mood isnt so great. Just horrible cramps. I have been on it a year and now all this is unbarable After sex I put it in and its horrible pain I cant use the ring anymore its gotten to the point I cry its gotten that bad and I have no idea why, it was going good the whole year, great birth control then horrible. F 19 1 years
11.mg
11/19/2013
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 4  PMDD weight gain, irritability after 2 weeks, decreased sex drive I use nuvaring only to relieve symptoms of pmdd not for contraception I use it continuously to stop menstruation, after 2 weeks of insertion I have to replace with a new ring because I become irritable and feel depressed Nuvaring has helped more than other contraceptives including YAZ and anti depressants (including zoloft, prozac, cymbalta, lexapro, effexor) F 41 8 months
2X M
11/3/2013

 1  Prevent pregnancies Extreme anxiety to the point of constant depersonalization, deep depression, hypoglycemia, tingling, hypocondria, NO sex drive, pain during sex, loss of hair and MANY others! DO NOT TAKE THIS POISON! Stay far far away from hormonal birth control. Nuvaring ruined my life and I'm still recovering 4 months after quitting. I ended up twice in ER thinking I was dying just because of this devil poison. F 23 5 years
1X D
8/26/2013
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 1  to help control periods because of Severe depression UTI'S pain F 27 6 months
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8/22/2013

 1  for birth control Severe hot flashes, low libido, extreme fatigue, moodiness, aching breasta F 34 5 days
8/19/2013

 2   Low libido,vaginal dryness,weight gain, Fatigued,moodiness F 32 3 years
8/3/2013

 4  Birth Control typical side effects of Nuvaring. I have been on Nuvaring for 5 years, I have had the typical side effects of the drug, nothing inconvenient or out of the ordinary. Have enjoyed short lighter periods, no weight gain. I do have a decreased sex drive and from reading the posts now I am aware that it is the drug, but I figure that wont kill me so i'm ok with nuvaring since ive been dependent and comfortable with it for years now. F 26 5 years
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7/25/2013
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 4  birth control & endometriosis Overall I love it. I've had varying side effects throughout my experience. Positive: weight loss, increase in breast size, lighter periods, less cramping during periods, (eventually) increased sex drive. Negative: cramping at random points in cycle, irritability (and regular PMS) nausea for the first few months upon insertion of the ring for the next few days. Now I have had severe cramping this past month or two both mid cycle and for the week before and after reinsertion. F 23 11 months
1X M
7/24/2013

 1  Birth control Had the absolute worst emotional/psychological side effects. Severe anxiety & depression. Unbelievable mood swings. Nausea and swollen feet/ankles. Would not recommend to anyone. F 32 6 months
1 ring
7/15/2013

 1  birth control severe depression, crying fits, headaches, insomnia, anxiety This birth control is absolutely horrible. I've always been a happy go lucky gal, but 2 weeks after inserting this ring of hell, I turned a complete 180. Crying for no reason at all, my depression became so bad I didn't want to see or talk to anyone and just lay on my couch, I completely ignored my boyfriend, I couldn't sleep and had severe anxiety about it. Kept going to the doctor thinking I was going insane or dying. Took the thing out this morning and feel relieved. F 25 14 days
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5/31/2013

 5  Pregnancy prevention & Endo Love this birth control!! It cleared my skin up. I have not gained any weight. It has reduced cramping. Have never had better results on birth control. F 21 3 years
5/20/2013

 3  not to get prego Bad headache I feel super tired and bloated I don't know if its from the ring or not but I didn't have none of these till I started it! I like the only 2 day period n its easy to put in and take out I don't even feel it when its in F 24 3 months
5/15/2013

 3  Prevent pregnancy Noticeable hair loss and thinning, severe hopeless feeling, extreme fatigue from moment I woke up, so hungry all the time, no motivation for anything, mouth ulcers which are not something i have ever gotten before, totally random painful headaches, blinding pain after intercourse, and plenty more progressively. At first I was so happy to have this, it was easy and seemed to not have any side effects for me...and i thought it was wonderful, I even recommended it to others. But at the end of the month while I had it out for the week break I looked back over the month and couldn't believe how unhappy and withdrawn I'd become, I stopped doing my hair or makeup or even getting dressed and was just sour all the time and so incredibly tired...not to mention all the physical problems developing, the doctor said to give it three months at least but no way! F 31 1 months
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5/13/2013
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 4  Pregnancy prevention, light period For the most part I am happy with this birth control method. Little uncomfortable shoving it it in. I gag. Every time I take it out I'm gassy, stomache goes crazy, shorter lighter periods though. Been on it for 4 years now. F 23 1 days
5/10/2013

 1  pregancy prevention No sex drive, irritability, dizziness, exhaustion F 25 2 months
4/22/2013

 1  Vacation Well, the only reason I was using nuvaring is because I was going on vacation and did not want my period during that time. So one months duration of the ring was all I needed. On day one (sunday)and two I was fine with it. I then started to notice that I was feeling agitated, having mood swings , blurred vision, tiredness and overall not feeling like myself. I tried not to think and obsess about it being the ring's cause, I really wanted it to work well with my body's chemistry. As the days progressed into the weekend (Saturday) I had enough. It's so strange that estrogen would have such an effect on your system. I think the MOST deciding factor of removing this foreign object is the lack of desire to have sex!!! I have a very healthy appetite sexually and it had diminished it. I don't know if it was psychological because of my moodiness and overall not feeling well so I could care less about having sex or if the estrogen in the ring had an effect on that as well. The only form of bc that worked really well with me after having two children was the iud. It had no side effects, I'm fact it made my periods lighter and more tolerable. I had my iud in for 10 years and then decided to have another child and upon removal, I became pregnant within two months. If anyone is on the fence about birth control, I would really look into an iud for i felt fortunate to have had it suggested to me by my obgyn twenty years ago and lived a happy healthy sexual being and not having to worry abou F 44 6 days
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4/7/2013
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 3  prevent pregnancy When I was younger I tried a couple pills and experienced weight gain and mood swings with each (could have been my age though), so I switched to Nuva ring. Loved it for the first year or so and had no issues besides acne. I was starting to feel bipolar and my doctor put me on anti depressants and anxiety meds (tried FOUR kinds) with no luck. Stopped those and stopped nuvaring after a breakup. Felt awesome during my time off birth control entirely. Been with my current man for 9 months and restarted the ring a month in. Nothing but hell since. I argue over nothing and have zero patience. I'm a total bitch now. I have the worst acne on my face you could ever imagine and nothing will help it. I also have ZERO sex drive to the point where its damaging my relationship. I'm tempted to stop birth control completely because the hormones just mess with my head & body too much. F 20 2 years
1 ring
3/14/2013
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 5  contraceptive hair loss I love it! F 30 6 years
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2/8/2013
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 1  birth control Horrible mood swings I would cry for the smallest things or get incredibly mad. I felt so exhausted all the time. I did manage to lose 15 pounds but immediately gained them back once of the ring. Terrible birth control. F 21 1 years
1/18/2013

 5  Birth control Headaches, slight cramping, heavier periods, joint aches F 23 3 months
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1/9/2013

 1  Mood, heavy period, strong cramping It took only a matter of minutes to start feeling discomfort in vaginal area (inside and out). Heavy discharge, nausea, bad mood, sadness and headache. Pain in entire body (cramping in uterus, outside, and legs). Strong heart palpitations and anxiety. Resumed, made everything I was trying to regulate or eliminate, worse. Felt unsafe and at risk, and took it off. F 33 3 days
0.015mg
12/31/2012

 1  Birth control Migraines, nausea, weight gain, but the emotional impact has taken a huge toll on my life. Anxiety, paranoia, mood swings, lack of patience, unbelievable sadness, and uncontrollable anger made me destroy relationships that were very important to me. It has been out for 2 weeks and I have lost 7 lbs and feel better already. If you do choose to use this drug, please observe your mood and don't let it get out of hand. F 36 6 months
12/24/2012

 3  Birth Control Acne Improvement, vaginal wetness, depression/ emotional anxiety. I noticed the wetness within a couple weeks of using the drug. It was inconvenient and uncomfortable but at the time better then forgetting pills. Within a couple months my skin cleared up like I've never seen. I never connected the drug with my depression but it started about the same time/a little before my skin started clearing up. I went off the drug for a few months- the wetness was driving me crazy. My skin got worse but my emotions improved (I thought I was just less stressed). I've been back on it for a few months now to help my skin. I've started to become depressed and emotional all over again. It's effecting my performance in gradschool. I'm going to stop taking it and try to find something else to help my skin. F 24
1X M
12/15/2012

 3  Ovarian cysts, contraception Water retention, minimal weight gain (3 lbs or less, hard to quantify due to excessive water retention and loss every couple weeks), more leveled-out emotions, tender breasts, breast size increase, intermittent vaginal itching, clearer skin, increased vaginal discharge (sometimes white with the accompanying itch, other times slightly yellow and thicker), more intense cramping and heavier periods, nocturia, intermittent hot and cold spells. I was previously on Loestrin FE 1mg tablets, and switched to Nuvaring due to emotional upheaval. I was hoping the consistent amount of hormone delivery may help with my awful pre-menstrual exacerbation of a pre-existing depressive disorder. The breast size increase is very noticeable, as is some weight re-distribution around my stomach and hips. My breasts are a half cup size larger, maybe a bit more. I weighed 145lbs previously and currently weigh 139, but this increases with water retention oftentimes to 148 and back down again. The itchyness in the vaginal area presents just like a yeast infection would, odor and all, but disappears within 2 days. Happens about once a month. F 24 4 months
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12/13/2012

 1  Cyclic Migraines Asthma exacerbation, daily headaches, lethargy Not certain this medicine is the actual cause of increase in asthma symptoms, but not willing to take a chance. Have not had day without asthma symptoms 2 weeks after starting this medicine. Each day gets worse, now my athletic daughter can not even swim 15minutes without needing inhaler. Has missed the last 2 weeks of swim and a meet as she can not get off couch. Would not recommend taking this if you have asthma. Really frustrated that it took me 2 whole months to make the connection between her increased asthma symptoms (that were perfectly controlled prior to insertion) and the possibility that the ring was causing it. F 13 2 months
1X D
12/11/2012
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 3  Pregnancy prevention I used nuva ring previously but had been off all birth control for a year. Got a new boyfriend, restarted the ring and then remembered-- I never had emotional side effects but the physical ones...well, eww! Smelly BV, loss of lubrication, loss of sex drive, bloating & heaviness. I'm afraid of what my new fella is thinking! Took it out and going back to the patch :( F 35 1 months
12/7/2012

 5  birth control As I just said on the patch review. I was on depo forever and in between kids. Doctor put me on the patch and then nuvaring due to bone concerns. Depo was great. No weight gain or mood issues. The patch and ring are horrible!!!!!!! Weight gain,migraines,vision problems,HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. F 27 4 months
12/1/2012

 3  birth control Mild to moderate chronic depression (dysthymia), elevated cholesterol, weight gain, dry eyes, low/no sex drive For the most part, I felt fine while using Nuvaring, but I decided to stop because it is not covered by my insurance under the ACA, so I have to pay for it still. I've been on four other pills and tried the Mirena IUD and all were intolerable. Nuvaring did work best for me, but once I was off, I realized that the chronic, low grad depression (dysthymia) was lifting and I had a normal sex drive again. It's going to take longer to see if the other side effects dissipate, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they do. I think Nuvaring can be a good option for some people, but in the end I don't think any hormonal birth control will work for me. F 28 5 years
1X M
11/19/2012

 1  Regulate Periods Extreme fatigue/sleepiness, breakouts, bad pelvic cramping, discharge increase, loss of libido, bad headaches, shortness of breath, felt like I would pass out, sadness, weepiness, cysts in breasts, breast growth about three hours after inserting ring I had cramping, within a week everything else hit. two days before I was supposed to take it out I couldn't even stand up with out things getting fuzzy around the edges and almost passing out. I took the ring out at three in the afternoon, and by 11 PM I was feeling 50% better. Three days later I am still having issues with bad dizziness and extreme fatigue. Feels like my body is full of lead and I can't wake up. Going to the doctor tomorrow because my blood pressure is sky high. F 27 19 days
1 Ring 1X M
11/17/2012

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