We know you are considering NuvaRing because it sounds so easy. Maybe you don’t want to be hassled by taking a pill every single day. Maybe you don’t want to use condoms or a diaphragm.
You may be thinking about these benefits when you think of NuvaRing:
- You only have to insert it once a month (and take it out once a month), but that’s only two things to remember.
- You don’t have to remember to take a pill every day or remember to do anything before sex to prevent pregnancy.
- And it protects you from getting pregnant!
- Every one says it’s safe. (Okay, let’s be honest here, you’ve heard a few stories, so not every one says it’s safe.)
It just sounds so convenient!
Nothing will happen to you. After all, you’re young, you’re healthy. Right?
That’s exactly what women we know thought before they developed serious conditions or died from deep vein thrombosis, strokes, cerebral hemorrhages, pulmonary embolisms.
Do you know that NuvaRing has a higher rate of blood clots than earlier pills?
Did your healthcare provider just say it was safe?
Did your healthcare provider instruct you on the signs or symptoms to watch out for should you develop a blood clot or other serious problem?
Or did they even tell you that one of the first signs of a pulmonary embolism is sudden death?
Do you know that there are safer birth control options that are even more effective or that there are safer combination hormonal birth control available to you?
So what are those risks you keep hearing about?
When we say risks, we don’t mean the common side effects, such as
- vaginal infections and irritation
- weight gain
- breast tenderness
- not to mention moodiness, irritability, itchiness, and all those other annoying responses of your body.
Combination hormonal contraception affects every organ in your body. Made with artificial hormones they trick your body into believing it is pregnant so that you won’t ovulate.
NuvaRing is made with an artificial estrogen and a third generation progestin. Third generation (and fourth generation) progestins repeatedly show a higher risk for women to form blood clots in major studies. There are other problems about NuvaRing that we discuss on other pages, but you can see the latest study out of europe in this graph or in a new study in the British Medical Journal published in May 2015. You can read the new study here. bmj.h2135.full-3 The drug desogestrel is related to etonogestrel, the progestin used in NuvaRing. Unfortunately, these studies are difficult to read, but basically they affirm that there is a higher risk of blood clots with the newer combination hormonal contraceptives. See the box on the left hand side on page 1.
NuvaRing is advertised as a continuous low dose product, but read here what Best Pills, Worst Pills has to say about the research.
We are talking here about the real risks: the risks to your health, the risks that put you in the hospital, now and in the future, and especially the risks to your life.
There are other long-term effects to taking hormonal birth control that have to do with increased risks for cancer, which we will talk more about later.
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Estrogen is in a group of compounds named for their importance in the reproductive cycle. They are the primary female sex hormones. They are used in almost all combination hormonal contraceptives, along with Progestin, a synthetic progestogen used to suppress ovulation.
Estrogen affects the natural blood clotting mechanism in your body. That is why you always hear that there is an increased risk of blood clots, and all those other really bad reactions, when people talk about taking hormonal birth control. The type of progestin used in a birth control product affects the estrogen in your body. This is why there are concerns about the third and fourth generation progestins, which show a higher risk for serious, life threatening reactions.
We hope you take a look around this site to learn more.
We believe in a woman’s choice to become pregnant when she wants to, but we also want every woman to understand the risks and find the safest birth control possible. You deserve to know all the information you can about any product you put in your body, especially if it can harm or kill you.
Yes, all hormonal birth control have risks, but some have more risk than others.
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IMPORTANT: Information shared on this website is not intended to
take the place of the discussion that you should have with your doctor/health provider.