After the birth of my last child, my ObGyn and I discussed contraceptive alternatives. We decided to try the NuvaRing by Organon. After enduring 6 months of daily spotting, along with my usual monthly cycle, and a lot of discomfort, I decided this method of contraception is not for me.
The NuvaRing device looks like a large O-ring and is embedded with hormones that prevent pregnancy. You compress the device and insert it into your vagina up to your cervix. Having used a diaphragm after my first child, I was familiar with the insertion process. Like a diaphragm, it comes in various sizes depending on the size of your cervix. Your doctor must determine the size you need.
I liked the fact you insert this apparatus only once a month, removing and discarding it during your cycle. This gives you spontaneity the diaphragm does not. However, unlike my diaphragm, I could feel the NuvaRing, which is annoying.
My husband told me he could feel the device during intercourse too. I can tell you I felt a pinching sensation most times. Not one experience was the least bit exciting and the NuvaRing caused several incidents of unfinished business due to discomfort.
As for the spotting, my doctor told me some initial spotting is normal. My case was not normal by any means. The only good thing that came with the NuvaRing was my cycle was lighter. How could it not be?
I did not get pregnant, so the NuvaRing worked to prevent pregnancy. I guess that could be considered good because the NuvaRing does its job. It may be perfect for some women, but the NuvaRing is definitely not for me.
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