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Getting Pregnant on Nuvaring?

I posted this on my regular board D&R but....A friend of mine who had talked to me about Nuvaring and encouraged me to try it just called and told me she got pregnant (is pregnant now) unexpectedly and that she is worried for me because she always put it in and took it out on time. She said her doctor is now not recommending it very often because this is becoming increasingly common and that she was the 2nd lady in that week pregnant while on it.

Has anyone else heard of this? 

Obviously now I'm a little nervous.
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Re: Getting Pregnant on Nuvaring?

  • The ring, like any other birth control, is not 100% effective even when used properly.  To achieve the high effectiveness rates advertised (98%, etc), you must use it perfectly 100% of the time.  In reality, that's very hard to do.  Also, there is a class action against the ring makers but that's more due to blood clots & other health issues.

    Abstinence is only 100%, but not much fun when married.

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  • I know of someone who got pregnant while using nuvaring, she was also using it properly. I guess nothing can be 100%, but I wonder if its less effective than the regular pill.
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  • Wow. You guys have me rather nervous now. I've been on it for a month, and we haven't been using any backup methods. I have an ultrasound on the 10th (possible endometriosis) and I would really rather not hear "Did you know you were pregnant?" come from the tech's lips.
  • I work in sexual health and the nuvaring is just as effective as the pill when used consistantly and correctly...

    obviously there are cases of people getting pregnant on any hormonal bc but usually there is some reason- were they on an antibiotic that counter acted with the hormone? were they removing the ring during sex (which you can do- but only for up to 2 hours)?

    or maybe they were just part of the 1% that got pregnant....

    I'm sorry that happened to your friend but you should be Ok- if you are still concerned see your doctor...?

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  • Hardly anyone who gets pregnant while on birth control has the guts to fess up and admit that they screwed up while taking it.  It's much easier to look like the victim than to look like an idiot.

    Whenever I hear someone say that they got pregnant while taking their birth control "just right", I take the last part with a huge grain of salt.

    I don't think that I'd stop using the NuvaRing just because your friend got pregnant while claiming that she used it correctly.

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    Hardly anyone who gets pregnant while on birth control has the guts to fess up and admit that they screwed up while taking it.  It's much easier to look like the victim than to look like an idiot.

    Whenever I hear someone say that they got pregnant while taking their birth control "just right", I take the last part with a huge grain of salt.

    I don't think that I'd stop using the NuvaRing just because your friend got pregnant while claiming that she used it correctly.

    I have enough sense to realize there is a possibility she was using it incorrectly. Like any BC there is still a risk of pregnancy, sometimes our bodies are just like that I suppose.  However I am very careful as to when I take it in a put it out. So I'm not so much worried about myself right now as I am possibility in the future. 

    I was mostly posting to find out if either she was probably using it incorrectly (which would actually surprise me, but accidents happen)  or if this method is easily messed up and it happens frequently, because she said her doctor told her he has had an increase of women pregnant off of Nuvaring...

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  • my room mate in college got pregnant on it.
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  • I've been using the NuvaRing for 5 years and no babies yet!
  • I've been on it... and using ONLY it... for 2 years now. No BFP for me!!! I know another woman at work who's used it for about 5 years now... no problems there either. I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep using it properly.
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