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AIBU to not understand why nobody seems to know about Nuvaring?

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Ruralninja Tue 10-Mar-15 21:51:02

There seems to be so little information/promotion of the Nuvaring as a method of contraception. It's the same hormones as the combined pill, but it is a flexible plastic ring you insert in your fanjo, leave for three weeks, then remove for the week of your period. The advantage is a greatly reduced level of hormones required for contraceptive effect as it is delivered locally. Somewhat ironically, I used to fly to Ireland to get mine when it was approved in the EU for use, but not in the UK. It now is approved in the UK and would surely be a great option for so many women. You can't feel it during sex and all you have to do is set a reminder on your phone - once to take it out, once to put the next one in. I loved it and used it for five years. Hope at least one person looks into it as a result of my post.

Lovemycatsandkids Tue 10-Mar-15 21:54:40

The more choices the better op. There's precious little really.

ClaireFraser Tue 10-Mar-15 22:07:07

Because it has a huge number of side effects and has caused deaths in America, which the pharmaceutical companies are trying to brush under the carpet. This article from Vanity Fair is a pretty good place to start here
There's no bloody way I'd be risking it. I took Yasmin in my teens/early twenties and I'm pretty sure that got withdrawn due to side effects. There really isn't enough info given out by GPs on the side effects for different contraceptives imo.

Seshata Tue 10-Mar-15 23:15:32

I agree GPs do tend to understate the side effects of all forms of hormonal birth control. Pregnancy is usually much riskier though! That vanity fear article has been heavily criticised. This article is one of many that gives a much more measured view of the blood clot risks with nuvaring:
www.womenshealthmag.com/health/nuvaring

It's worth noting that risks of blood clots during pregnancy and in the postpartum period are far higher than while using any form of hormonal birth control. The figures cited in the vanity fair article sound scary (6 times more likely! 56% increase!) but translate to an additional 1 or 2 women in 10000 developing blood clots each year compared to the pill. I have no other risk factors, and for me it's worth not being pregnant. Obviously not everyone is willing to take that risk.

My GP recommended I use Nuvaring when I was at uni, after the pill had a dramatic impact on my mental health. I love it, and have never experienced any problems with it. I'm back on nuvaring again now after a disastrous experiment with Mirena, and won't be trying any other forms of hormonal contraception. I agree it should be more widely promoted.

PacificDogwood Tue 10-Mar-15 23:21:08

I am a GP and anybody I ever mention it to looks at my like this: shock

It has been my experience that our practice population are not all that keen on having to insert something vaginally, so I keep offering it but have not prescribed it once in the ?how many years since it was approved for use in the UK.

Different methods of contraception suit different women at different times in their lives and yes, of course they can have, potentially severe, unwanted effects. As can unwanted pregnancy or indeed wanted pregnancy. So, I try to give all the information and then women chose what they feel would suit them best.
In terms of how something agrees to an individual, well, there's no predicting that. Any method needs to be tried out and what agrees with one person may not with another.

Wrt to promoting it, it is on every 'contraceptive choices' leaflet used here and at family planning clinics.

notnaice Tue 10-Mar-15 23:23:35

I've never heard of it... old gimmer though

delbee Tue 10-Mar-15 23:24:52

I was on the nuvaring for about year back in 2005. I was on it because I was having a lot if side effects from the pill. I got pregnant whilst on it. I'm back on the pill now.

DinoRAUR Tue 10-Mar-15 23:30:16

I've just started using it, but I had to hassle my GP who didn't even give me the option until I researched contraceptives when the pill and implant had disastrous effects on my MH.

The GP's I've seen haven't promoted it, or even presented it as an option. They push the implant and mini pill though.

NeedsAsockamnesty Tue 10-Mar-15 23:32:13

I looked into it recently and was told lots of places won't issue it because its expensive in comparison to other methods

Qwebec Wed 11-Mar-15 00:14:45

I take it since 5y. I don't like taking the pill. I like the fact that I don't have to think about it each day, that the level of hormones are lower, that I feel more the natural variations in my body and my mood than with the pill. But I can manage my PMS, if I found it difficult I'd go back on oral hormones.

I remove it when I have sex but it is not necessary if you tuck it deep enough. Only down side is that since I use it I don't use my mooncup as much : I would have something in my vagina all the time and I like having a break (not that I feel either, it's more a mental thing).

It is said to be more effective than the pill, but the pills rate is lessened because people forget to take it. If you are steady the effectiveness is the same. I know a woman who got pregnant twice while on the pill. No contrcaptive is perfect.

Knowing someone who used the Nuvaring made me change my method of choice. If there was no one I could have talked to about it I would have probably sticked to the pill.

It costs 5$ more than the pill, the difference is not huge.

itsbetterthanabox Wed 11-Mar-15 00:17:54

I know about it but was told it isn't available at my gum clinic or doctors.
It's combined hormones so do you know if it's still something migraine sufferers should avoid?

FatCunt Wed 11-Mar-15 00:31:14

I went to my local sexual gelato clinic and was offered implant or mirena. And a handful of condoms. They love their LARCs.

FatCunt Wed 11-Mar-15 00:32:48

what the fuck iOS?

Why yes of course I intended to discuss my local icecream'n'shagging parlour.

hmmgrin

Inertia Wed 11-Mar-15 00:34:12

Sexual gelato??

Inertia Wed 11-Mar-15 00:35:18

Sexual gelato sounds a lot more appealing than other contraceptive choices, to be fair.

clairecasta Wed 11-Mar-15 00:49:12

I have a mirena coil & I love it. I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to think/worry about contraception on a regular basis.

I've had the implant (in the arm) before and it was a bugger to get out & had a much higher dose of contraceptive than a mirena coil.

The mirena is inserted into the uterus & delivers a small localised dose.
I don't have to remember to take any tablets.
I had heavy, painful periods - not anymore!#
It's also made of plastic (not copper like the old coils!) and is safe for MRI's.

TellingTheBees Wed 11-Mar-15 01:55:06

Thanks for this OP. I have been thinking of trying the patch as the mirena and the pills I have tried really haven't suited me and I would like the ability to remove it if it goes the same way. I will add this to the list to speak to the doctor about.

GingerbreadBaubles Wed 11-Mar-15 03:13:21

Ive been using the Nuvaring for about 5 years. No side effects unlike all the other contraception I tried. I travel a lot so this is perfect for me.

letsplayscrabble Wed 11-Mar-15 06:56:39

It's expensive compared to the pill so won't be first line in the NHS anytime soon.

scaevola Wed 11-Mar-15 07:16:14

It's mentioned often in threads in MN's contraception topic.

But perhaps not so often in general topics.

Yes, GPs are far less likely to recommend one than FPA or places like Brooke. But that's more because the specialist clinics are better all round.

scaevola Wed 11-Mar-15 07:21:48

GPs and sexual health clinics are also keen on LARCs because it means they only have to see the straightforward contraception-seekers at long intervals (freeing up time for the general a(nd STI) appointments load).

FPA etc specialist contraception services exist just to provide contraception, and don't seem to feel the need to get rid of you quickly.

(PS: I like the sound of sexual gelato!)

WidowWadman Wed 11-Mar-15 07:22:20

I used it when I was still living in Germany. Needs to be stored in the fridge which makes it slightly impractical and I found Cerazette and Mirena much more practical.

AuntieStella Wed 11-Mar-15 07:24:07

"Needs to be stored in the fridge which makes it slightly impractical"

The ring or the gelato?

Pippa12 Wed 11-Mar-15 07:24:07

I use the Evra patch and I ❤️ it. You just pop one on and forget about it for seven days when my trusty phone reminds me to change it. It doesn't come off (regular gym goer, sauna, swimming, suntan cream!) and you can still have a bleed through week like the pill every so often. I really don't understand why more women don't use it! My periods and very light and mood swings much improved!

Pippa12 Wed 11-Mar-15 07:25:08

*Bleed free week not bleed through the week! Ha that'd be no good!

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