The NuvaRing is a flexible plastic ring that is worn inside the vagina to prevent pregnancy. This clever birth control method uses the same hormones as the pill, but doesn't require the user to think about it every day. Of course, the NuvaRing has side effects like any other hormonal contraceptive. Did you know there can be some side effects after stopping use, too?
Irregular periods have got to be the top side effect of discontinuing the NuvaRing. NuvaRing is worn inside the vagina for three weeks at a time, and the active hormones, progesterone and estrogen, may take a while to leave the body. In the meantime, a woman who has just quit using the ring can expect unpredictable cycles, as well as weird periods think heavier or lighter than usual, and of different durations.
Depo Provera, the injectable birth control pill, is notorious for being effective for much longer than its supposed three months. The NuvaRing scores much better in this area, but those who are hoping to get pregnant immediately after quitting the ring may be disappointed this birth control method may also take some time to wear off. Generally, a woman's ovulation will come back about a month after quitting NuvaRing, but it could take longer in some cases. As always, it helps to use ovulation tests to find out with certainty.
Finally, some women who stopped using the NuvaRing will notice a total lack of any menstruation! This can indeed be a simple side effect of the vaginal ring, or more accurately quitting it. But if you have recently stopped using the NuvaRing and haven't menstruated since, make sure to be on the look out for pregnancy signs and symptoms. And of course, start using another birth control method, like condoms, if you do not want to get pregnant.