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sdtjwp sdtjwp
Posts: 28Member Member



Posts: 28Member Member
in General Health, Fitness and Diet

Hey ladies! I started using NuvaRing about 2 1/2 years ago because I had some hormonal imbalance after I had my son. Since then I have gained a lot of weight and have started to get a lot of headaches recently. I saw that these were side effects. Does anyone have these problems as well? I also can’t seem to lose weight either. I am eating a lot better and exercising and it is just not coming off. HELP!!! Thanks everyone!

April 29, 2012 3:29PM

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  • N4monsters N4monsters
    Posts: 46Member



    Posts: 46Member

    I had the NuvaRing for 3 years and didn’t have any side effects with weight gain. It just simply didn’t work for me (I got pregnant on it twice). I hope someone has some helpful answers! Have you tried a different birth control?

    April 29, 2012 4:09PM

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  • weighlossforbaby weighlossforbaby
    Posts: 847Member Member



    Posts: 847Member Member

    Have you tried the IUD? I have the 5 year one and it has been great!!! With the IUD you have little to no periods a month but nothing other than that.

    April 29, 2012 4:42PM

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  • xarla16 xarla16
    Posts: 84Member Member



    Posts: 84Member Member

    I just came off of NuvaRing (two months ago) after about 5 years on it. BEST DECISION EVER. I was having mood swings and headaches. I gained 48lbs while I was on NuvaRing, while I’m not blaming NuvaRing for this, I now believe it wasn’t helping the situation.

    April 29, 2012 4:46PM

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  • KristysLosing KristysLosing
    Posts: 683Member



    Posts: 683Member

    Have you tried the IUD? I have the 5 year one and it has been great!!! With the IUD you have little to no periods a month but nothing other than that.

    I have the IUD because of medical issues with super heavy periods. 🙁 But my insurance company, as I found out too late, doesn’t cover birth control! (still fighting, since it’s for another problem) So these suckers can be expensive, but they work.


    April 29, 2012 4:47PM

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  • soontobesam soontobesam
    Posts: 722Member



    Posts: 722Member

    I just started using the NuvaRing three weeks ago and was freaking out about the weight loss side effect but it hasn’t seemed to effect me negatively. I have been losing steadily since I joined MFP (I put the NuvaRing in about a week after) so either it effects everyone differently or I haven’t had it in long enough?

    I just moved in with my boyfriend and we absolutely do not want a baby for 3+ years so I want to switch over to something else. Any good suggestions out there?


    April 29, 2012 4:48PM

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  • rf1170 rf1170
    Posts: 180Member Member



    Posts: 180Member Member

    I used the NuvaRing for several months, and while I didn’t have any serious side effects, I decided to forgo hormonal birth control altogether since I don’t want to increase my exposure to estrogen (and thus increase my risk of developing many types of cancers). I fell much better overall now that I’ve been off for more than a year, and I use Natural Family Planning (in combination with male condoms) to avoid getting pregnant. If you’re interested, I’d recommend Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler ( http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Charge-Your-Fertility-Reproductive/dp/0060937645 ). It’s easy to understand, and it’s been a great tool for me this last year!

    April 29, 2012 4:51PM

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  • xarla16 xarla16
    Posts: 84Member Member



    Posts: 84Member Member

    I just started using the NuvaRing three weeks ago and was freaking out about the weight loss side effect but it hasn’t seemed to effect me negatively. I have been losing steadily since I joined MFP (I put the NuvaRing in about a week after) so either it effects everyone differently or I haven’t had it in long enough?

    I just moved in with my boyfriend and we absolutely do not want a baby for 3+ years so I want to switch over to something else. Any good suggestions out there?

    I loved NuvaRing for most of the 5 years I was on it. I never had any scares. I just started noticed that it was like the week I didn’t have it, my body felt like I was in withdrawal. I couldn’t wait to put the ring back in, because it relieved my horrible headaches that I was getting and having for sometimes almost the entire week. After being off of it, I’ve read up on it, and I would never use it again. Losing weight without it, seems a lot easier to me, but that could be a variety of factors that have changed. I have switched to Aviane which has a lower does of estrogen.


    April 29, 2012 4:57PM

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  • HerroEmma89 HerroEmma89
    Posts: 16Member Member



    Posts: 16Member Member

    Whatever you do don’t get the mirena. I gained massive weight. And sex was excruciating. Ugh it was seriously a suckfest! Lol

    April 29, 2012 4:58PM

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  • j1wright j1wright
    Posts: 277Member Member



    Posts: 277Member Member

    Two of my really good friends got pregnant on it last year. Doesn’t sound like it works the best for what it is suppose to do. I have tried it for a couple of months myself so glad I never kept with it.

    I have the Mirena IUD or actually IUC. Stays in for 5 years. They say you gain up to 10 pounds. I am still losing on it. I think the only way I gain on it, is if I go off plan and start eating badly but that would happen anway. I love it, this is my second one.


    April 29, 2012 5:00PM

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  • MsPopRouge MsPopRouge
    Posts: 6Member, Premium Member



    Posts: 6Member, Premium Member

    NuvaRing is the devil. I am sure your "okay" by now, but my doctor prescribed Nuva Ring for me and after 6 weeks I was faced with a diagnosed DVT (Blood clot in main artery of my leg). After this happened I discovered Nuva Ring is at higher risk for several complication vs standard bc pills. Ultimately, I was forced to have surgery to treat my condition, and I am no longer eligible to take any form of hormonal replacements. This will come back to haunt me in a few more years (I am currently 44). If I were you I would strongly think about taking a different BC for this problem. Many of the nurses and health care practitioners I speak with tell me they would never take Nuva Ring. Good luck to you.

    April 29, 2012 5:03PM

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  • LilacDreamer LilacDreamer
    Posts: 1,368Member Member



    Posts: 1,368Member Member

    I gained 30lbs while on the 3 different BC pills (they kept changing the pill type) for about 5 months. Hormonal BC is the worst….but I could never tell people that was the reason that I gained…they would just scoff and insinuate that its just an excuse.

    April 29, 2012 5:03PM

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  • annameier8706 annameier8706
    Posts: 780Member



    Posts: 780Member

    I just came off of NuvaRing (two months ago) after about 5 years on it. BEST DECISION EVER. I was having mood swings and headaches. I gained 48lbs while I was on NuvaRing, while I’m not blaming NuvaRing for this, I now believe it wasn’t helping the situation.

    I gained no weight while I had my Nuva ring, but gained 10 lbs in the first 3months I had my IUD… Weight gain is a side effect of all birth control. Talk to your Dr to help you find the a better fit.


    April 29, 2012 5:04PM

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  • soontobesam soontobesam
    Posts: 722Member



    Posts: 722Member

    good lord. will need to come back to this post and re-read everyone’s comments and do some more research. Thanks for sharing everyone :)

    April 29, 2012 5:04PM

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  • thefreebiemom thefreebiemom
    Posts: 191Member Member



    Posts: 191Member Member

    I have never tried the NuvaRing, but during my BC research after my son was born it really didn’t seem like a good idea for my needs.

    I have Mirena. It works great. Haven’t gotten pregnant and I am coming up on the end of the 5 yrs. I have gained weight since my second anyways so hard to tell if 10lbs of it came from Mirena.

    A couple of things about Mirena though (IUD/IUC). This is my last year before it needs to be switched out. Last year over the summer after not having any time of month for 4 years I had it EVERY day for months. Actually went to the dr thought something was wrong. She said it was probably because the hormones were lowering in it because it was so close to the end. Every day stopped and now it is more like once every couple of months but for that 4 or 5 mon it was soooo annoying, and usually not as heavy as off BC. Definitely haven’t had a problem with sex, still want that as often as usual.

    So far Mirena is the only thing that has worked for me to keep from getting pregnant. My first child was born when I was on the pill and my 2nd was born using natural methods (I was breastfeeding and didn’t want to take hormonal BC).

    Side note about the DEPO shot. My best friend was on that in HS and it screwed her body up royally. So much so that she ended up with cysts on her ovaries needing to be removed in surgery. Bad idea on that one, but I didn’t see anyone else mention that so looks like everyone already knows the bad deal with the shot.


    April 29, 2012 5:14PM

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  • sdtjwp sdtjwp
    Posts: 28Member Member



    Posts: 28Member Member

    Thank you so much for the great advice everyone! i really am looking forward to reading more and talking to my OB/GYN about switching this out. I don’t think I need the hormones anymore (or at least as much) and i would rather NOT be putting things in my body that may be harming me! I really and truly think that it is stopping my weight loss because the week that I do not have it in (my period week) I normally lose quite a few pounds! then I gain it back for 3 weeks, then I lose more the week I don’t have it in…

    My husband is definitely supportive of finding another BC so I am thankful for that. I think I am definitely going to stop using this!


    April 30, 2012 1:38AM

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  • Nikki_856 Nikki_856
    Posts: 29Member



    Posts: 29Member

    I was on Nuvaring for years and never had any problems or side effects whatsoever. I also lost 30 lbs ( through diet and excercise) while on it. Although I loved it I have been recently looking into different options… Has anyone tried Perra guard? it’s an IUD that uses copper instead of hormones. I am interested but hesitant because I have never hear of anyone who’s had it.

    April 30, 2012 2:56AM

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  • LiddyBit LiddyBit
    Posts: 456Member Member



    Posts: 456Member Member

    Ugh. I do not understand feeding women hormones when they don’t have hormone imbalances. I won’t use hormonal BC and frankly the copper IUD doesn’t sound like a picnic either so my husband and I use condoms.

    April 30, 2012 3:02AM

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  • k8lyn_235 k8lyn_235
    Posts: 507Member Member



    Posts: 507Member Member

    i have been on the nuvaring for 3 years and i love it! no weight gain, no headaches, no mood swings, no pregnancies (hope i didn’t just jinx myself!). just goes to show that everyone is different. if you don’t like it, you definitely should discuss other options with your ob/gyn, but bc is not a one type fits all type of thing.

    April 30, 2012 3:09AM

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  • HMVOL7409 HMVOL7409
    Posts: 1,601Member Member



    Posts: 1,601Member Member

    I have used Nuvaring for over 9 years now and have had absolutely no issues. There are risks involved with any BC. You can get blood clots with any brand or type so it’s best to see what works for YOU. I actually gained more weight when I went off of it trying to get pregnant and then enter fertility drugs and it was downhill. Since being back on it my life is 100 times better. :)

    April 30, 2012 3:48AM

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  • rachellosesitall85 rachellosesitall85
    Posts: 587Member Member



    Posts: 587Member Member

    I’m on the fence with NuvaRing. I’ve had it for about 6 months now. In the beginning I had horrible cramps and sex was painful as I hear it thins out the lining of your uterus. Flash forward 6 months I have very light periods and barely any cramps. This is awesome for me as I’ve always had very heavy periods since I was 11. I just recently found out that I’m on the low end of anemic so that could very well have been the issue. Here’s where it gets tricky. I have mood swings right before my period and during the first few days of having a new ring in. I’m talking b*i*t*c*h mode! Also, my sex life is suffering because the NuvaRing has really lowered my sex drive. I feel bad because now I don’t enjoy sex and just go through the motions because my husband has a high sex drive and he’s noticed it before I did. I mean, I don’t even initiate it anymore and it makes me "dry". I have noticed that once I’m on my off week, my hormones start rushing in and I’m back at my normal peak. Also, my weight is fluctuating a lot, like 7lbs up and down. I’m seriously thinking of switching. Pros: I’m not preggers, easy to use Cons: No sex drive whatsoever, dryness and I notice after sex I get headaches. Also, when I have to pee really bad, I get serious cramps on occasion, or if I’m seated/laying down a certain way.

    April 30, 2012 7:56AM

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