Ring Toss: NuvaRing Birth Control

I'm a huge birth control advocate in all its splendid forms, but even I know that no method works perfectly. Take E., a 33-year-old newlywed who came to my office in tears. She was pregnant and indignant. "I was using the NuvaRing for months," she said. So when her period was late, and the pregnancy test was positive, she was flabbergasted. She went into the bedroom to check for the ring...and found that it wasn't in her vagina. E. has no idea when the ring came out, but she was totally unaware that it had.

The NuvaRing is a fantastic method of contraception--you get all the benefits of the pill without having to remember to take it every day. And my ring-wearing patients overall seem very happy. But I've had several patients who experienced secret ring slippage...and several became pregnant as a result. So to all ring users, I say this: check once a week to make sure it's still in your body, and not in the sheets or elsewhere. If you find that the ring came out, and you had recently had sex, take Plan B to protect yourself against pregnancy. Are any of you using the ring? What do you think of it?

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