Part 2: What Do You Mean, Stop Taking The Pill?

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Fri, 07/22/2005 - 6:03pm.

*WARNING* To anyone who may know me personally, this might be more in depth than you care to delve.

As I stated in my last blog, people with Candidiasis are encouraged to get off the pill. The pill can cause yeast infections (which we are prone to as it is) and also upsets your hormonal balance.

"It's called Nuva Ring", my doctor said as he held the square box in front of me. "Do you know were it goes?"

I fought a grin and said "Well...I'm assuming....(lifted eyebrows and random hand gestures)".


Great. Neither my doctor or I can say vagina in front of each other.

During NuvaRing 101, I learned that it's still a combination of progestin and estrogen just like the pill, but at much lower doses. Interestingly, it also contains magnesium stearate.

It's a slow-release device that you insert into the vagina and leave there for 3 weeks. My first thought was "Eek", then "Ew". It must have shown on my face because my doctor laughed and said "Come're adventurous" as he handed me a free sample.

Yeah. I'm adventurous. I like to travel around the globe. It doesn't mean that I want to experiment in the wild world of vaginal inserts.

Now comes the best part: my first impression of it once its out of the box. I pulled out the foil pouch that it comes in and noticed the outline of a fairly large circle. That can't be right, I thought. I opened the foil with my clean hands and removed the clear ring. I wasn't sure if it was a contraceptive or one of those gummy-bracelets girls wore in the 80's (except this keeps its shape).

The instructions say that you squeeze it together and insert it as far into the vagina as you can...kind of like inserting a tampon without the launcher for help.

"Most women won't even notice NuvaRing once it is inserted". I'm sure this is true, but I would liken the experience to having a tampon in: most of the time, you don't REALLY know it's there, but now and then you get a little reminder.

The reason why the ring gets away with lower levels of E & P is because it's already where it needs to go, unlike with the pill that has to travel through the mouth, into the stomach and finally into the bloodstream and THEN to the baby-making department.

How does it stack up protection-wise? Well:

Combination Pill has less than 1 to 2 pregnancies/year.
NuvaRing has BETWEEN 1 and 2 pregnancies/year.
I.U.D. is less than 1 to 6.
Condom with spermicide is 1 to 6.

Not too bad.

Downside to NuvaRing:

1) Though unlikely, it CAN fall out if put under pressure of straining (read:constipated bowel movement)or with a tampon. I don't relish the thought of going into the toilet after it to wash it off and insert it again (though this is what they suggest).

2) It warns against the same side affects as the pill.

3) Fishing it out after week 3. I don't anticipate it being too difficult because you can just reach the end of it with your index finger, but still.

The one thing I worry about is having sex with it in. The little booklet tells me I should just have sex as normal and it won't interfere, but I am a bit cynical.
I can't see HOW my partner or myself won't notice it at least a little.

Regardless, I am giving it a go. Is it the answer to getting off the pill? No. Obviously, it would be better for me to skip it all together. But for now, a lower level of E & P is better than no change at all.


ps As an afterthought, it kind of looks like those glow in the dark bracelets you can get, after it's lost all it's glow.


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