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NuvaRing

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6.8  Effectiveness
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5.9  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 6 NuvaRing side effects and 2 NuvaRing benefits.

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NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) is a flexible vaginal ring used for contraception. It contains etonogestrel (a progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen), which are released slowly over time.

It is very similar to combined oral contraceptives (birth control pills), except that it is used as a vaginal ring that is replaced monthly.

NuvaRing is made by Organon, one of the largest manufacturers of contraceptive products.

NuvaRing is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic NuvaRing from being manufactured in the United States.

There is only one standard way to dose NuvaRing, regardless of your age, weight, or medical conditions.

As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking NuvaRing, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 3.3% 13.3% 73.3% 8.3% 1.7%
Balance/Equilibrium 1.7% 2.6% 94.9% 0.9% 0%
Blood Pressure 0% 3.4% 94.9% 1.7% 0%
Breathing 0% 6.8% 92.4% 0.8% 0%
Confidence 1.7% 3.4% 76.5% 14.3% 4.2%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 3.4% 94% 1.7% 0.9%
Digestion 1.7% 5.1% 91.5% 1.7% 0%
Emotional Well-being 6.7% 7.6% 58.8% 21% 5.9%
Energy 3.4% 7.6% 81.4% 6.8% 0.8%
Eyesight 0.9% 3.4% 94% 1.7% 0%
Memory 0.8% 1.7% 93.2% 2.5% 1.7%
Mental Clarity 3.4% 3.4% 85.6% 5.1% 2.5%
Pain 1.7% 8.5% 83.1% 5.9% 0.8%
Patience 5% 9.2% 74.8% 7.6% 3.4%
Sexual Health 1.7% 13.2% 51.2% 28.1% 5.8%
Skin Complexion 2.5% 10.2% 68.6% 11% 7.6%
Sleep 3.4% 6.7% 84% 5% 0.8%
Stress Level 4.2% 13.4% 61.3% 18.5% 2.5%
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Commonly Reported NuvaRing Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Headache 82.3% 6.5% 6.5% 3.2% 1.6%
Vaginal Discharge 48.4% 27.4% 16.9% 4.8% 2.4%
Gas 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Fatigue 78.2% 9.7% 4% 7.3% 0.8%
Depression 76.8% 11.2% 7.2% 2.4% 2.4%
Irregular Bleeding 69.3% 16.8% 5.9% 1% 6.9%
Sensitivity to Light 95% 0% 0% 5% 0%
Acne 78.3% 15.7% 3.6% 1.2% 1.2%
Mood Swings 57.6% 16.8% 12% 8% 5.6%
Blurred Vision 90% 5% 5% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 80% 15% 0% 5% 0%
Stomach Ache 85% 15% 0% 0% 0%
Breast Tenderness 65.9% 18.7% 8.9% 4.9% 1.6%
Confusion 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Fever 95% 5% 0% 0% 0%
High Blood Pressure 95.1% 2% 2.9% 0% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 49.6% 23.2% 15.2% 8% 4%
Anxiety 80% 15% 0% 0% 5%
Drowsiness 80% 10% 5% 5% 0%
Nausea 77% 11.5% 6.6% 4.9% 0%
Dizziness 89.5% 7.3% 0% 3.2% 0%
Change in Weight 55.3% 26.8% 11.4% 5.7% 0.8%
Yeast Infection 90.1% 5% 3% 0% 2%
Insomnia 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 98.3% 1.7% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle Cramping 90% 10% 0% 0% 0%
Diarrhea 90% 5% 0% 5% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported NuvaRing Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Diarrhea 0% 0% 50% 0% 50%
Anxiety 80% 7.6% 6.7% 4.8% 1%
Reduced Libido 75% 9.6% 3.8% 1.9% 9.6%
Abdominal Pain 68.9% 17% 5.7% 4.7% 3.8%
Vaginal Discharge 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Chest Pain 94.2% 3.3% 0% 0% 2.5%
Numbing Sensation 96.6% 2.6% 0% 0% 0.9%
Yeast Infection 61.9% 19% 14.3% 4.8% 0%
Eye / Vision Problems 95.7% 3.4% 0% 0% 0.9%
Change in Weight 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Irregular Bleeding 76.2% 19% 0% 4.8% 0%
Blurred Vision 95.1% 1.9% 1.9% 0% 1%
Breast Cancer 99.1% 0% 0% 0% 0.9%
Irregular Periods (women) 74.5% 10.2% 6.1% 2% 7.1%
Acne 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Thrombosis (Blood Clotting) 96.6% 0% 0.9% 0% 2.6%
Pain in Limbs 95.1% 2.5% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%
Breathing Difficulties 94.2% 3.9% 0% 0% 1.9%
Diabetes 98.3% 0.8% 0% 0% 0.8%
Fever 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking NuvaRing
Since taking NuvaRing Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 2%
Fall 1.3%
Hallucination 0.7%
Hospitalization 2.7%
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11 Sep 2014 I have just recently tried the NuvaRing due to convenience. I inserted it in on September 6 and at 5:28 am of September 11, I woke up with the sickest rash on my inner thigh. I took Benadryl to counteract the reaction and in about 30 minutes it went away. At about 3 pm the same day, my breast and bra area started to itch profusely while I was in a group setting. I was incredibly uncomfortable. It was embarrassing. I ran to the bathroom and scratched like nobody's business only to reveal my upper body had been affected. From there it spread onto my stomach and back coating it. Then, my face and neck. I realized that it was only in areas that had something to do with the reproductive system and therefore came to the conclusion of what it was.... The NuvaRing. I took it out and THE HIVES began to spread onto non-reproductive areas, such as the back of my kneecaps, underarms and hands. It is currently 9 pm and I have done some research only to find the side effects correct to my personal ailment. This is the first allergic reaction that I've ever had in my entire 22 y/0 life. I do not take any medication.
   —Posted by Yahniie B. from California
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21 Feb 2014 I was on the Nuvaring for 6 years. I stopped taking it because I developed an irregular heartbeat. After I stopped using it I also found out that two of my co workers that were also on the Nuvaring both got blood clots in their early twenties, one got a blood clot in her back and the other had a clot in her leg.
   —Posted by Elisabeth
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08 Dec 2013 I like NuvaRing overall. It does exactly what I want in a birth control. I do not have excessive weight gain like other pills. It is easy, and I do not have to remember a pill everyday. And most importantly it protects from pregnancy! I've been using it for about 2 years now and I have only had one bad experience. I did have some discomfort one month from the ring, but after I had my period and inserted a new ring everything was fine. If you don't mind using tampons you will like NuvaRing!
   —Posted by Anonymous
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05 Oct 2012 I have been using nuvaring for about four months and really like the convenience of not having to think about taking birth control every day, but my libido has significantly dropped and it is causing problems in my relationship.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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13 Aug 2012 each individual is different and some things are not for everyone but i personally recomend the nuva ring to all my friends and family especially those who dont want to take a worthless pill or be shot with scary hormones,i have been on the nuva ring for 2 1/2 years im 21 now i think the pill has harder effects based on older age the only bad things i can say about the ring is that it causes weight gain i have gained 20 pounds over the last 2 years but i can also be the blame due to my sweet tooth and busy schedual i also do get a little moody and find myself irritated a little moreand sex drive is not as high as a year ago but i guess its as i get up in age and i am very tired but these side effects are more so around my period, but the nuva ring has been a doll to me my hair stays healty even without me doing so much work i dont have to worry about taking a pill i get to see my period every month which i have control over and i can track my ovulation and i have little to no cramps and light bleeding which is great i can wear panty liners for my 4 days i will be stopping the ring next year so i can work on a family :~) :-) it should be easy due to the lack of bad side effects
   —Posted by Prebe
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