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Hi Everyone! I used to have an account on here, but I couldn't remember my login information. My GYN and I decided to change up the way I am using my Nuva Ring. It used to be the 3 weeks in, 1 week out, but I have been dealing with horrible cramps now for over 2 years and she decided we should just try to eliminate my period. So, I am wearing my ring for 3 weeks, taking it out for 3 days and then putting a new one in. I just put my new one back in today....and my period began this morning just before I put it in. :/ It is even worse than ever. It is beyond painful and I am using disposable pads right now because I'm scared to use my cup with the ring, so I am also miserable too.

My question is: has anyone ever had problems with the ring and cup at the same time? Like if you use it, do you find the effectiveness of the ring is compromised? I am so afraid that will happen. Does the entire ring have to be touching the wall of the vagina or can just part of it be touching? I am desperate to use my cup again because this is the first time in 5 years that I haven't used it. What do you guys find to be the best way to wear both at the same time? Thank you!!

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on September 18th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
I haven't used the ring but one of my best friends used it all through college so I heard a lot about it. If you're afraid of the cup and the ring bumping up on each other, maybe you could grab a much wider cup that would sit around the ring rather than under it? If you have a spare ring and can measure the diameter of that, then go several mm wider. Of course, if you are super tight and have rock hard PC muscles that might limit the width you can choose from, but that's a possibility. Those who have actually used the ring and cup together will have a better opinion though!
m03m on September 18th, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
If the ring sits inside the cup, it seems likely that it will not have enough contact with the body to work.
curious_bunny_8curious_bunny_8 on September 22nd, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
I would advise the opposite. Making sure the cup has rim diameter smaller than the ring.

On the other note - how does making 3 days break would eliminate your period? Your hormones will restart for a new cycle in that time frame and you will get the period. If the idea is to go period-free, then you needn't make any breaks. Some girls do that with birth control pill. You'd still need that period to come every 3rd cycle anyway, the consensus is that it's not advisable to go period-free for more than 3 months straight.
neumeindilneumeindil on September 18th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
Short answer: Nope. The ring didn't work as well for me as I'd wanted, but there were no issues with the medication not working as intended *because* of the cup.
jenniflowerfrootloopdingus on September 18th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
My ring normally sits on the front wall just above my pubic bone. I have 3 cups, all different sizes. I have a small lunette, small ladycup and a Diva (don't remember the size). If I put the cup in behind my ring, should I still be protected as long as the ring is still touching the wall of my vagina? I'm sorry, I'm just nervous and I want to make sure I don't screw up.
Kathlynekathlyne on September 18th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
I really think it should be fine. The cups are silicone and shouldn't absorb anything.

If it is in contact with the vaginal wall at all it should work. Exact position doesn't matter.

Edited at 2014-09-18 04:55 pm (UTC)