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02 April 2013 @ 01:31 pm
NuvaRing/ Plan B and the Mystery Cycle  
1. What type of birth control (Condoms, pills, pulled out) did you use, if any? Nuvaring



2. Were there any problems with your protection (condom breaking, missing pills)? Started Nuvaring on the 10th of March had unprotected sex late at night on the 15th early morning 16th of March.



3. Are you trying to get pregnant, or avoiding it? Avoiding it



4. How many days are between the first day of one period and the first day of your next? not really sure it changes so often.


5. Any big changes which could change your cycle (major change in diet, exercise, new medication, new stress?) I am currently taking OxyElitePro diet pills and I started a diet Monday



6. What was the month/day your last period started? March 4th


7. What date(s) did you have sex? Very late at night March 15th early morning March 16th



8. Where was ejaculation(in vagina, in condom, pulled-out)? in vagina



9. Is there anything else that makes you think you're pregnant? Since I didn't wait the full amount of 7 days to have unprotected sex after inserting the Nuvaring. I took a plan B pill early Monday Morning but I fear that I may have taken that to late. I took the Nuvaring out on the 31st of March(Sunday) since it was my 3 week mark but it is now Tuesday and I have yet to start my cycle. I took an early detection pregnancy test this mronign but it came back negative. I'm confused and starting to panic.
 
 
 
Lemonade Girl: avatar- blinkingmslaynie on April 3rd, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
I need a bit more information before I can answer, unfortunately.

Was this your first month using Nuvaring? Were you using any hormonal birth control the month before? When you say you took Plan B early Monday morning, which Monday do you mean?

Plan B is more effective the sooner you take it, and it can be taken up to 5 days after the sex in question. If you took it more than 5 days later, then you were well outside the window in which Plan B can help.

I can answer much more confidently if you can answer these questions for me. Thanks so much, and I'm sorry for not responding sooner.
frustrated_pani on April 3rd, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
Sorry for not clarifying.

I was not taking any birth control perviously. I started my first Nuvaring on March 10th.

I had unprotected sex on the night of the 15th the early morning of 16th.

I took the Plan B pill monday after on the 18th of March. I hope this made it a little easier to understand.
Lemonade Girl: avatar- blinkingmslaynie on April 3rd, 2013 12:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, that helps a lot. Thanks so much for the additional information!

Take a deep breath- you probably aren't pregnant. Since you didn't wait the full 7 days to have sex without backup, there is a small chance you could conceive, but it's a very small chance. Plan B definitely reduced that chance as well.

Also, your period is probably starting later than you would think because of the Plan B. Starting a new hormonal birth control is enough to make your cycle weird for a little while, and adding the additional hormones of Plan B just makes it that much stranger.

Add in the diet pills you're taking and I'm not surprised your period isn't behaving normally for you. Also, keep in mind that your period isn't late yet. Your period can start at any point during your ring-free week, and that's normal.

So, try and keep your mind occupied and don't think about it. If your period hasn't started by the time you're supposed to put your next ring in, take a pregnancy test using your first pee of the day. If it's negative, go ahead and put in your ring and assume you're not pregnant.

You may also want to not use those diet pills. Because they aren't regulated by the FDA, it's hard to know whether they will interact with your birth control or not. I usually suggest people err on the side of caution.

Good luck, and feel free to comment if you have any other questions. I'm sick at the moment, so I have no idea if what I'm typing makes any sense!
frustrated_pani on April 4th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
You were absolutely right! I started today. Trying not to think about it was pretty hard, but I'm pretty sure the mixture of the new birth control, Plan B and diet pills probably had everything off course!

The diet pills were suggested by my trainer along with a dietary food plan. I didn't know they weren't FDA regulated. I'll have to bring that to his attention.

Thank you so much for your help. :)
Lemonade Girlmslaynie on April 4th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!