11:03 pm - 08/02/2008

Nuvaring and Bowel Movements

Good Evening Ladies and Gents,

I have a silly little question and I checked the tags and vulvapedia and found nothing to do with this... so!

I'm assuming I'm still protected since you can take your ring out for two hours or so and be fine.  But I tend to take mine out everytime I have a bowel movement (I'm afraid it'll fall out and I'll have to dig it out of the toilet.)  I've heard it might come out if you strain to urinate or have a bowel movement... and that prompted me to take it out every time and just stick it back in when I'm through (after washing it off of course.)

Does anyone else do this?  Am I being completely silly? 

Thanks lovelies!

arularia 3rd-Aug-2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Completely off-topic, but yay for WoW. Although I can't say I approve of the Alliance icon. ;)


On-topic: You can remove the ring for up to three hours each day and remain protected. So, if it makes you feel better to remove it for bowel movements, then I don't see the harm. That being said, I don't think I've heard any account of people dislodging it during a bowel movement, but don't take that as a cardinal truth or anything. Maybe you could just check on it and make sure it's nicely in place before doing your business? You can see how it goes and then decide whether or not to keep removing it.
otherrootbeer 3rd-Aug-2008 04:34 am (UTC)
*snickers* I'm hardcore Alliance. =) But that's what all my friends play, so I play Ally with them... although I adore my Belf Warlock. ^_^

I'm just paranoid about fishing it out of the toilet ^_^ That's not something I ever want to do ^_^
arularia 3rd-Aug-2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
My main is a blood elf warlock. <3 At least you've got a bit of sense. (Totally kidding!) Seriously though, I was in the same position. All my buddies are horde so that's where I started out.

And I COMPLETELY understand about not wanting to go fishing for it. I wouldn't either.
sutaseiu 3rd-Aug-2008 04:37 am (UTC)
I never had it fall out while using the washroom, so I think you're ok. I think the only instances it would fall out would be if you're really, really straining (bad constipation), or if it wasn't inserted correctly to begin with.

Really though, if you're more comfortable taking it out, it shouldn't be a problem.
hellospaceship 3rd-Aug-2008 04:41 am (UTC)
LOL. I was terrified of it slipping out and falling in the toilet too! You're not being silly!

When I was using the nuva-ring I did the same and I was fine. I believe my doctor told me that that you could have it out for around 2 or 3 hours. I can't remember for sure, it's been about a year since I stopped using it.

Maybe check their website to see if there's a FAQs section, there might be a definite answer in there.

jocelina 3rd-Aug-2008 04:46 am (UTC)
I think you'd be just fine taking it out for that length of time. When I was using NuvaRing, I would typically remove it and rinse it off at least once or twice a week -- I ran it by my doctor and she said that was perfectly fine to do. You may be doing it a bit more often, and possibly having it out a bit longer than I was, but I don't think it would affect your level of protection any.

And I don't think you're being silly -- the thought of having to fish a NuvaRing out of the toilet is not a pleasant one for me, either. However, I'd say it's pretty unlikely that it would fall out while you're having a bowel movement. This may sound funny, but would it set your mind at ease at all to kind of "practice" and see if it falls out? You could sit on the toilet and (maybe keeping a hand in place underneath you, just in case) bear down as if you're having a bowel movement and see if the ring shows any inclination to exit your vagina. :)
dayglow 3rd-Aug-2008 11:17 am (UTC)
I think the best time to practice would be at the end of the ring's cycle, when the OP is planning to take out the ring anyway. That way, if she does manage to make it fall in, then she can fish it out and toss it without having to worry about putting it back in. :)
bellyfulofwine 3rd-Aug-2008 10:44 am (UTC)
It can happen, but I wouldn't worry about it. Leave it in, see what happens, and if you find you have a problem with it falling out, go ahead and keep taking it out!
frecklestars 3rd-Aug-2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling! What I usually do is make sure it's far up before I start going to the bathroom. (This coming from the woman whose cunt regularly tries to expel the nuvaring the week before I'm actually supposed to take it out. I wake up with a funny feeling and then realize it's trying to escape again. Occasionally I have to stop walking and shift around a little bit; my boyfriend laughs like hell when this happens because he knows what's going on.)
arularia 3rd-Aug-2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
This comment made me giggle a little. Reading it makes me want to make a comic of a nuvaring trying to escape.
frecklestars 3rd-Aug-2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
If I could draw, I would. Sadly, my stick people are less than impressive (i.e. until I was about 6, I couldn't figure out how to draw standard stick figures and instead drew a head with legs coming out of it. Bodies were too complicated. ha)
kumori this comment is pointlessly long4th-Aug-2008 12:00 am (UTC)
I'm commenting on this a day late because A) I use NuvaRing and B) I play WoW. so you're basically awesome in my book.

Personally, I have NEVER had a problem with my NuvaRing coming out for any reason at all. Once it's in there, it just gets comfortable, reads a book, takes a nap, does whatever it wants until I pull it out again [this could be apart of the comic the comments above me are talking about. "The Adventures of NuvaRing!"]. But thats just me. I don't know if maybe I just put it in farther than I need to or what. Or maybe the fact that I haven't had sex in several [several] months helps? And by helps I mean sucks but thats off-topic.

I think that you should do whatever makes you most comfortable. If that means taking your ring out everytime you poo, then thats what you should do. Or, and yes, I'm going to make a poo joke here, perhaps you could eat more fiber and then it wont be a concern! NO! I'm joking. Its funnier in my head than it is in this comment. But like I said, its more about what you feel comfortable with. It wont affect the effectiveness [i hope thats grammatically correct] of your birth control if its just for such short periods of time. The fiber joke applies here too.

:)
kumori Re: this comment is pointlessly long4th-Aug-2008 12:01 am (UTC)
AND you were watching chitty chitty bang bang?!!? you've been upgraded from "basically awesome" to "you're my effing hero."
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