Munkers (arularia) wrote in vaginapagina,

Nuvaring, breakthrough bleeding, and St. John's Wort (and Paragard just for fun)

In the next week or so, I'm planning to hit my local student health office for a birth control prescription. I'm getting married next month and while my divacup has made my life so much easier, the thought of trying to empty and reinsert it while wearing a pouffy dress has me terrified. Hell, terrified isn't even the word. So I'm planning to stack some hormones and just skip the whole damn thing.

I've been debating whether to go the oral route or give Nuvaring a try so I decided to do a little reading on the Nuvaring website. There was a note that use of St. John's Wort can increase your chance of breakthrough bleeding. I knew it could decrease your protection, but my brain never clicked that anything that decreased your protection could also cause spotting due to the dip in hormone levels. Now I'm wondering just how common that is. I don't take St. John's on a regular basis, but I do use it on occasion when I'm going through a rough patch.

I've had a Paragard IUD since March 2007 so my hormonal protection can be compromised all it wants. I'm looking at this strictly for stacking purposes. Any thoughts? Or experiences with stacking Nuvarings period? Anecdotally, it almost seems like people experience more breakthrough bleeding with stacking the ring as compared to other methods, but maybe that could be alleviated if I stacked them after three weeks instead of four? (Since I'll only be using it for two months, I can eat the cost of a week less use time per ring.) The only thing I have any experience with stacking is the patch, but it makes me itchy and seeing it on my skin isn't a sight I enjoy.

Any thoughts? I'll also openly admit that I'm hopelessly lazy about daily pill taking which is another reason I'm looking at the ring. (And why I currently have the IUD--cause even the weekly patch was starting to ask a bit much of me.)
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