bionic_bunnie (bionic_bunnie) wrote in vaginapagina,

NuvaRing & Early Period?

I've been on NuvaRing for over 2 years now, yet somehow this is still stumping me. Since starting, I've been good about making sure I put it in, take it out, and replace the ring at the right times -- sometimes 3 weeks with a ring-free week, sometimes 4 weeks with a ring-free week, and sometimes 3 or 4 weeks back to back with no period. I've never really had much spotting or cramping, which brings me to my question.

Two rings ago, I accidentally left the ring in for 5 weeks, Sunday to Friday, a total of 34 days. I put a new ring in exactly one week later, left it in for 29 days, and replaced it immediately with a new one. This new one has been in for 19 days today, and for the past few days I've been having pretty heavy spotting and cramps like I get during my actual period.

Somewhere I've read that you can actually keep the ring in for up to 35 days - is this true? Why would I randomly start getting cramps/spotting over 2 years after starting the thing? For some reason I'm thinking that I threw everything off by accidentally keeping it in for 5 weeks. Y/N? What happens if you stick it in waaay late? I didn't keep track of the exact days my period started and ended the past few months, since some months I had it and some I didn't (because I didnt allow a ring-free week).

TL;DR - Ring can be left in for up to 5 weeks, y/n? What happens if you leave it in too long, can it throw you off for a while? I feel like I'm getting my period 19 days after having the ring in, when I usually don't start it until a few days after removing it. Have I just thrown everything off from going back and forth between 3 weeks, 4 weeks, etc.? TIA.
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