As with any birth control, you should talk to your health care provider about your treatment and consult the Patient Information before you start using NuvaRing and each time you get a refill.
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If you have been using the pill correctly and are certain that you are not pregnant, you can start NuvaRing any day. However, do not start using NuvaRing any later than the day you would start taking your next birth control pill.
If you have been using the patch correctly and are certain that you are not pregnant, you can start NuvaRing any day. However, do not start using NuvaRing any later than the day you would apply your next patch.
You may switch on any day from the mini-pill. Start using NuvaRing on the day that you would have taken your next mini-pill. You should switch from an implant or the IUS on the day of its removal and from an injectable on the day when the next injection would be due.
In all of these cases you should use an additional method of birth control, such as a male condom with spermicide, for the first seven days of using NuvaRing.
You have 2 ways to start using NuvaRing:
You may start using NuvaRing no sooner than 4 weeks (28 days) after having a baby if you are not breastfeeding. You should use another birth control method, such as condoms with spermicide, for the first 7 days in addition to NuvaRing.
If your period has not resumed since childbirth, you should talk to your health care provider and you may need a pregnancy test to make sure that you are not pregnant before you begin NuvaRing.
If you are breastfeeding you should not use NuvaRing. Use other birth control methods until you are no longer breastfeeding.
If you start using NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) within 5 days after a first-trimester abortion or miscarriage (the first 12 weeks of pregnancy), you do not need to use an extra birth control method.
If you do not start NuvaRing within 5 days after a first-trimester abortion or miscarriage, use a non-hormonal birth control method, such as male condoms with spermicide, while you wait for your period to start. You can begin NuvaRing at the time of next period. Count the first day of your period as “Day 1” and start NuvaRing one of the following 2 ways below:
You may start using NuvaRing no sooner than 4 weeks (28 days) after a second trimester abortion (after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy).