So far the ring has been the absolute best option for me - so easy, few to no side effects, you can skip periods, - overall it just feels like it works more local than the pill...
I have been on the NuvaRing for over 3 years now and have definitely found it to be the most effective and positive contraceptive I've tried. My favourite thing being the convenience of it, as its in place for three weeks at a time. I've not had any significant side effects using this method, unlike with contraceptive pills, the nausea is much less for example. The only potential negative I've had from this, is lowered sex drive but this came about after prolonged use. If you're comfortable with inserting tampons etc. then I don't think you'd have any issues with inserting and using this method of contraception.
Easier to remember and lower hormone levels than the pill. But, like most hormonal contraceptives, has side effects that get tiresome over time. Not very sexy to pull it out for sex - you don't have to but I preferred to. Can be (used to be?) harder to get hold of it, especially abroad. I had fairly heavy and smellier discharge that required use of panty-liners to avoid wet knickers.
I loved this mostly, me period was light and regular and I didn't get the awful cramps I usually do. Also you don't need to think about it often which is great. I didn't notice any side effects at all. I had a few issues with it slipping out of place but mostly that was practice makes perfect. Had to stop using this because it completely killed my sex drive.
I like the ring because is very easy to use, you just have to insert it inside the vagina and that’s it, you forget about it until you have to take it out. I’ve experienced changes in my mood the week before my period is supposed to come, it’s very annoying. Also my periods are heavier and more painful than before. Other than that is very comfy and my partner doesn’t feel it when we have sex. I feel like my sex drive is normal and has not change (I’ve been using the ring for about 8 months)
I went on the ring at 27 and used it for two years. At the beginning I had a lot of spotting which went away after a few months. Overall, this contraceptive heavily affected my mood and contributed to a serious depression. Only after talking to a friend I decided to stop taking it in order to see how I feel without - it was as if a heavy weight was lifted off my chest. I also have to mention during those two years I had extreme low sex drive and vaginal dryness. I find it very scary that mental health is not taken into consideration when prescribing hormones and gynecologists tend to ignore the topic.
Being on Nuvaring made me want to kill myself, literally. I’m in my mid/late twenties and in a more serious relationship I decided to try this as it is easier with application than daily pill. Shortly after going on Nuvaring I started feeling foggy, my emotions were a mess, Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts started to occur out of thin air. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life and I’ve always been a relatively happy and generally chipper person. I also started to see what I thought was acne on my back and chest but later found to be folliculitis. It is a very uncomfortable and unattractive fungal infection of the skin that was brought on by the birth control. Not everyone has this experience but I’ve spoken with others and read medical articles on this. I stopped NuvaRing and within a week my skin was clear and after a couple weeks my emotions regulated. I was totally back to normal. If you are considering this birth control, it may be helpful to do a lot of research. And if you take it and start having side effects, I would stop right away.
I use the Nuvaring and overall have been happy with it. I used to be on the combined pill mycrogynon and had very bad pms with it but my pms is definitely more manageable on the ring. The only negative for me is that I have endometriosis and it doesn’t stop my periods when I put another ring in straight away and does nothing to reduce the pelvic pain I get.
I’ve only been using the vaginal ring for a month now - I went on it after a recommendation from a friend, after trying about 5/6 different pills and they all either gave me anxiety/depression, migraines or acne. Too early to tell whether the ring will help my skin, it’s increased my anxiety a bit but nothing major - main problem is my sex drive has gone from low on the progesterone only pill to ZERO. My vagina is dry now and when I have sex with my boyfriend it burns during and after. I also have thrush/itching a lot and just general discomfort down there, and needing to go to the toilet a lot more, especially during the night. Wouldn’t recommend, especially if you’re in a relationship.
Was relatively happy to keep using this contraception but had to stop due to Migraine with aura and being told to by my GP.