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I forgot to take my NuvaRing out after 4 weeks. What should I do? #238/8
I forgot to take out my NuvaRing after 4 weeks. I was supposed to take it out on Sunday night but I didn't remember to take it out unitl Monday morning. What should I do?

Thank you for your time.


The NuvaRing is very forgiving!!!  In fact, it stops ovulation for as long as 35 days.  Many women put in the ring on the first of the month and then remove it 28-31 days later (or the first of the next month), and then put in the next ring the first of each month.



Another woman asked: “Is it appropriate for a woman to leave in her NuvaRing for 30 days? The answer to her question is in an article by Mulders; Fertility and Sterility in 2001 (volume 75, page 865).  This is the article that demonstrates that NuvaRing prevents ovulation for 35 days.


            Reply on 2-21: “I left my ring for 29 days but I got my period and put in a new ring as scheduled.  I’m assuming all is ok.”


            RAH’s reply on 2-22: All is okay!  You are doing great!!!



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Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

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