Can Nuvaring Cause Infertility?

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1. What Is NuvaRing?

NuvaRing is a very popular and effective female birth control method. It is a small flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina once per month for three weeks in order to prevent pregnancy. It is prescription option for birth control, however, it is inexpensive, easy to use and effective.

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The NuvaRing costs between $15 and $80 per month and is a great choice for women who do not want to have to worry about a form of birth control every day. But, does NuvaRing have any connection to infertility? Read on to find out.

2. Infertility-Temporarily

NuvaRing works similarly to hormonal birth control pills. The hormones from the NuvaRing (much like birth control pills) can build up in your system and can lead to something known as “temporary infertility” when those methods are discontinued.

This means that a woman might experience a hard time getting pregnant for a little while, but those effects are only temporary. For most women, temporary infertility after discontinuing NuvaRing only lasts about 2 to 3 months.

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After that, the ovulation cycles return to normal and there is nothing to worry about. However, those first few months of temporary infertility are definitely something to be aware of so that women do not get discouraged when trying to conceive.

3. Only Temporary

The good news is that the temporary infertility that some women experience after discontinuing use of the NuvaRing is just that- temporary. There is no indication that use of a NuvaRing causes any sort of long time fertility damage.

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In fact, most women who use NuvaRing go on to have healthy pregnancies later on. Taking a few months for ovulation to return to normal is to be expected with NuvaRing, however, if a woman goes much longer than that without having her periods or ovulation cycles return to normal, it is probably a good idea to see a doctor.

4. What To Know

It’s important that women understand what to expect when stopping their use of the NuvaRing. There is, of course, the side effect of temporary infertility that we have already discussed.

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Irregular menstrual periods are also normal and to be expected as the body gets itself back on track. Some women, especially those who had irregular menstrual periods before NuvaRing, might find that their periods take a very long time to come back to normal, as in six months or more.

If a woman wants to get pregnant after going off of the NuvaRing, a great option is to find a way to track ovulation using an ovulation predictor kit, basal body thermometer or another method. NuvaRing is a great birth control option for many women, and getting pregnant after it is usually a breeze.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.