The Nuva Ring: My Experience

By Emily, age 21, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, based on her personal experiences. Sweet Designs Magazine neither recommends nor advises against the use of this or any medication. We do not have the expertise to evaluate the efficacy, risks, or possible side effects of a medication. For risks and possible side effects, we refer you to an informational page on the manufacturer's site, and urge you to discuss your options with your doctor or gynecologist.

One of the newest forms of birth control on the market is the Nuva Ring. It's a small plastic ring that you insert into your vagina and sit on your cervix. It's very popular among young women like me who aren't very good at taking a pill every day at the same time. It's also the best method on the market because instead of having the hormones travel through your bloodstream, the Nuva Ring sits right at the place where the hormones are needed. A doctor also told me that you have the same amount of hormones throughout your cycle, unlike the pill.

In the 12th grade, because of my extremely heavy periods, my mom and I decided that it was time to put me on Depo Provera (the needle). This causes your periods to stop altogether, which was a godsend to me, as I'd been suffering from extremely heavy periods since I was 10 years old. I was on Depo for two years and the doctors told me it was time for a change. Apparently no long term studies had been done and the long term side effects of Depo Provera were unknown.

I started investigating different methods of birth control. I knew I couldn't take a pill every day at exactly the same time; it's just not who I am. Then my friends told me about the Nuva Ring and all the perks. You insert the ring for 3 weeks, and in the meantime you can forget about it. You never feel it and nobody else does either, if you know what I mean. Then after 3 weeks of having it in, you take it out for a week, have your period, and then put another one in. It seemed like the perfect solution to me.

I talked to my doctor about getting started on the Nuva Ring. I've been a very happy user for over a year. The best part is that I learned about a way to have only 4 periods a year!

So, if you're like me and don't remember to take pills, talk to your doctor about starting on the Nuva Ring. It could be the easiest birth control method ever!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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