I Got Pregnant While Using Nuvaring. It’s Rare, But it Happens
I went on birth control for the first time when I was 20. I had just started having sex and I was petrified of getting pregnant. Little did I know, about six years later, I would get pregnant while on birth control. So much for that then huh? After all those years of making sure that I didnâ€™t get pregnant, my birth control had failed me. I felt betrayed honestly, and then confused. How could this have happened? I mean, I knew that birth control isnâ€™t 100 percent foolproof, but after being on it for so many years you think youâ€™re safe. That, is apparently not the case because I got pregnant while using Nuvaring.
So, just how did I manage to get pregnant while using Nuvaring birth control?
Well, thereâ€™s no way to know really, but letâ€™s at least get the backstory. After going on birth control at 20, I went off at 22 when I was no longer insured. I had been using the Nuvaring because I loved not having to remember to take it every day. I could set my calendar months in advance because I knew exactly when I had to take it out, when I should begin my period and when it was time to insert the next ring. But the Nuvaring isnâ€™t cheap when youâ€™re uninsured. Luckily my mom was friendly with the nurses at her gynecologist’s office so she got me samples of the Nuvaring. But that only lasted for a few months. Since I was living at home and was single I just went off it. I wasnâ€™t having sex anyway so it didnâ€™t matter.
Fast forward almost two years. I was in a serious relationship. We were spending several nights a week together so birth control just seemed like the smart thing to do. This time I went to Planned Parenthood and was able to get insurance. They gave me pills while we waited for my approval and while I wasnâ€™t thrilled at the switch but it was only temporary. I went back to the Nuvaring and everything was fine. Then we moved cross country a year and a half later. My doctor wrote my prescriptions for multiple rings at a time so I was actually covered for a while. When I went back home for a friendâ€™s wedding I was able to fill my next prescription so again I was covered and I could pay for a few out of pocket while I figured out my insurance.
That is where things must have gone wrong.
There was never a time when I didnâ€™t have birth control, so itâ€™s hard to figure out exactly how I got pregnant. Maybe it was a ring that wasnâ€™t properly stored and therefore less effective. Or maybe my hormones were thrown out of whack by the stress I was experiencing at work. When youâ€™re on birth control an irregular cycle is kind of hard unless you mess up somehow. The Nuvaring is actually one of the most effective birth control options you can have; thereâ€™s only a two percent failure rate. According to the Dept. of Health and Human Services, only 9 out of 100 women get pregnant yearly while on the ring.
Finding out I was pregnant was like Ross on â€œFriendsâ€ finding out Rachel was pregnant.
I wanted to call up the birth control people and give them a firm talking to (I didnâ€™t.) In spite of being on birth control when I got pregnant (and for a couple months after), my son developed completely normally. I had been nervous, but my doctor assured me that everything was fine. He was almost seven pounds at birth, even though he was 15 days early. Now he is a energetic 4 year old who is as tall as a kindergartener. The biggest lesson I learned from is that nothing is 100 percent foolproof!
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