WARNING: My Experience with Nuvaring


This is my PSA on why we as women need to be so careful with any drug we put inside our body.

Like many women my age I've used birth control for a number of years. Today I want to share with you my own personal experience with the Nuvaring  perhaps it help some women out there who may not realize the connection between their attitudes and their birth control.

After the birth of my first child I switched to Depo-Provera.. because who really wants to take a pill everyday???? NOBODY! lol So a $10 shot 4 times a year seemed like the way to go! POW! After my first year it was great, lighter periods, no stress or reminders.. whew.. easy peasy!!! Then my hair started falling out. In bunches. smdh. Many of you probably remember my super cute yet short hair cut in 2006. Yep Depo caused that.

Goodbye Depo-Provera. Hello back to the pill.

With the birth of my second child my doctor offered another alternative. (Since its obvious I'm not really a good pill taker)

Try the Nuvaring she offered.

So me, miss forgetful pill taker, said sure i'll try it! Whew.. again what a great experience! Easy peasy!!

Then 6 months ago after a little over a year of use very strange things started happening to me. One night I was driving home after going to look at one of my PWI candidates vision boards and on my way home I had an awful experience. All of a sudden I'm sitting in the car and was afraid to drive myself home. Now I've been driving since 1996 so this was like huh? I pulled over and tried to get a hold of myself. I was trembling, sweating, my heart was racing, I was a mess. Realizing I couldn't sit in my car on the North Conduit all night I started driving home and called my hunni telling him please just talk to me the whole way home. Of course he's like what's wrong with you? And all I can say is I don't know. At one point I thought to just pull over and have him come get me, but fought through that idea.

When I got home I went to lay down but couldn't shake the nervous feeling, even though I was home already safe in my own bed. Eventually I fell asleep and the next day felt like I had been hit by my a truck, my whole body ached, I felt off balance, I couldn't stand for long periods of time, I had tingling in my hands and feet, and a migraine. I went to the doctor and all of my vital signs were NORMAL. They took blood, urine, and I went home.

3 days later the tests return, everything is NORMAL, I go to a neurologist, NORMAL. I get an second opinion, NORMAL. 3 more doctors later one finally tells me, it sounds like you had a Panic Attack and you're experiencing symptoms of anxiety disorder, so you need to work on cutting your stress.

I'm like anxiety what?? They prescribe me meds and say take this everytime you feel that nervous feeling. Mind you I DO NOT meds, so I'm like yeah thanks and stuff the script in my purse where it sits for weeeeeeks.

It takes me 3 weeks to return to work and for the off balance/achy feeling to finally subside. I'm back to normal, or so I think.

2 months pass, all of a sudden I can feel my heart racing daiily. I'm extremely aware of my heart beats and it subsequent beat skips. I race back to the doctor and tell him my symptoms. He hooks me up to a EKG machine and says oh all this are more symptoms of your anxiety, your heart is fine. Did you ever fill that script I gave you? ::hangs head:: No, well fill the script and take one evertime you feel that nervous feeling or racing heart.

Ok Doc thanks. Back home I go, I fill the script and put it alllllllll the way in the back of my medicine cabinet.

Everyday after that I would wake up feeling icky. I don't want to do anything, go any where, talk to anyone, I was irritable, cranky, and angry for no reason. I had to push myself to go to work, I'm having problems focusing, concentrating, my blog writing had been at a HALT. I sleep alot. Another month passes.

Then all the symptoms return again all at once, the racing heart, aching body, nervousness, trembling. I have a number of mini  "attacks" a few weeks apart always at home where I just go to sleep after.

Then one unsuspecting Thursday I had a major attack as work. I thought I was dying and started blacking out. Straight to the ER my co-workers sent me!

In the ER they checked me out fully. VITALS ARE ALL NORMAL The conclusion, another Panic Attack, they gave a shot of Ativan and I take a nap, then they sent me home. Followed up with my doctor, Carrie take the damn pills! ok ok ok.. I put them in my purse and 3 days after checking out of the ER I have another attack and take one pill.

But now I'm completely frustrated, because this is NOT how I want to live my life. I get on the internet and start reseaching.... anxiety and exhaustion, anxiety and stress, anxiety and hunger, anxiety and thirst, any combination to try and figure my situation out.

Mind you I still DO NOT feel stressed, yet all the doctors are ALL telling me I must be.

Looking on the calendar between my research I make a mental note that my cycle is almost due. Then a light bulb goes off. I type into my google search, Anxiety and the Nuvaring.... and would you believe it? THOUSANDS of websites come up... with articles, testimonials, complaints, class action lawsuits. Thousands of women all with the same symptoms as me, same scenarios, same unanswered questions. same common denominator The Nuvaring... I go on the FDA website. Nuvaring in rare cases can cause high anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I go to WEBMED website, Nuvaring can alter your mental state and mood and another website and another and another.

I was floored, yet so damn happy!!!! I called my doctor. He's like No, I've never heard of such a thing, Nuvaring is safe and effective. I hang up on his ass and call my gyn, she says YES that is a definite side effect and you need to stop taking it immediately.

That day I removed the nuvaring and have not used it since.

Ladies please be aware, my doctor says Nuvaring and other types of birth control provide a constant level of a mood altering hormone which is what was affecting me. She says there are no varying dosages for these birth controls even though each persons chemistry is different, which makes no sense if you ask me. It will take 3 to 6 months for all the hormones to leave my system...I'm 2 months in and Glory Be to God, the attacks have stopped.

The conclusion? If you are having any emotional changes that are long term, listen to your family when they say you are acting overly emotional, or always angry, or irritible for no reason,  and CALL YOUR GYN FIRST BECAUSE IT MIGHT BE YOUR BIRTH CONTROL!!!

xoxo
Carrie Pink
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BACK IN FULL EFFECT

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

logically

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I suffer from anxiety anyway, a mild form, and have been going through stress in my relationship, so I thought the increased anxiety was normal...until I got a terrible UTI and weeks of all day anxiety with multiple panic attacks a day, heart pounding, knees weak. Even as we speak. I started looking up my symtoms last night after 2 months on the Nuva Ring and took it out immediately last night. I really felt like I was going crazy and seeing other women sharing the same experience, makes me feel so much better. I am really hoping to be feling normal asap and give my body a rest from hormones. I stopped implanon a year early because I am diabetic and it causes insulin resistance and I can pinpoint my slight anxiety problems starting with insertion of it. Nuva Ring was way faster and 100X worse!!!

Anonymous said...

it was the same with me. within only a few days i turned into an emotional wreck. i was crying all the time, unstable, was scared to go to work, my heart was racing, i was vomitting and i didn't recognise myself anymore. i thought i'm going crazy till i saw the posts about other women who were experiencing the same thing. i took it out now and hope i'll feel better quickly.

Anonymous said...

I had exactly the same experience, starting after the first 2 weeks of use. By the end of the 4 months the "doctors" recommended I stayed on the Nuvaring to make sure that "my body adapted", I was a wreck. I pretty much had to give up on everything in my life. Now, almost 3 years later, I am still struggling with the consequences that include hypoglycemia and adrenal fatigue.

Do you know if there is a Nuvaring class action and how to get in contact with them?
Thanks,
D.

Anonymous said...

Hi. This is unreal! I had the same exact experience pretty much.

All my doctors said I was fine but I knew I wasn't. I stopped using it but still for probably about 6 months to a year had bad spells on occasion until they stopped for good.

I definitely had the feeling of almost blacking out and of severe panic. I am not at all prone to any of this and have 0 medical conditions.

Luckily I just took it upon myself to remove it. It was the only wild card and now I know I was right.

Hope this helps other women. It certainly helped me not knowing until now for sure what that was!

Anonymous said...

This is crazy. I had the exact same thing. And I never thought it could be my bc!! I've been extreamly anxious for a while and I thought it was just me. But when I took out the ring I noticed everything was fine. Well I wanted to make sure it was indeed the ring so I put it back in when it was time. And sure enough, the next day I was bck to feeling light headed and anxious. So I took it out. And now I've been perfectly fine:)

Anonymous said...

This was very helpful, I just took out my nuva ring hope it helps..

Anonymous said...

I have been on the Nuvaring for three years and have not realized until yesterday that it might be the reason for the mental hell I have been through during the last 2,5 years. I started taking it in July 2010. Everything is fine, Im happy as always until Feb 2011 where I suddenly get the most intense dizziness attack ever, together with migraines (never had it before) which took me right to the ER immediately as I thought I was going to die. They took tests and found nothing, my doctor gave me some drugs as he thought the dizziness was due to an ear infection. I took the drugs but went around dizzy, like being on an extremely rocky boat every day for two months. I even paid 400 dollars to check my head in the MR scan, as I thought I was going insane. After two months it stopped, which was such a relief!! but then, 2 months later it comes back. The dizziness become a part of my life for one year. Then the muscle and neck pain arrives, which sent me to a physiotherapist who cannot seem to understand why I am this much in pain every week I come in. We try to link everything together: dizziness, stress at uni, me wearing a heavy backpack...it must be the reason for my back pain and dizziness. I start to visit a shrink to try and find out some underlying reasons to the dizziness, but no, after 2 months Im out of there.I start doing yoga, I spend amounts of money on acupuncture, physio, shrinks,,,nothing helps. Then, after two years, before I go to bed I get my first panic attack. I thought the devil itself had taken over my head, and cant go out of the door for three weeks. For five months I walk around thinking that I'm crazy, with panic attacks, anxiety, OCD...U NAME IT!!! and then, two days ago my friend visits me from abroad saying that she had to quit the ring after two years because it was giving her depression and weird mental thoughts...I start to think: has the ring done this to me as well? And I link everything together:
-Dizziness attacks
-Migraine attacks
-Muscle and back soreness
-Anxiety
-OCD
-Panic Attacks
-Mood swings
-Crying at least once a week, being very emotional towards friends and boyfriend without reason

Its weird how you just start to accept changes like this in life, because you trust your doctor who has recommended this thing and would not say a bad word about it....


...All I can say is that the four rings I have left are never going back into my body. Thanks for giving this information out, the side effects are still not very "out there" on Scandinavian pages....

Anonymous said...

Reading Your post almost made me cry of happiness. Im 27 years old. For three years now I had anxiety, I had panic attacks at school, in the bus even arround my family and friends. Bin to therapie, did Some yoga tried medication. Nothing helped and nobody even asks questions About nuvaring.. About the hormones we women take every day. I was always a little nerveus, but now almost every day Im scared. Not knowing why! Now I know, I feel so sure. I have quit nuvaring for a few days now. Cant wait to be myself again! Thank you for sharing your story!

Chris said...

I've used it every other month for the past six months, and each time, I turn into a raging lunatic! I just explode into these rages at my husband and my small kids. I also have no libido at all, have gained some weight and have no energy. I hate this thing.

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem. I've tried every single birth control nd each one has a side effect. But Nuvaring did it the most. I started using it for the second time as in had stopped months before. I put it in for 3 weeks, take it out and on my way to thr ER shortness of breath extremely panicking scared for my life. They tell me I experienced an anxiety attack gives me a pill and sends me home. Visit my doctor puts me on meds as needed. I continue my Nuvaring. I can be as calm as a sleeping baby nd my heart starts to rush its a mini attack. Also my blood pressure raises out of no where. I called my OB and tells me no it not thr Nuvaring it doesn't cause anxiety or high blood pressure that I need to admit that I have tk go on daily meds I have been searching nd find the same reviews as what I experience. Reading this proves me right. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am having the same issues. I was wondering how you all are doing after stopping it? Have you returned to normal? How long did it take? Do you still experience side effects? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Did all of you also experience little to no libido while on nuvaring? I just can't bring myself to get in the mood anymore and it's so unlike me. I resonate with all of you on your panic attacks, anxiety, and dizziness!

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