There have been several threads about the nuva ring, and i just figured i would post my experience and hear others. Before going switching from a daily BC pill to the Nuva Ring I did tons of research, probably too much because i was aprehesive after reading some of the horror stories! I had been on the pill for close to 3 years, had no side effects what so ever, just want to try somthing new, and not have to think about my birth control. I had read stories about blood clots, sever depression, weight gain - ya know: normal BC concerns. I read an article online about 3rd generation birth controls (which contain desogestrel) that have a pretty scary rate of bloodclots in healthy young women. Why i was still willing to try the ring is beyond me. i figured i would be fine! i dont smoke, im healthy, and the chances of that actually happening are so low. anywho. my doctor didnt discuss any of the side effects to me, or that i was supposed to keep them in the fridge because heat releases the hormones from the ring. well, the first day i was all psyched to use the ring, i inserted it in the hot shower (doh!), and i got it up as far as i could (which wasnt very far). the most i could do was set it right behind the ridge of my pubic bone, laying flush on the front wall of my vagina. later that night walking around i felt it slip down. this continually happened about 10 times a day - it was extremely inconvenient. I let this keep happening untill i read online about using a tampon aplicator to push it up there, so i did. and it stayed up there for about..... 10 hours longer than before SO ANNOYING!!! I mean i would be at work, feel it slip down, it would be rubbing on my pubic bone and be painful, so i would walk to the bathroom, wash my hands, open the stall door without touching anyhting, then shut it and push the damned thing up there! On top of that, i was somwhere on a scale between spotting and full blown period for about 3 weeks (untill i stopped the ring). the last 3 years on BC i had absolutely no noticable side effects. with the ring i read about heavy heavy discharge, but since i was basically on my period for the whole time using the ring, i never got that . I found myself getting extremely agitated, very easily. somone could be clearing their throat or sniffeling a few times and i felt like inside i was going to explode - i felt like i was going nuts!! I never got depressed, i just got angry . I have always had a super high sex drive. i noticed on the 2nd day of it being in i had NO interest in my SO what so ever. 2 weeks in of not touching him he said " well just let me give it a try, maybe if i get you turned on you'll want it".... i could NOT get wet. i could NOT orgrasm. i was broken Every morning i would wakeup with a migrane - i NEVER got headaches before! that sucked! and even a lick of alcohol would give me a hangover. I started getting pains in my left foot. on and off randomly - now im not. sure if this was just in my head thanks to my exessive research , i suspected maybe i would be one of the few women who got bloodclots and died Sex was painful in most position, afterwards i would get a horrible burning sensation, enough to make me gag and almost throw up.. We only did this once - but my SO came in me and after he pulled out after, the burning started to set in...o god here it comes.... it got so intense i started to cry, he felt horrible but sex isnt supposed to be like this I would also get random crying spells, and i dont mean ' i spilled milk, wahhh " like SO-- 'do you wanna go rent a movie tonite?' me-- i felt like a basket case. he still makes fun of me because i would be crying my eyes out wimpering ' i dontknow why im crying, im soo sorry " i was on the last week with the nuva ring in before i was supposed to take it out and have a period when i got this horrible "reaction"? My first reaction was that it was a yeast infection since i keep having to adjust it, maybe my hands werent clean enough and i caused it myself. Well both sets of lips were swollen 3x the normal size, red, and extreeeemly sensative! It wasnt the normal burning and hot , itchy feeling a yeast infection would give. and i had this weird itching feeling inside of my vagina. that was odd. i called my gyno, she was in with patients so i talked to a nurse there and she said oh oh oh ive heard of this happening, its either an allergic reaction or your body adjustng to the ring (but after 3 weeks????) and she said i was 'too narrow' for the ring so it kept getting pushed down. so i took the ring out and about 1 hour later GOD WHAT A RELEAF!!-- the pain and swelling was down dramatically i couldnt bear to put the ring back in, i had the gyno call in a script for my previous lo-ovral BC pill... i am now on my period and feeling 150% better! cant wait to start my pills again. anyone else?