Yes, you can safely skip your period while using NuvaRing. Insert a new ring immediately after taking out the previous one to prevent menstrual bleeding. Be sure to discuss your plan with your medical provider so that your prescription allows for enough birth control rings for continuous use.
Using NuvaRing to Skip Periods
To use NuvaRing, insert one birth control ring into the vagina and leave it there for three weeks. The ring should be removed at the end of this time period.
If you leave the ring out for a week, you’ll get your period. If you prefer to skip your period, simply insert a new ring right after removing the previous one. Your level of protection against pregnancy will remain the same and you may experience fewer menstrual symptoms if you skip your period using this method.
Make sure you tell your medical provider if you plan to skip your period while using NuvaRing. If you insert a new ring right after taking out the previous one, you will go through the birth control rings at a faster rate (one every three weeks vs. one every four weeks). Your prescription needs to be written in order to ensure you are provided with a sufficient number of rings to use this method.
Solutions for Spotting
When you use NuvaRing to skip your period, you may experience some irregular bleeding or spotting at first. Typically, the spotting will stop after a few months of continuous use if you always replace your previous ring on the same day.
You can safely use tampons, pads, or menstrual cups with the NuvaRing if you’re concerned about bleeding, but always check to make sure the ring is not accidentally pulled out when removing tampons or menstrual cups. If it does come out, simply rinse the ring in cool to lukewarm water and immediately reinsert it.