Hello, I'm a 22 year old with no children or plans to create any soon, and i suffer from similar issues. I had nine fibroids removed during an extensive four hour surgery last June.(2013) I was put on a daily oral contraceptive a few months after my surgery and had many issues. I currently have five small fibroids. My doctor put me on Nuvaring four weeks ago to help slow the growth of the fibroids as well as help with the severe pain that accompany them. I am on the continuous use schedule, wearing the ring for three weeks then, instead of an "off week", I insert another. I have had some spotting as well as cramping, (I've resigned that I am just cursed with terrible cramps) but other than that, I have had no negative side effects. It is simple and I don't even feel it. I hope you find this somewhat helpful. Good luck on your journey!
I'm sorry to hear about your struggles, I can definitely relate. Have you tried Advil for the cramps, it used to help me. That's just terrible that after surgery, it seems like new fibroids are growing again. That was my Drs concern as well so that's why he opted for NuvaRing before trying surgery. I've been doing some research on fibroids and supposedly its multifactorial (many causes) but one major reason is that there is genetic predisposition for fibroids. I recently asked my mom and little did I know that she had fibroids as well but hers were not as symptomatic as mine. Hers went away after menopause (due to decrease in estrogen). Maybe you can ask your mom or aunts if they ever dealt with fibroids and see what they did about them?
I've been on NuvaRing for one week now and my normal monthly cramps from the fibroid are gone (so far). I didn't even have to take my usual high doses of Advil that I normally do this week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I'm also glad to hear you didn't have negative side affects. You are right, I even forget I have it in. So far only one week in on NuvaRing, I'm feeling much better but I'll see how it goes end of week 3 when I have to take it out and allow my regular menses flow. Thanks so much for your reply, it was helpful! I hope your NuvaRing experience also helps with shrinking your fibroids. Keep me posted in a few months on how your doing and if your fibroids get better. Take care.