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Nuva Ring, Mood Reaction

I am considering switching from the pill to Nuva Ring, however much of the research I have been doing on nuva ring has turned up mixed reactions.  While I understand that this is true for any medication, I still have questions I can't find the answers to.  My biggest concern is the effect of nuva ring on emotional stability.  Of course, the company's website warns that mood swings are a possible side effect (I think that is a side effect for any form of hormonal birth control).  What I would like to know is whether the nuva ring is more likely to cause negative emotional side effects than the pill is.  I have heard mixed reviews, some people emotionally crash on it and others notice nothing; is this just something I am going to have to buckle down and test for a month?  If so, how do I monitor my own side effects to decide if it is having a negative effect on me?  
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personally the nuva ring did not affect my mood so much(although i did suffer depression, but i know it was my mother-in-law that caused it(triggered)), but the patch....that made me CRAZY!
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I've only been on Nuva Ring for a month and I have had extreme emotional changes not disression but agitationggr
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i also had terrible side effects.  i had to stop taking it.  The extreme emotional (psycho) side effects went away immediately.  I haven't been able to tolerate any birth control though.  When i first tried the nuva ring, the doctor told me, it didn't have side effects. I think it was less than a week that I lost my mind as was ready to divorce my husband.   I also had really horrible leg pain and couldn't even walk.  The Nurse I told about the leg pain said it couldn't be from the Nuva ring.  However, as I removed it, within hours I felt fine.  

Later on, when I went to a "different" doctor..........she told me that the nuva ring was indeed capable of causing these problems.  
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Oh my goodness! I have been on the ring for 3 months and i get terrible mood swings, I don'tfeel like doing anything, I think my boyfriend is cheating on me, I am sad, irritable, sexual appetite has decreased, i'm dry, it's just horrible. i also have tingling on my right arm and leg pains. I'm going to my GYNO on Tuesday to talk about which pill would be better. Any suggestions? I've tried YAz..not good nor Ortho-tri, nor Loestrin...I need help =(
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I've been on the Nuva Ring for a year and at first i didnt' get any side effects but maybe 3-4 months ago ive had terrible mood swings, i feel very depressed, mayor loss of hair, i also got a tingling on my right arm and currently experience leg pain..often get headaches, weight gain, breast enlargement, spotty darkening of my skin (face). I'm getting off the Nuva Ring this month. I don't recommend it!
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I was on the Nuvaring for 3 months and I WOULD NOT recommend it, especially if you have a history of depression. The Nuvaring turned me into a psycho, constantly crying for no reason sometimes. I had suicidal thoughts, feelings of worthlessness. I was just insane. I took it out today and said goodbye to all the madness.I don't know if it's just a mind thing, but I feel chipper already. It's convenient but it's not worth the pain. I think it's sad docs are so ready to recommend it without revealing ALL the side effects. I'll be going back to Alesse thank you! I guess I'll just have to be more disciplined.
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I do not recommend Nuvaring.  I am a very level headed person, but this made me very unstable over the littlest things.  My friends even noticed it.  I felt like I was a caged animal.  I have been off of it since Dec, 31 (it is now Jan 21).  I feel like a new person. (or the one that I use to be).  Now on the other hand, I am having pregancy syptoms. ie Sore breast, light headed, need to pee a lot.  I had Novasure done about a year go, but still have very light periods.  I took a test, which came back negitive.  My period is not due until the 28th.  I will take another one then.  Does anyone know anyone who got pregant after Novasure?
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I hated the ring .. it would not stay in me ...
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I started the nuva ring around 3 months ago. I'm a super nice, easy going person but recently I began to hate everyone, especially my mom (probably becuase she was triggering my emotions). Things would just annoy me soo much i would just snap and I would just rant to my twin. She noticed and stopped talking or would walk away. I didnt even notice. I just got more and more aggitated. Then she said it might be my birth control, I took it out and I was chipper again maybe after a day. So Don't start the ring. Try something else.
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I am 20 yrs old and currently wanting badly to get off Nuvaring... i thought since I couldn't remember to take a pill everyday this would be a good move, but I've admittedly turned into a complete ***** when it comes to my boyfriend. I stay angry, every little thing he does irritates me, and although I'm so in love and attracted to him I don't want to have sex with him anymore what-so-ever. There are also a few lawsuits against Nuvaring at the moment and they are trying to recall it- just say NO!
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I have being married to wife for many years now and like any marriage we had our ups and downs but the last six months it has being hell for all of us. I know I make mistakes but everything I do to resolve problem does not seem to work for too long or not at all. I have been banging my head to figure out why my wife is constantly mad at me and kids. I really glad I found this site but now my challenge is to find a way to make her believe the Nuva Ring is causing her moods swing. Can anybody suggest a manner in which I can get her to read your comments or to believe me in a manner which won’t set her off?
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Hey everyone, I am so excited that I 'happened' upon this web site. I say happend because I typed in something regarding nuva ring and my sex drive, and here I am. Anyhow, I have been inserting the nuva ring for about 3 years. About a year ago, I really took notice of the emotional unstableness I started to experience during the 2nd week of having it inserted. I visited my GYN and she just prescribed depression medicine and sent me on my way. Well I knew that I wasn't feeling 'depressed' any other time than the second week of the nuva ring being in me. Well, needless to say, I flushed the depression medication and I guess because I knew when to expect the emotional destress and I felt like I knew what caused it, I could control my mood swings a little better. I'm really flabbergasted, (yes I said flabbergasted) that I ran across this page because I doubted myself here and there, but now I know to leave the nuva ring alone! Thanks to all the ladies who shared because you all helped me to know just what is really going on. I love my man and I think he was starting suspect that he didn't have the right tool..If you know what I mean!
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I have been on the ring for about a year. My bf went on deployment and while he was gone I took it out (for 3 months) I automatically notced the difference. I hadn't realized how manic it was making me until I stopped. Now he is on his way home so I put it in less than 5 days ago and I am going CRAZY. I am having these ridiculous mood swing problems as well. IT IS INSANE, I seriously feel manic. My man didn't call me today and I cannot handle it. I have been in a rage and also been crying off an on. The whole time he was gone I was not this emotionally unstable. I really want to go off of it and I think I am just going to go back to condoms. There hasn't been a BC that I have found which has worked for me. The only one that seemed viable was paragaurd because it has no hormones but I read a lot of really scary testimonials about it.

Maybe a diaphram? I'm not sure but if you don't want to be that crazy gf, don't go on the ring.
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also I lost ALL and any want to drink any alcohol ever. I couldn't even force myself to drink. I was so not fun and negative all the time :(
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I have been on the nuvaring for one year. I only got on it to prevent breast pain during pms. I am fixed so not worried about getting pregnant. I am married for 13 years....and on nuvaring..no action whatsoever!  I have been off of it for about 2 weeks...and finally feel as tho i got my groove back.  I also experienced no alcohol consumption or the want to, now that i am reading other posts. I cant wait to get back to the old me. On the nuvaring, one thing for sure, if it is the week before your period, take notice of the mood swings and try not to be mean, just notice how you feel that week. I only liked it because i didnt have to take a pill daily. but the effects in long run could end a relationship if you never ever have the want or need for sex, i mean come on doctors, there is got to be another way....Im off of it for good. Good luck ladies...Just say No to Nuvaring!
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I have been on Nuva Ring for 4 months now and the first month was PERFECT!  Now I am 10 lbs heavier, (still eating and exercising the same) and cry all of the time.  I haven't wanted to even look at my hubby in four days because I get angry and upset for NOTHING and I'll start crying, then eating, then I'll feel bad about myself and cry again!  The moment I take the ring out on the 4th week to start my period, I feel like a million bucks.  I have no mood swings or anger towards anyone and I am thankful for everything I have.  I feel like I'm psychotic or something worst.  I don't care if my doctor told me that she's never seen any bad effects with the nuva ring, it's obvious and it's getting out of me today!
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I had an allergic reaction to the nuvaring within 24 hours of putting it in I was swollen shut!  It hurt so bad I could barely walk, I took it out and within a few days the pain went away but when i told my doctor he said that wasn't possible.  so I gave it a few months and tried again and again within 24 hours I was swollen shut and in excruciating pain oh yeah and that time it was our wedding night!!!  needless to say thanks to the nuvaring our honeymoon was delayed two days!
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no mood swings though I didn't give it that long
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I am so glad i found this site, i felt a little crazy when i was going out with my now ex. we had been best friends before for years but when we started going out things jsut went horribly wrong. i didnt think in the slightest it might be because of n ring. i had tried a few different pills year ago and none were bareable, i always had terrible side effect including mood swings. we broke up last sept. i am still over sensitive and crying for no reason ALOT. i put it down to the break up but i know i dont want to be with him and am not crying as i want to get back with him. i spoke to my sister who is a nurse the other night when i was upset, she asked if i thought it might be because of NR. i had started taking it just as we started going out. now i am wondering if it is?? could this all be as simple as me not realising that NR was the problem??!! i will certainly try and see after reading all of these...as I haven't stop taking it yet......
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I am also glad I found this site!  I have been having an extremely hard time with birth control pills and legit feel like a crazy person/manic depressive and I haven't known why, I figured it was just being in a relationship! But then I realized that every time I was in a relationship I was on the Pill and every time I was not in a relationship I was not on it, and I felt NORMAL. I'm so glad I realized that the pill was making me crazy and incredibly sensitive, I just stopped taking Loestrin FE because I have truly had enough of my ridiculous behavior, so I was looking at different options such as Nuvaring.  After reading all of these post I am ready to quit on hormonal BC all together and just start using condoms with my boyfriend as much as I hate them.  Although the hormones gave me great boobs and no worries when it came to sex, I'd rather be sane and easy going again! Thanks everyone!
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I inserted the ring on 5/27/10, took it out on 6/11/10.  I also had been experiencing tingling and/or numbness in my left arm which I felt was weird but not alarming enough to go to the doctor.  Worse than that is that I've been acting like a complete psycho and could possibly be on the verge of a divorce.  I've also been yelling at my 4 year old daughter like we're on jerry springer or something. tsk tsk.  Anyway, I took the ring out about 8 hours ago and I honestly beleive I feel more calm already.  
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Thank god I found this site...I used nuvaring for over a year, the first 8 months were awesome-no side effects. The last 4 were the worst of my life, it made me absolutely insane, crying for no reason, getting mad at everyone and everything, depressed, even thoughts of suicide. I took the ring out because everything in my life was perfect, great job, great boyfriend. I really had no reason to be depressed or upset, literally the next day after taking it out I felt better! Stupidly enough I tried to go back on it about 2 weeks ago and I'm back in the same boat again-I have been hysterical all day for no reason! I'm going back to the doctor this afternoon to try and work on an alternative. Also, yesterday I noticed my left leg tingling like it was asleep but it wouldn't go away no matter how much I moved it, maybe it had something to do with the ring? Thank you all for sharing your stories and giving me some reassurement that I'm not some lunatic!
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I began taking NuvaRing May 24th due to trying a new method of birth control since I cannot remeber to take the pill everyday. I have not experienced any mood swings or depression. I have however for over a week now been complaining of my left hand and foot being numb. They feel like they are asleep and are freezing. I just went to a chiropractor on Thursday thinking I may have a pinched nerve and needed adjusted and then to a homeopath yesterday. I didn't sleep well at all and have been a worry wort knowing something is not right. I went on vacation last month and hit my head hard on metal on a boating venture and right after my hand went numb. I thought this may be related just slowly coming forth full on. It has gotten worse each day and today it is up to my armpit and I can't take it anymore. I came home and was talking about it again with my boyfriend and he mentioned maybe the new BC. I took out the patient perscription information and read the tingly left side and decided to google the side effects. My arm feels almost dead like its just there....not normal at all. After reading all of these posts I removed it immediately and am waiting to call the Dr's in the morning. I hope this feeling goes away because I have vacation at the end of the week.
                                                                                          Sincerely,
                                                                    No longer a NuvaRing user!
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You might consider copper IUD.  Old-fashioned yes, but hormone-free.  Just cost me a copay of $25 to get it deployed.  
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