I recently started using the Nuvaring. I waited 5 days to have sex…

…and my partner ejaculated inside me. Do I have a high chance of being pregnant?

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the Nuvaring), it takes 1 week for the hormones to be integrated enough into the body to start preventing pregnancy.

Once the Nuvaring is at full effectiveness, it is preventing pregnancy by up to 99%. But in order for the ring to consistently be effective, you need to make sure you’re on time in changing it every month.

Because this was the first time you’d used the ring and you had unprotected sex 5 days into the week, you were not protected from pregnancy during the first week and are at risk of pregnancy.   You have the option of taking Plan B (emergency contraception) for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It’s important to note though that the sooner you take emergency contraception, the more effective it will be.

But the only way you will know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex and at that time you will get an accurate result.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or to talk with a provider.