Someone asked us:
I just got Nuva Ring and I know you’re supposed to insert it on your period when you first start using it. However, I use a menstrual cup. Will I be able to use both?
Using a menstrual cup with the ring won’t make it any less effective — as long as the ring is inside your vagina, it’s in the right place. But you might find it’s hard to get your menstrual cup out without pulling the ring out along with it. If the ring falls out and you pop it back in right away, it’s nothing to be worried about. But you might find it annoying.
Starting the ring within the first five days after the start of your period means it’s effective at preventing pregnancy right away. But there’s no reason why you have to start it in that time window. You can start it at any time during your cycle. But if it’s later than five days after the start of your period, you’ll need to use a backup method of protection (like condoms) for seven days.
-Alex at Planned Parenthood