I've been on NuvaRing for....5 years now? A significant amount of time. I've been on pretty much every form of hormonal BC on the market, and NuvaRing has worked for me the best by far (keeping in mind that every form of hormonal BC is going to work with your particular body chemistry differently, so what works for me might suck lots for you, vice versa). In the past 6 months, I've had 3 crippling migraines...and the one I had earlier this week was the worst yet. I started seeing spots, knew it was going to happen, and had complete tunnel vision and a full on blasting headache within 2 minutes. It was fast. So fast that it scared me-and it took me out of commission for a good 24 hours, migraine hangover the next day and all.
So I did some research, and it looks like a big trigger to a migraine is hormones, and I also found lots of forums where women reported developing migraines while on NuvaRing, while never having them before. I'm not so likely to believe this, though, since I've been on it for so long and I'm just now getting them, but...it's too coincidental.
I'm not interested in trying to switch hormonal birth controls-been there, done that, it sucked. So I'm wondering if anyone uses a non-hormonal form of birth control? We'd like to start trying for babies in about 3 years, but I can't help but think it'd be a good thing to start getting all of these hormones I've been on for 10 years out of my system, and maybe avoid that potential waiting period of "getting off BC and hoping things get back to normal STAT so we can get knocked up."
Thoughts, ideas, suggestions? I googled...but google is scary, and informed me that one woman who thought she had a migraine while on NuvaRing actually had a blood clot in her brain. As you can imagine, that is NOT helpful to me right now, GOOGLE!