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Posted Oct 30, 2010 in For Her | 4 Comments

The Nuvaring®

For those women (or partners of those) who are currently using the birth control as a form of contraception should be aware of the effects that they have on the environment. The synthesized estrogen, because it enters the bloodstream seeps into the water we drink and catch our seafood from. Recent studies show that this increase of estrogen in the water supply is affecting the fish, causing them to become mutated and/or hermaphroditic (as seen in Boulder, Colorado) as well as leading them to become infertile. Not only is this affecting fish but research is suggesting that it is harming humans too, causing young girls to develop breasts and get their periods at a much early age and in addition making women more susceptible to estrogenic cancers. This research is in its infancy though, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on. In Canada, BPA (Bisphenol A), which mimics estrogen and is used to line certain plastics, has just been declared illegal since it has wreaked havoc on the reproductive systems of women. Scientists fear the same of the pill.

So how do we still enjoy the comfort that the pill provides us when we have sex? If you’re body is able to be compatible wit an IUD device, consider the Nuvaring®. It works exactly the same way as the pill however the hormones don’t enter your bloodstream, which means they aren’t present in your urine. You only have to insert the device once a month and take it out after 3 weeks to get your period. I prefer this method because even with an alarm, I would constantly forget to take the pill plus it would always make me nauseous. Easy, efficient and guilt-free!

If you are considering the Nuvaring®., talk to your doctor beforehand IUD devices aren’t for everybody and there could be complications or side effects that you are unaware of like all methods of contraception!

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  1. I was just wondering….since the nuvaring is made out of plastic, have you researched whether or not the ring itself is manufatured with BPAs?? This is something I have been trying to find out and it seems like the answer is a little unclear…

  2. I’m on the case! I’ll get back to you early on in the next week.

  3. Hi. I was researching the plastic used in Nuvaring and came across your site. I dug a little deeper and this is what I found. According to the nuvaring pamphlet, the ring is made of ethylene vinylacetate copolymers, also known as EVA. I was unable to find any info online regarding internal use of EVA in the body, but I did find two baby/child safety sites that seemed to think it was okay for use in the home for babies and toddlers, and free from phalates or BPA. Here’s a link to one such website, where they deem it safe for babies to teeth on: http://guide.thesoftlanding.com/2008/02/11/are-ethylene-vinyl-acetate-eva-baby-teethers-non-toxic/

  4. whoops! sorry. I meant phthalates. : )

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