NuvaRing Increases Risk of Blood Clots

FIRST PERSON | For years, I avoided hormone-based contraceptives for fear of rare but serious side effects, such as blood clots. However, given the failure rates of non-hormonal methods — including condoms and diaphragms — I decided to switch to a hormone-based method. My doctor, like many practitioners, believed that NuvaRing was somewhat safer than combined oral contraceptives, which I chose to eschew for their high doses. She believed that NuvaRing was safer than higher-hormone pills and injections — but, as a recent study revealed, she was wrong.
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