I've had absolutely horrible menstrual cramps for the past several years, to the point that my doctor prescribed percocet for me to take for every period (I can't take NSAIDs like Aleve, Motrin, etc.). I got a Mirena IUD to see if that would help (it didn't, but I still have the IUD) and have been using Nuvaring for almost two months. My new doctor "isn't comfortable" prescribing painkillers for menstrual cramps, and instead she recommended using the Nuvaring continually to avoid having my period at all. (She doesn't think endometriosis or anything similar is likely.)
So, while she warned me that I'd probably still have break-through bleeding for the first few cycles, she was pretty sure that using Nuvaring would regulate my cycle back to something reasonable, like, having one period a month instead of one period every two weeks. But I still have a lot of bleeding (more than spotting; enough that I need to wear a pad and not just a panty-liner) every two weeks, though it's not as heavy as a real period, and I still have cramps! My cramps last the normal duration (the first two days of bleeding), but the bleeding will not stop until I take the Nuvaring out and let my period run its course.
Does this make any sense? My insurance won't cover replacing the ring every two weeks, but you're definitely not supposed to take it out for a week and put it back in. Also, this isn't helping me at all! I still have cramps, and, unless I want to bleed forever, I still have to have my period every month! I have an appointment to see this doctor again in a few weeks. Any ideas before then?