The Vaginal Ring

What is The Vaginal Ring?

The vaginal ring (NuvaRing) is a form of contraception through a flexible, rubber vaginal ring. It is used to prevent pregnancy with a combination of progestin and estrogen. The ring is inserted into the vagina and release a continuous low dose of hormones into the body for three weeks. It is then removed for a one-week, ring-free period.

How Does The Vaginal Ring Work?

  • by suppressing ovulation
  • thickening cervical mucus prohibiting the sperm to enter the uterus
  • thinning the lining of the uterus causing it to be unsuitable for a fertilized egg

How Effective is The Vaginal Ring?

Perfect use failure rate in first year: 1-2%
Typical use failure rate in first year: 5-8%

Advantages of The Vaginal Ring

  • do not have to remember to take something everyday
  • helps to regulate periods
  • each ring prevents pregnancy for one month
  • lighter, less crampy periods

Disadvantages of The Vaginal Ring

  • does not protect against STIs
  • possible side effects, including vaginal infections and irritation, mild headaches, spotting in between periods, nausea, vaginal discharge

Resources

NuvaRing website: www.nuvaring.com

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