Birth Control Vaginal Ring

What Is It?

NuvaRing is a small, flexible vaginal ring used to prevent pregnancy. You put it in for 3 weeks, take it out, then put a new one in a week later. It’s just as effective as the pill when used as directed, and you don’t have to think about taking it every day.

How Does It Work?

You leave it in place for three weeks at a time, then take it out for the fourth week. The ring works by giving off hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. The hormones also thicken your cervical mucus, which helps to block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place.

Can I Take It Out?

Once you insert the ring, leave it in for three weeks. Take it out for the fourth week, then insert a new ring and start the cycle again. When the ring is out, you’ll probably get your period. If you’re still bleeding when it’s time to put the ring back in, don’t worry. That’s totally normal.

How Much $$$?

The full price of the ring can range from $30 – $75.

Is It Effective?

Of those women who use the ring exactly as directed, fewer than 1 in 100 will experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year of using this method.

What’s The Side Effects?

  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased vaginal discharge, irritation, or infection
  • A change in your sex drive
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