NuvaRing (vaginal ring)
NuvaRing (vaginal ring)
NuvaRing is a contraceptive device for women that contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. A flexible, transparent plastic ring, NuvaRing is inserted deep into the vagina and worn for three weeks. You remove NuvaRing for one week — allowing menstruation to occur — then insert a new ring.
Similar to combination birth control pills, NuvaRing prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones into your body. NuvaRing suppresses ovulation — keeping your ovaries from releasing an egg. NuvaRing also thickens cervical mucus to keep sperm from reaching the egg.
NuvaRing is the only vaginal contraceptive that's approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. To use NuvaRing, you'll need a prescription from your health care provider. NuvaRing doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
NuvaRing is a contraceptive device that contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. NuvaRing is a flexible, transparent ring that's inserted into the vagina and worn for three weeks to prevent ...
Why it's done
NuvaRing helps prevent pregnancy. Among various benefits, NuvaRing:
NuvaRing isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of NuvaRing if:
In addition, tell your health care provider if you have:
Side effects of NuvaRing may include:
The vaginal ring doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
An estimated 5 out of 100 women who use NuvaRing for one year will get pregnant.
Consult your health care provider as soon as possible if you have:
How you prepare
You'll need to request a prescription for NuvaRing from your health care provider. Your health care provider will review your medical history and check your blood pressure. Talk to your health care provider about any medications you're taking, including nonprescription and herbal products.
Your health care provider will determine the appropriate timing for you to start using NuvaRing based on your menstrual cycle and your previous birth control method. You may need to take a pregnancy test and use a nonhormonal backup method of contraception for one week when you start using NuvaRing.
A backup method of contraception may not be necessary if you previously used combination birth control pills or the skin patch (Ortho Evra) and insert NuvaRing on any day up to the day you would have started your new pack of pills or applied a new skin patch.
What you can expect
To use NuvaRing:
You can use a tampon while using the NuvaRing. NuvaRing, however, can interfere with the placement of a diaphragm. Don't use a diaphragm as a backup method of birth control while using NuvaRing. If a ring breaks, discard it and use a new ring.
NuvaRing is a contraceptive device that contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. NuvaRing is inserted deep into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. The exact placement of NuvaRing in the vagina ...
Last Updated: 2010-01-23
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