Vaginal Ring

 

The vaginal ring is made of clear flexible plastic measuring about 2 inches, and is commonly known in the U.S. as Nuvaring.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The user inserts the ring into their vagina, where the vaginal lining absorbs the progestin and estrogen from the ring. It is kept in the vagina for 3 weeks, and then the user can remove it for one week. During that week, the user will experience withdrawal bleeding simulating a “period;” it is similar to the placebo week for those on the Pill.

The progestin and estrogen in Nuvaring thicken cervical mucus making it harder for sperm mobility, thin the uterus lining making it harder for eggs to attach there, and suppress ovulation.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?

Nuvaring has a 91% effectiveness for contraception, and if used exactly on right day each month, it can prevent pregnancy up to 98% effectiveness.

BENEFITS + SIDE EFFECTS + SERIOUS RISKS

Potential Benefits Reversible, easy to predict period, localized hormones
Common Side Effects Change in bleeding pattern, may have a longer/shorter/no bleeding during period, spotting, vaginitis, headache, weight gain,  nausea, vomiting, cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, weight gain, depression
Serious Risks Ectopic pregnancy, increase in severely high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, liver tumors, worsened headaches, smoking increases the change of higher risk of serious blood clots, high blood pressure

YOU SHOULD NOT USE A VAGINAL RING IF you smoke, are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, have a history of blood clots, vascular disease, severely high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches with neurological symptoms, major surgery, known or suspected breast or endometrial tumors or cancer, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver tumors or disease, chest pain, or may be allergic to its components.

Always consult with your doctor for your personal health. Don’t hesitate to voice your concerns with them. They are there to provide you more information and recommendations about the most suitable options for your body and overall wellness.