How NuvaRing Works
The NuvaRing vaginal ring is approximately the size of a silver dollar. The ring prevents pregnancy by releasing a continuous dose of estrogen and progestin hormones. These are the same female hormones found in oral birth control pills.
The NuvaRing is inserted into the vagina at home where it remains for a period of three weeks. After that time, the ring is removed for 7 days. Removal of the NuvaRing typically triggers menstruation. At the end of the 7 days, a new NuvaRing should be inserted, even if your period is still continuing.
Am I a Candidate for NuvaRing?
Most women who can take birth control pills can also use NuvaRing. Some women who should not use hormonal birth control include those with:
- High blood pressure not controlled with medication
- Certain types of migraine headaches
- Breast cancer or cancer sensitive to female hormones
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Pregnancy or the possibility of pregnancy
- Age over 35 who smoke
- A history of blood clots, heart attack, stroke or complications of diabetes
Effectiveness of NuvaRing
Studies have shown NuvaRing to be approximately 98 percent effective, about the same effectiveness as birth control pills. When used correctly, NuvaRing is considered to be an effective, reliable form of birth control.
If you have questions about NuvaRing or how to use it, you should consult your gynecologist.
Important Facts About NuvaRing
- NuvaRing will NOT protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- The device does NOT dissolve, so it must be removed after 21 days or three weeks
- Some women experience side effects with NuvaRing including headache, weight gain, nausea or breast tenderness
- Women should consult their gynecologist about when to start NuvaRing