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Birth Control and the NuvaRing

What Is the NuvaRing?

The NuvaRing is a birth control option for women. It is a small flexible contraceptive ring, about the size of a silver dollar.

How Does the NuvaRing Work?

The NuvaRing contains the same hormones as many birth control pills. It is inserted manually into the vagina, where it is left for three weeks. There, a continuous, low dose of hormones is released.

Then the ring is removed for one week. This is the week you'll have your period.

How Effective Is the NuvaRing?

When used correctly, the NuvaRing is 98%-99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Are There Side Effects Associated With NuvaRing?

The most common side effects of the NuvaRing are:

  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Vaginal irritation

 

Who Should Not Use the NuvaRing?

Some women should not consider the NuvaRing. They include women:

  • With a history of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke
  • With breast cancer
  • Who are pregnant or think they might be
  • Over 35 who smoke cigarettes

Women who have migraines should consult their doctor. 

Does the NuvaRing Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

No. The NuvaRing does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). The male condom provides the best protection from most STDs.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 23, 2012

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