The ring cannot be incorrectly inserted. Its exact position in the
vagina is not critical for it to work because the ring is not a barrier
contraceptive. The ring is left in place during sexual intercourse. It is
replaced with a new one every 4 weeks.
Note the day that you insert a new vaginal ring.
Leave the ring in place for 3 weeks.
To take a 1-week break to
have a menstrual period, remove the ring on the same day of the week that you
inserted the ring 3 weeks before.
Insert a new ring on the same day
of the week as you did 4 weeks ago.
If you forget and leave the ring in place for more
than 4 weeks, remove it and use a barrier method of birth control
(such as a condom) until a new ring has been in place for 7 days. Discuss this
with your doctor. A pregnancy test may be recommended.
Insertion and removal of the ring is similar to using a diaphragm,
except the ring is left in place for 3 weeks. Simply use your fingers to tuck
it into your vagina and later to hook or grasp it and pull it out.