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Birth Control: How to Use the Vaginal Ring - Topic Overview

Switching from a combination (estrogen plus progestin) pill

  • Insert the vaginal ring within 7 days of taking your last pill, but no later than the day you would start a new pill cycle. No extra method of birth control is needed.

Switching from a progestin-only mini-pill, injection, or IUD

  • Mini-pill: Insert the vaginal ring on any day of the month, but do not skip any days between your last pill and the first day of ring use.
  • Injection: Insert the vaginal ring on the same day your next injection is due.
  • IUD: Insert the vaginal ring on the same day you have your IUD removed.

Use an extra method of birth control for the first 7 days of ring use.

After a first-trimester miscarriage or therapeutic abortion

  • Insert the vaginal ring within 5 days of a miscarriage or therapeutic abortion. No extra method of birth control is needed.
  • If a ring is not inserted within 5 days, start using the ring at the time of your next menstrual period. See the "Did not use hormonal contraception last month" section above.
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Last Updated: May 03, 2012
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