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
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.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 03, 2012
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