What Is A Vaginal Ring?

 A vaginal ring is a birth controloption for women. It’s a small, flexible contraceptive ring, about the size of a silver dollar. There are two options available at this time, Annovera and NuvaRing.

How Does It Work?

The vaginal ring contains the same hormones as many birth control pills. A woman inserts it into her vagina, where it stays for 3 weeks, releasing a steady, low dose of hormones.

The woman removes the ring for 1 week when she'll have her period. With the Nuvaring, a new ring is then inserted after the week off.  The Annovera ring can be cleaned and reused again for up to a year.

How Effective Is a Vaginal Ring?

The vaginal ring prevents almost all pregnancies when it's used correctly. It’s 96%-99% effective, which means only 1-2 women out of 100 who use it would accidentally get pregnant.

Are There Side Effects?

The most common ones are:

Who Should Not Use the Vaginal Ring?

This is not a good option for women who have:

Women who have migraines should talk with their doctor.

Does the Vaginal Ring Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

No. The male condom provides the best protection from most STDs.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on October 29, 2018

Sources

SOURCES:

NuvaRing. 

Annovera

Orthoevra. 

Mirena. 

Lea's Sheild. 

Fem Cap. 

ContraceptINFO. 

Paragard.

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