NuvaRing, the Birth Control Vaginal Ring, as a Form of Birth Control –  Planned Parenthood

NuvaRing, the Birth Control Vaginal Ring, as a Form of Birth Control – Planned Parenthood


Are you someone who has a hard time remembering
to take a pill every day? If you want really effective birth control
that you only have to think about once a month, NuvaRing is one of the options you may want
to try. It’s a small, flexible ring a woman inserts
into her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. I know what you’re thinking — how does this
little ring keep you from getting pregnant? Well, it’s got hormones in it. They’re absorbed into the vagina and prevent
your body from releasing an egg and thicken the mucus of your cervix to make it harder
for sperm to enter your uterus. To use the ring, you just fold it in half
and gently nudge it into your vagina. Trust me, it’s easier than you might think. The ring stays in place for 3 weeks, and then
you take it out for the remaining week of the month. When you remove it, you’ll have your period. The ring is very effective. Fewer than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant
each year if they use it correctly. That goes up to about 8 out of 100 women if
they don’t always use it right. The ring doesn’t prevent against sexually
transmitted infections, so use a condom if you’re concerned about preventing STDs. Like other medications, the ring may have
some side effects and it’s only available with a prescription. If you’re interested in learning more about
this method, check out the info on plannedparenthood.org. You can even find the nearest health center
to set up an appointment.

7 comments

  1. I like this method the best. It is easy to use and it works. I didn't have any negative side effects. I got it at Planned Parenthood and when I didn't have health insurance. They were very reasonably priced.

  2. You can if it bothers either one of you, but you don't have to. It is soft and bendy. It can be left out of the vagina for like 2 hours or something & still be effective

  3. You are okay to take NuvaRing out for up to 3 hours and you will still be protected during that time. The choice is yours if you want to take it out for sex or not. However, reports have shown that male partners occasionally have penis discomfort (such as pain, rash, bruises, and abrasions) during sexual intercourse.

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