A birth control option with the same hormones as the Pill – but you don’t have to worry about it for three weeks at at time. Put the Ring IN it and Play On.
A small flexible vaginal ring that is inserted into the vagina once a month. It last three weeks. On the fourth week, you remove it and have your period.
The NuvaRing is 99% effective if you use it correctly – so make sure you take it out every three weeks, wait a week, and then put in a new one.
How To Use
Get a prescription from your healthcare provider. Most often, women start using the ring within the first five days after the start of their periods.
Find a comfortable position. Pinch the Ring and insert it like a tampon. Don’t worry about where it is placed once inside the vagina – just make sure you are comfortable. You can remove the ring during sex, as long as you remember to put back in with 3 hours.
Because it is a hormonal birth control similar to the Pill the side effects are similar. Some POSITIVE benefits include protection from acne, bone thinning, bad menstrual cramps, cysts in ectopic pregnancy heavy and/or irregular periods, iron deficiency anemia, and premenstrual symptoms, including headaches and depression.
The most common side effects usually clear up after two or three months. They include bleeding between periods, extra vaginal wetness, breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting and change in sex drive.
Serious but less likely side effects are:
- Clotting, strokes, heart attacks, developing high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, jaundice. Check with your physician about any health concerns.
Note to Self
Costs about $15–$80 a month. Be sure to make sure the ring doesn’t move while in “action” if it does just pop it back in within 3 hours. Sometimes your partner might be able to feel the ring inside of you, if you engage in vaginal intercourse…so it’s not exactly the most discreet form of birth control.