The Ring

What is it?

The ring is a thin, flexible, plastic ring that is worn inside the vagina to prevent pregnancy. It is sometimes referred to by its brand name, NuvaRing. It comes in one size that works for most women. The ring has two hormones in it: estrogen and progestin. The hormones slowly go into the body through the skin in the vagina. The ring works on a 4-week cycle. A new ring is inserted once a month.

Pros:

  • Convenient and easy to use.
  • Very effective and private.
  • Can make periods more regular and less painful.

Cons:

Who uses the ring?

People who don’t want to take their BC every day but don’t mind changing out a ring once a month; people who are comfortable with inserting a ring into their vagina (similar to tampon insertion).

How do you use the ring?

Insert a new ring into your vagina every month to prevent pregnancy. The hormones in the ring go through the body to prevent ovulation, or release of an egg. The ring must be removed after 3 weeks. During the fourth week you will get your period. After that fourth week a new ring is inserted to protect against pregnancy for one more month.

Where do you get the ring?

You can get a prescription for the ring at a clinic near you. A prescription normally covers several months’ worth of rings.

How effective is the ring?

The Ring is 92-99% effective. 

Does the ring offer STD protection?

NO. For STD protection use condoms with this method.