Vaginal Ring

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What is it? How does it work?

The vaginal ring is a small, flexible ring that you insert into the vagina, kind of like how you put in a tampon. The ring contains progestin and estrogen, which are hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs each month and thicken your cervical mucus. You insert the ring into the vagina once every three weeks if you want to skip your period. If you want to have your period, you insert the ring, wait three weeks, remove the ring, wait one week, and then insert the replacement ring.

How effective is it?

The ring is 91% effective with typical use. With perfect use, it is greater than 99% effective.

What are the side effects?

Usually the ring has few side effects. When women do have side effects, they usually experience spotting, nausea, and tender breasts.

Does it protect me against sexually transmitted infections?

The ring does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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