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.

How to use it?

With clean hands, squeeze the ring together between your thumb and index finger and insert it like a tampon into the vagina. Remove the ring after 3 weeks and insert a new ring 1 week later. If you want to skip your period, you insert the ring once every 3 weeks.

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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