The vaginal ring is called Nuvaring®. It is a small, flexible, plastic ring that contains hormones that prevent pregnancy. You insert the vaginal ring into your vagina and it stays in place for three weeks. The hormones from the ring get into your body through the vagina and protect against pregnancy. You remove the ring from your vagina at the beginning of the fourth week and have a period. You put the ring into your vagina by squeezing it between your thumb and forefinger and pushing it in, like a tampon. You can still use tampons and vaginal medicines, such as yeast infection creams, when you are using the ring.
Advantages of the Ring:
Makes periods lighter and less painful.
- Can be used to cause shorter periods or fewer periods.
- Protects against some types of cancer.
- Protects for one month. Can be easier to use than pills since you only have to remember to insert a new ring one time each month.
Disadvantages of the Ring:
- Safe for most women. Women who have high blood pressure, smoke or are older than 35 should not use the ring. Your doctor can help you decide if the ring is safe for you.
- The vaginal ring does not protect you from STIs.