The NuvaRing is a type of birth control that, when used correctly, is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
It is a flexible circular ring two inches across. The ring comes in one size and fits virtually all women. To use the ring, you put it in your vagina and leave it there for three weeks. Inside your body, the ring releases the same kinds of hormones you get in birth control pills. Three weeks after you inserted the ring, you take it out for one week. Then your period will come.
The NuvaRing is a flexible circle about 2 inches wide.
How does the NuvaRing work?
Hormones released from the ring temporarily stop the ovaries from releasing an egg. If there is no egg released, a woman cannot get pregnant that month. The hormones may also make the natural fluids in the cervix thicker, so it is harder for a sperm to swim through to get to the egg, which won't be there anyway.
Why do some young women choose the ring?
A lot of young women prefer the ring because it is easy to use. Some women also report fewer cramps and lighter periods while using the ring. There have also been reports of the ring helping to reduce acne. Finally, there is the convenience of not having to take a pill every day, and most young women (and their partners) say they do not feel the ring during intercourse.
Why do some women NOT choose the ring?
Most young women who use the ring find that they have few, if any, problems. However, the ring is not for everyone. Some young women have stopped using the ring because of side effects, such as mood swings, hair loss, weight gain, anxiety, fatigue, vaginal discharge, rash, and yeast infections. To see which birth control is best for you, talk to one of our health care providers.
Watch this informative YouTube video by Planned Parenthood about the NuvaRing to learn more.
Fact: The NuvaRing is very effective against pregnancies, but it has to be used correctly. This means making sure you are not pregnant before you start using the NuvaRing and sticking to a consistent schedule of using the ring, keeping the ring in for three weeks, taking the ring out for one week, and then putting in a new one.
Fact: The NuvaRing usually stays in place once you put it in. However, once in awhile it might slip out. This may occur during sex or while pushing during a bowel movement.
What to do depends on how long the ring has been out. If it has been out less than three hours, then just wash the NuvaRing off in cool water and put it back in. If it has been out more than three hours, then it may not work as well. Depending on where you are in the month, you may choose to put a new NuvaRing in immediately or just wait for your period and then put a new NuvaRing in. For example, if the NuvaRing falls out during weeks one or two, put in a new one, and use condoms as a back-up method of protection. Leave the ring in for three weeks after the new insertion. If the NuvaRing falls out during week three, use condoms until you get your period. Then, put in a new Nuvaring seven days after your period starts. If you have any questions, call us at (646) 320-6121 or (646) 685-9639.
Fact: The NuvaRing cannot get lost inside your body. The Nuvaring is pushed inside the vagina and it stays inside the vagina.
Fact: It takes about a week for the hormones to start working in your body, so we recommend that you use condoms during that time. However, since the NuvaRing does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, it is a good idea to consider using condoms all the time.
Fact: You usually do not need Plan B if you have sex during the fourth week, when you are ring-free. You should get your period during that week. Remember to put another NuvaRing in at the end of that fourth week. If for some reason you do not get your period, come in to see us.
Fact: The NuvaRing does not protect against any sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. The ring is intended to prevent pregnancies. To protect yourself against STIs and HIV, we recommended that you use a condom every time you have sex.
How to insert the NuvaRing
Take the ring out of the package.
Pinch the ring together with your index finger and thumb .
Choose a comfortable position for inserting the ring into your vagina. You can try the following positions:
While still pinching the ring, insert it into the vagina with one hand. Use your other hand to separate the lips of the vagina if necessary.
Push the ring inside the vagina until you feel comfortable.
Leave the ring in place for three weeks and take it out afterwards.
Remember to insert a new ring after one week!