Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing)
A flexible polymer ring that is inserted into the vagina for 3 weeks to prevent pregnancy. It releases steady levels of estrogen and progesterone which lnhibits ovulation. Click for Nuva Ring website.
How to use
- Insert ring into vagina and let it remain there for 3 weeks.
- Remove the ring for the 4th week and allow menstruation to begin.
- After 7 days insert a new ring.
- If the ring slips out, it can be reinserted if it is out for less than 3 hours.
- Controls the menstrual cycle.
- Reduces likelihood of endometrial or ovarian cancer.
- Reduces menstrual cramps.
- Reduces acne.
- Leads to lighter and more regular periods.
- Reduces iron deficiency anemia.
Reduces bone thinning.
- Does not provide protection from STIs.
- May lead to spotting (bleeding between periods).
- May increase breast tenderness.
- Can cause nausea or vomiting.
- May increase vaginal discharges, irritations, or infections.
- May be at greater risk for heart disease, blood clots, or stroke.
- Can sometimes cause jaundice.
- Failure rate ranges from 1.0% - 9.0%.
- Need prescription from a Health Care provider (Primary Care physician, OB/GYN, W&L Student Health Center)
- Cost: $15 - $70 per month