Contraceptive Vaginal Ring
What is the vaginal ring?
Vaginal rings are a flexible, transparent, plastic ring (54mm diameter and 4mm width). It is placed inside the vagina and releases a constant dose of estrogen and progestogen into the bloodstream.
How effective is it?
- You don’t have to think about it everyday – one ring stays in for 3 weeks.
- It doesn’t interrupt sex.
- Unlike the pill, the hormones do not need to be absorbed by the stomach, so the ring is not affected if you vomit or have diarrhoea.
- It is easy to insert and remove.
- Bleeding will usually become more regular, lighter and less painful.
- It may help with premenstrual symptoms.
- Some women may not feel comfortable inserting and removing it.
- You may get temporary side effects at first including increased vaginal discharge, headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and mood changes.
- Bleeding or spotting may occur in the first few months of ring use.
- It doesn’t protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections.