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Contraceptive Vaginal Ring

What is the vaginal ring?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?

Over 99%

Advantages

  • 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.

Disadvantages

  • 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.