NuvaRing is a flexible piece of plastic you insert into the vagina once a month. It stays in place for three weeks and then you take it out for a one-week break.
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If you use NuvaRing exactly according to the instructions it’s more than 99% effective at protecting you against pregnancy. If you make a mistake with it every now and again, the effectiveness drops a little, but it still gives a high level of protection. This is called typical use and is judged to be around 91% effective.
The best way to ensure NuvaRing gives you as much protection as possible is to follow the instructions as closely as you can.
Who can use NuvaRing?
Most women should be able to use NuvaRing. It’s a type of combined birth control, much like the pill. This means that most women should be able to use it with little or no issues.
But combined birth control, contraception that contains oestrogen and progesterone, may not be a good choice for women with certain health factors. This includes women who get migraines or who are at increased risk of getting a blood clot. If combined birth control isn’t right for you, our clinician can recommend a progestogen-only pill instead.
How does NuvaRing work?
Each month, your body gets ready for pregnancy. The uterus grows a thicker lining to receive a fertilised egg, and an egg is released by the ovary in a process called ovulation. The reproductive cycle happens because of two hormones in the body, oestrogen and progesterone, whose levels rise and fall over the course of each month.
NuvaRing contains synthetic versions of these hormones. When they’re introduced to your body, certain steps in the reproductive cycle change. Ovulation doesn’t happen, the texture of the uterine wall doesn’t change, and mucus in the cervix thickens to block sperm from getting through.
How to use NuvaRing
NuvaRing is inserted into the vagina.
With clean hands, compress the ring between your thumb and fingers and carefully insert the tip inside the vaginal canal. Push higher until it’s firmly inside and you’re comfortable. You should be able to feel with your fingers that it’s still in place, but it won’t stop working if it moves a bit.
NuvaRing must be removed after exactly three weeks. To remove it, clean your hands and hook the ring onto one of your fingers. Then gently pull it out. NuvaRing comes with a small bag you can use to discard it. Always dispose of your NuvaRing in the bin and not into the toilet.
If you can’t find NuvaRing when it’s time to remove it, see your GP or sexual health nurse. It isn’t possible for the ring to become lost inside the body, so don’t panic. You might just need a little help taking it out.
Should I take a 7-day break on NuvaRing?
Like most methods of combined birth control, NuvaRing should be used for exactly 21 days. On the 22nd day, you should take it out, which you can do yourself at home. That day is then Day One of your seven-day break from NuvaRing. On the eighth day, insert a new ring and start the cycle again.
For specific advice on switching or changing birth control, just drop us a message. We can talk you through your options and answer any questions you have.
What should I do if NuvaRing falls out?
If NuvaRing falls out, refer to the package insert that came with it and get in touch with our clinician.
If it has been out for less than three hours, you should still be protected against pregnancy if you reinsert it. If it’s been longer than three hours or you’re not sure when it fell out, you will need to use condoms for a week after reinsertion to stay protected.
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How safe is NuvaRing?
NuvaRing is considered a very safe method of contraception. Because it doesn’t have a lot of oestrogen compared to other types of combined birth control, there’s a lower risk of oestrogenic side effects like heavy bleeding, water retention and nausea. It’s quite common to get side effects when starting a new birth control method, but they’re usually mild and go away on their own after a month or two.
Any birth control containing oestrogen may slightly increase the risk of certain health problems. Complications from NuvaRing are extremely rare but serious side effects are possible, so you should speak to our clinician if you notice anything that concerns you.
Is NuvaRing better than the pill?
Women who don’t want the hassle of a pill every day may find NuvaRing a more low-maintenance option. It only needs to be inserted once a month and then taken out three weeks later, which saves a lot of time and might be more suitable if you’re a little forgetful.
NuvaRing’s effectiveness is the same as the pill’s, so whether it’s better depends on other factors. One benefit of the birth control ring is that your protection levels don’t change if you’re sick and experience vomiting or diarrhoea. On the other hand, other women might feel more comfortable with an oral contraceptive. So it comes down to personal choice really.
NuvaRing vs. SyreniRing: which is better?
There isn’t really much to choose between them. SyreniRing hasn’t been on the market for very long, but technically the two are the exact same treatment, with the same hormonal makeup, delivering the same levels into the body.
There have been stock and supply issues with SyreniRing, so at the moment, NuvaRing might be easier to come by.
Why should I buy NuvaRing online with Treated?
It’s easy to set up a birth control subscription with Treated and never run out of NuvaRing again.
Tell us about yourself and the kind of birth control you’re looking for. We’ll put together some options for you, so you can choose what suits you best. Once you’ve selected your treatment we’ll deliver it directly to you, as often as you need it.
We’ll check in with you too, to make sure your birth control is working for you. So if you feel like you need to switch to something else, we can help you find an alternative.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please talk to a doctor.
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