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Vaginal ring

What is it?

The contraceptive ring (brand name NuvaRing) is a device that is inserted into the vagina and contains artificial oestrogen and progesterone hormones.

How it works

The vaginal ring is a small, soft plastic ring that you place inside your vagina. The release of oestrogen and progestogen prevents eggs being released, thickens the cervical mucus to present sperm meeting an egg, and thins the womb lining so that it is less likely that an egg will be implanted.

A nurse or doctor will explain how to insert the ring into the vagina so that it is comfortable. It stays in place for 21 days before you remove and dispose of it. After a seven-day break, you insert a new ring. You are likely to bleed during the week you have a break from the ring being in place.

The vaginal ring is around 99% effective if used as directed, but this can fall to 91% if you do not remember to insert and remove it at the correct intervals.

If you are someone who may struggle to remember to insert, remove and replace the ring exactly when and how directed, there may be better methods of contraception for you to try.

We can discuss the range of contraception methods available to find the one that would be best for you, and provide whichever option is required.

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