The Nuva Ring

Q. What is the NuvaRing®, and is it effective?

A. NuvaRing is ideal for women who want a method of contraception that is effective, discreet and above all convenient. When used as directed, NuvaRing is 99% effective; that’s every bit as effective as the pill and patch. However, unlike women who use those methods, NuvaRing users need only think about contraception once a month. This method will not protect you from STDs! Use it with condoms for STD prevention.

Here is a photo a the NuvaRing.You insert the NuvaRing® into your vagina only once a month. The muscles in your vaginal wall will keep it in place for three weeks. During that time, it will slowly release a low dose of hormones needed to prevent pregnancy. It is only available by prescription, so you must visit a health care provider to get a prescription for one.

Q. How Does it work?

A. You insert the NuvaRing® into your vagina only once a month. The NuvaRing® contains two types of hormones, estrogen and progestin, that prevent your ovaries from producing mature eggs. NuvaRing® provides benefits similar to the pill, but without the daily pill to remember to take on time. The hormones are released by contact with the vagina. The walls of your vagina absorb the hormones and distribute them into your bloodstream.

Q. Is it for you?

A. Not if you smoke or have heart disease and keep in mind the NuvaRing® does not protect against HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. If you do smoke, discuss the risks with your health care provider.

The use of combination oral contraceptives is associated with increased risks of several serious side effects, including blood clots, which may lead to stroke or heart attack.  It is unknown if the risk of blood clots is different with NuvaRing® use than with the use of certain birth control pills.  Cigarette smoking increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

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