What is vaginal ring?
The vaginal ring is a flexible, plastic ring that is placed in the upper vagina. It releases estrogen and progestin that are absorbed through the vaginal tissues into the body.
How can I get vaginal ring?
A health care provider must prescribe the vaginal ring, but you can insert it yourself.
How do I use the vaginal ring?
You fold the ring and insert it into the vagina. It can stay there for 21 days then remove it and wait for 7 days before inserting a new ring. During the week when the ring is not used, you will have your period. To use the ring as a continuous-dose form of birth control,you must insert a new ring every 21 days with no ring free week in between.
What are possible side effects of using the vaginal ring?
Possible side effects include the following:
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal irritation
- Vaginal discharge
- Breakthrough bleeding