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Vaginal Ring

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:

  • Headache
  • Breast tenderness
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Nausea
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breakthrough bleeding