Vaginal Ring

Easy to insert doesn’t need a doctor, don’t have to think about it every time you have sex


  • It is a flexible ring that is about 2 inches around.
  • It releases two hormones (progestin and estrogen) to stop the ovaries from releasing eggs.
  • It also thickens the cervical mucus, which keeps sperm from getting to the egg.

How To Use

  • You put the ring into your vagina.
  • Keep the ring in your vagina for 3 weeks and then take it out for 1 week. Your menstrual period should start during this ring-free week.
  • If the ring falls out and stays out for more than 3 hours, replace it but use another method of birth control, like a condom and spermicide, until the ring has been in place for 7 days in a row.

Side Effects

Some Side Effects and Risks
  • Vaginal discharge, discomfort in the vagina, and mild irritation.
  • Headache
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness
Some Less Common Risks
  • It is not common, but some women who take the pill develop high blood pressure.
  • It is rare, but some women will have blood clots, heart attacks, or strokes.


Does it protect me from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?


Other Contraceptive Options