- 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.
Some Side Effects and Risks
- Vaginal discharge, discomfort in the vagina, and mild irritation.
- Mood changes
- 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)?