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Contraceptive Ring*

How does it work?

  • Flexible ring is inserted into the vagina and releases female hormones estrogen and progestin
  • Hormones are absorbed through the lining of the vagina
  • Stops the ovary from releasing an egg (ovulation)
  • Thickens the cervical mucus and makes it difficult for the egg to attach to the wall of the uterus
  • Changes the lining of the uterus and makes it difficult for the egg to attach to the wall of the uterus
  • Stays in the vagina for 21 days
  • Then removed for 7 days and you will have your regular period
  • Woman must feel comfortable to insert and remove the ring on her own

Advantages

  • 92-99.7% effective
  • Does not need to be removed before or after intercourse
  • Rarely felt by women and/or partner
  • Regulates periods
  • Not swallowed so there is less chance of stomach upset
  • Can be used by healthy, non-smoking women of any age
  • Allows for unplanned sex
  • Easily reversible

Disadvantages

  • No protection against STIs, including HIV
  • Some side effects (stomach upset, bleeding between periods, headaches, breast tenderness)
  • May accidently slip out under certain conditions
  • Women with increased conditions may not be able to use the ring due to increased risk of a blood clot (for example, smokers over the age of 35 years, high blood pressure)