NuvaRing vaginal (intravaginal) contraceptive rings are meant to be used by women between 18 and 40 years of age. There are used once in a month. The ring – which contains synthetic female hormones – is placed in the vagina for 3 weeks and then is used in order to apply a 7-day break. Vaginal rings are a convenient form of contraception which not only efficiently prevents unwanted pregnancy, but also alleviates menstrual pains and protects from developing inflammation of minor pelvis’ organs, ovary cysts and cancer of the uterus.

What are the benefits of using NuvaRing vaginal ring?

Contraception NuvaRing allows you to forget about using other contraceptive methods for three week. At the same time, it provides high effectiveness. You will not have to remember to take your daily contraceptive pill while using NuvaRing vaginal rings. No effect on the stomach is an unquestionable benefit of NuvaRing, as it virtually eliminates the risk of experiencing side effects popular in classic hormonal contraceptives.

How do NuvaRing contraceptives protect against unwanted pregnancy?

Elastic Nuvaring intravaginal ring provides high level of contraceptive protection for three weeks. The ring contains two active ingredients – ethynyl estradiol and etonogestrel which are synthetic equivalents of female sex hormones. These hormones are successively released into the vagina and absorbed into the blood circulation, making their action similar to oral contraceptive pills.

Released hormones give a signal to the body indicating that the ovulation has already taken place, thus not releasing the egg cell. Furthermore, the viscosity of cervical mucus increases, which creates an obstacle for the spermatozoa, preventing them from reaching the uterus and the egg. The blood supply also changes during the use of intravaginal rings.

How do you use NuvaRing intravaginal rings?

NuvaRing intravaginal rings are intended for internal use for a three-week period. After this time, the ring should be removed in order to have a seven-day break period. During this time, a release similar to typical menstruation may occur. After seven days, you should place another ring in the vagina, in order to maintain a sufficient level of protection against pregnancy. In the period with no use of contraceptive, the protection level does not change.

If you consider using intravaginal rings, the first day of menstruation cycle is the best moment to start using the rings. By doing so, the protection will occur in the first day of use. Of course, you may start using NuvaRing at a different time of the cycle, but in this case you should use additional protection against unplanned pregnancy for about seven days.

What should I do if I notice that the ring has moved or fell out?

NuvaRing vaginal ring should stay in place it was put in for three weeks and you should regularly check if it stays there. If the ring accidentally falls out – i.e. while taking out a tampon, passing stools or during a sexual intercourse, you should carefully wash it in warm water and place it in the vagina again. If the ring remains outside the vagina longer than for three hours, you should be aware that the protection level has drastically decreased. In this case, you should avoid sexual intercourses or use additional protection for another seven days. If the ring falls out in the third week of use, you should throw it away and place a new ring – but do not forget about the seven-day break period. You can also introduce a seven-day break, after which you should remember to place a new vaginal ring no later than seven day after the previous one fell out.

What should I do if I forget to remove the vaginal ring after three weeks?

If you happen to forget to remove the ring after three weeks, you should do this immediately.

Provided the ring was inside the vagina for less than four weeks, you can use standard procedures regarding the use of NuvaRing. After taking out the vaginal ring, have a week of break and then apply a new ring. The protection level should not be changed in any way.

If the ring was used for more than four weeks, the released hormone level may be insufficient to prevent pregnancy, so before using a fresh ring, you should make a pregnancy test. After applying the new ring, you should not have sex for seven days or you should use additional  types of contraception.

What are the potential risks of applying vaginal rings?

While using hormonal contraception, you should know that it always affects your health in some way and it there is always a chance of experiencing some side effects. Listed below are just some of the most common side effects of using NuvaRing vaginal rings:

Common symptoms:

  • vaginal infections
  • increased libido
  • depression
  • headaches or migraines
  • stomachaches
  • nausea

Rare symptoms:

  • inflammation of lower urinary tract or urinary tract contamination
  • painful urination or polyuria (frequent urination)
  • inflammation of the cervix
  • burning sensation in the vagina, pain, discomfort, dryness, poor smell
  • mood swings
  • swollen breasts

The side effects listed above may not cover the entirety of cases, that is why if you notice any disturbing symptoms, you should contact your physician or pharmacist immediately. More information regarding potential side effects can be found in the product’s brochure.

Can I buy NuvaRing vaginal ring over the Internet?

NuvaRing rings can be purchased over the Internet through our website. First, you need to fill out a form which contains all the information necessary for our doctor to state if the use of intravaginal rings might pose a risk in your case.

Our doctor will write a prescription and transfer it to execution for patients who already use or have used NuvaRing in the past and also – in cases of documented recommendation from an obstetrician.