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NuvaRing®


What Is It?

A flexible, donut-shaped ring containing estrogen and progestin, which is inserted into the vagina.


How Does It Work?

  • Thickens cervical mucus
  • Prevents ovulation (release of egg)
  • Prevents implantation of fertilized egg

How Is It Used?

  • Inserted for 3 weeks
  • Removed during the fourth week
  • New ring inserted after fourth week

Effectiveness:

98% – 99%


Benefits:

  • Equals Pill effectiveness
  • One application lasts for three weeks
  • Good cycle control

Possible Concerns:

  • Not recommended for heavy smokers. May increase risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and high blood pressure (especially for women over 35 who smoke)
  • Vaginal discharge, infection or irritation
  • Headache, weight gain, bleeding or nausea
  • Breast tenderness first 3 months

DOES NOT REDUCE THE RISK OF HIV/AIDS OR STDs





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