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The NuvaRing™ is a soft, clear, flexible ring inserted into the vagina that contains 2 hormones in a slow release gel over a three-week period of time.

How does it work?

The vaginal ring works by constantly releasing 2 hormones that:

  1. Stop the ovaries from releasing an egg.
  2. Thicken the cervical mucus so that it is difficult for sperm to enter the uterus.

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How effective is the NuvaRing™?

  • When used correctly, the vaginal ring (NuvaRing™) is between 98 - 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
  • The vaginal ring does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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How do I use it?

  • The vaginal ring is inserted into the vagina on Day 1 - 5 of your menstrual period and stays in place for three weeks.
  • After 3 weeks, the vaginal ring is taken out of the vagina and thrown into the garbage.
  • You will now have one "ring free" week.

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Who can use NuvaRing™?

  • Any woman who can use the birth control pill can use NuvaRing™.
  • Consult your doctor to discuss any conditions that may prevent you from using the vaginal ring.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages to using NuvaRing™?


  • The NuvaRing™ has a lower dose of hormones than birth control pills.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea do not decrease its effectiveness.
  • Convenience of changing the vaginal ring once a month.
  • It is discrete.
  • Excellent cycle control.
  • Does not interrupt sexual activity.
  • Allows the female to be in control of her reproductive health.


  • Does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) .
  • Female has to be comfortable touching her genitals.
  • Risk of cardiovascular disease similar to the birth control pill.

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Where can I get it?

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How much does it cost?

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