Birth Control Basics: The (Nuva)Ring

By marthe

What is it?

The ring is a small, plastic, flexible ring that you literally put in your vagina. It then will continuously release low doses of progesterone and estrogen. This prevents eggs from releasing from the ovaries as well as thickens the cervical mucus (to block the sperm from the egg).  The ring is about as effective as the pill if you use it correctly.

So, how do you use it?

You put it in your vagina, either twist it or make it into a small ball before inserting it. Once inside, leave it in there for three weeks, and remove it to have your period. After one week, insert a new one in to start a new cycle. If you want to take it out during sex, feel free! Just be sure to put it back in within three hours, and only do that once in a 24-hour span.

If you want to take it out during sex, feel free! Just be sure to put it back in within three hours, and only do that once in a 24-hour span.

How much does it cost?

The Nuvaring costs between $30 – 75 if you don’t have insurance and pay out of pocket. If you do have insurance, most plans will cover the full price, including Medicaid.

Side effects?

The side effects include nauseousness, spotting, tender breasts, increased vaginal discharge and in rare cases changes in sex drive, which is very similar to other combination contraceptives such as the pill and the patch. The main difference though is that it releases fewer hormones, which can lead to fewer side effects.

Is this right for you?

If you do not want to rely on remembering to take the pill every day, this is a much better option. Other benefits are that it can also potentially clear up acne, give you shorter and lighter periods, reduce PMS and cramps.

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