AN ALL-ROUND CONTRACEPTIVE SOLUTION.
The contraception ring looks simple and functional, but there’s more to it than that. It's made from a soft, flexible plastic and, once placed, it slowly releases a progestin and estrogen into the body. The hormones stop the ovaries from releasing eggs, and thicken the cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to move. You wear it for three weeks then you remove it, take a week off, and then put a new ring in.
The ring sits up against your vaginal wall, so putting it in is just the same as placing a tampon. After washing your hands you simply squeeze it and push it inside your vagina until it's sitting against the side of your vaginal wall. Once it is comfortably in position, that's it for three weeks. At the end of three weeks you take it out and have a week off – in this week your period should start. Then after a week of not wearing the ring, you simply start the routine again.
You should use another form of contraception if the ring falls out and stays out for more than three hours before you refit it. If the ring falls out and is out for less than three hours, simply refit it and continue as normal. Once the ring has been in place for seven consecutive days, it is effective again. If you're unsure about how to properly use the ring, consult your doctor or nurse.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Yes. The ring releases a low dose of progestin and estrogen.
EASE OF USE
The ring needs to be left in placed in the vagina for three weeks. It is removed during the fourth week, before being replaced at the start of another four-week cycle.
The ring may cause temporary irregular bleeding, and some contraceptive rings can stop menstruation altogether.
WHAT IF I FORGET TO TAKE THE RING OUT?
If you leave the ring in your vagina for up to four weeks, you will be protected from pregnancy. Remove the ring immediately, and replace it with a new ring after seven days. If you leave the ring in your vagina for longer than four weeks, remove it immediately and use a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. Then, replace it with a new ring and use another method of contraception, such as condoms, for the next seven days. In this case you may experience irregular menstrual bleeding. If you are still worried, speak with your doctor or nurse immediately.
CAN STERILIZATION BE REVERSED?
During sexual intercourse, your partner may feel the ring in the vagina.
CAN THE RING GET LOST INSIDE ME?
No. Once placed in the vagina, there is no risk of the ring being pushed too far up or getting lost. However, if you experience pain during or after placing the ring, or if you cannot find it in your vagina, consult your doctor or nurse immediately.
CAN I USE TAMPONS AND THE RING AT THE SAME TIME?
Using tampons will not reduce the contraceptive efficacy of the ring. Position the ring before you place a tampon, and pay particular attention when removing a tampon to make sure you don't accidentally pull the ring out. If this should occur, simply rinse the ring with water and immediately re-position it.
IS A VAGINAL RING THE SAME THING AS THE CONTRACEPTIVE RING?
Yes, they’re the same. There are different versions, but they all release hormones into your body that prevent pregnancy.
DOES THE CONTRACEPTIVE RING CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
Use of contraceptive rings can cause weight gain in some women. The amount of weight gained varies by individual.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Make an appointment with your doctor or nurse today.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Doctors and scientists have been researching this method.
The amount of time the ring is worn during one cycle.
Chance of pregnancy when used perfectly.
- It can stay in place for up to three weeks.
- It requires careful tracking of the number of weeks it has been used.
- Some women experience vaginal discharge, discomfort, headaches, mood swings, weight gain and disrupted periods.
- It does not protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Is It Okay?
If you’re concerned that your ring may fall out or has fallen out for more than three hours, you should consult your doctor or nurse and read your Patient Information Leaflet. In the meantime, consider using another form of contraception such as a condom.
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
The Hormonal Coil is a small, soft T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of a progestin hormone for up to 3 to 6 years. It is given with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse.
The Hormonal Coil is a small, soft T-shaped plastic frame that releases low levels of a progestin hormone for up to 3 to 5 years. It is given with a prescription and placed in your womb by a doctor or nurse.
A small, flexible silicone rod that releases hormones for up to 3 to 5 years. It is given with a prescription and placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor or nurse.
A small tablet containing one hormone, or a combined pill containing two hormones, that is self-administered with a prescription and needs to be swallowed at the same time each day.
A shot containing hormone(s) that is given with a prescription and administered by a doctor or nurse every 1 or 3 months.
A small, thin, skin-colored plastic square that sticks to the skin and releases hormones. It is given with a prescription and can be self-administered once a week.
A silicone cup placed in the vagina that prevents sperm from reaching the womb. Though some are fitted by a doctor or nurse, most are self-administered with a prescription up to 24 hours before sex.
A small, flexible ring that is self-administered with a prescription and placed in the vagina, where it releases hormones for 3 weeks.
An internal condom that works in the same way male condoms do, though it is placed in the vagina. It is self-administered and bought over the counter.
A sheath placed over the erect penis to stop sperm from reaching the vagina, it is also the only method that helps lower the risk of STIs. It is self-administered and bought over the counter.
A small, round piece of foam with a nylon loop that is placed in the vagina right before intercourse. It is bought over the counter and is self-administered.
Self-directed methods of avoiding pregnancy that include menstrual cycle tracking and body temperature measurements to identify fertile days.
Creams, films, foams, gels and suppositories that contain chemicals to stop or kill sperm. These are bought over the counter and are self-administered.
Also known as ‘the pull-out method’, this self-directed method involves withdrawing the penis prior to ejaculation to avoid pregnancy.
A medical procedure performed by a doctor or nurse that blocks the tubes carrying sperm.