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All about the Contraceptive Vaginal Ring


The Vaginal Ring is a small soft ring the woman
puts in her vagina monthly to keep from getting

Once the woman puts a new Ring into her vagina, the
hormones are taken into her body through the skin of her
vagina. Three weeks later, she takes it out and throws it
away. After 7 days without a Ring, she puts in a new one.

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 Contraceptive Ring
This is what the ring looks like

 How does the Ring work?

The Ring is made of soft and flexible plastic. It has two
kinds of hormones in it like the ones made in a woman's     
body (estrogen and progestin). These hormones keep
the woman's eggs from leaving her ovaries.

How well does it work?

About  9 women out of 100 who use the
Ring for a year get pregnant.

What do women like about
using the Ring?

  • It does not interrupt having sex.
  • It is easy to use. A woman puts it in herself.
  • It is easy to check to make sure it is
    in place.
  • It can help a woman have periods
    when she expects them.

Provider with Contraceptive Ring  Your provider will show you how to use the ring.

What do some women dislike
about it?

  • Some women have a vaginal
    discharge or some discomfort.
  • Some women may not feel
    comfortable putting the Ring in the     
  • Side effects such as spotting
    between periods.

How do I get the Ring?

You must go to a health care provider. You
should tell your provider about:

  • Any health problems you have.
  • Any medicine you are taking.


How do I use the Ring?

When you use the Ring for the very first
time, put it in your vagina no later than the
5th day after your period starts. For just
the first 7 days, use another birth control
method, like condoms.

The Ring is easy to put in your vagina.
Here's how:

  • Wash and dry your hands before
    taking the Ring out of the pouch.
  • To put the Ring in your vagina, find a
    position that is comfortable: standing
    with one leg up, squatting, or lying
  • Squeeze the Ring together between
    your thumb and fingers.
  • Slip it into the opening of your vagina.
  • Slide it farther back until it is
    comfortable. The muscles of your
    vagina will hold it in place.

The Ring can be any place in your vagina.
It will still work.

Leave the Ring in your vagain for 3 weeks:

  • Do not take it out when you have sex.
  • You or your partner should not feel it.

After 3 weeks, take the Ring out:

  • Hook your finger in the Ring, gently
    pull it out.
  • Throw it in a trashcan away from
    children or pets.
  • Wait 7 days. You will get your period
    during this time.

After 7 days, put a new Ring in your vagina.
Always put the Ring in on the same day
of the week.

What if it falls out?

If the Ring falls out, wash it and just put it
back in right away. It's more likely to fall
out in the first month when you are getting
used to using it. It might fall out when you
are straining.

What about the side effects?

  • The hormones in the Ring may cause
    some side effects:
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or breast tenderness
  • Spotting and bleeding between

If any of these side effects bother you, talk
to your Family PACT provider.

  • Rare but serious side effects are
    blood clots in legs or lungs, or toxic
    shock syndrome.

The Ring may not be safe for
some women to use.

Talk to your Family PACT provider about
any health problems you may have. For
example, if you:

  • Are over 35 years old and smoke.
  • Have had blood clots in your legs or
  • Have had a heart attack or a stroke.
  • Have high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • Have ever had breast cancer.

Ask you provider if the Ring would be a
good method for you to use.

Watch for these warning signs.

Call your Family PACT provider right away
if you have:

  • Sudden headaches
  • Eye problems (blurry vision)
  • Sharp, sudden pain in the leg, chest,
    or abdomen

The Ring does not protect you from
HIV (the virus that causes AIDS)
and other infections people get
from having sex.
Use condoms (for men or women)
along with the Ring to protect yourself
from these infections.

© 2007 Department of Health Care Services, Office of Family Planning. All rights reserved. Revised 2013                                         
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