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The NuvaRing is a small, flexible ring inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. It stays in place for 3 weeks. The NuvaRing slowly releases hormones that will prevent ovulation. Approximately 9 in 100 women get pregnant while using this method.

Pros of NuvaRing

  • It is good if you forget to take pills
  • It is easy to use.
  • It can be used during sex, exercise and while using tampons.
  • It is easy to check if it is there.
  • It is good for women who want a period each month.

Cons of NuvaRing

  • You have to remember when to remove the ring and when to place a new one.
  • It has a small chance of being expelled especially during intercourse, when removing a tampon or with straining during a bowel movement.
  • Some women say they can feel the ring, although it is not painful or uncomfortable.

Possible Side Effects

You may or may not experience the following side effects
  • Vaginal secretions
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal irritation
Warning signs to report to your provider immediately
  • Sudden headaches not relieved by Tylenol
  • Eye problems (blurry vision)
  • Sharp, sudden pain in the leg, chest or abdomen
Women who are not a candidate for the NuvaRing
  • If you have migraines with aura
  • If you are over 35 and smoke
  • If you have had blood clots, heart disease, or a stroke
  • If you have uncontrolled blood pressure or diabetes
  • If you have breast cancer or liver disease

The NuvaRing does NOT protect you from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms to protect yourself from these infections.

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