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Rings

How do I use it?

Rings are small, flexible, and worn inside of the vagina. They release the hormones estrogen and progestin to prevent pregnancy. There are two types. One is disposable and you replace it monthly. The other lasts a year, and you remove and wash it once a month.

How effective is it?

The Ring is 93% effective at preventing pregnancy. Some medications can make it less effective. You may need to use a back-up method of birth control (like condoms) for seven days after starting the Ring.

What I might like...

  • You may get lighter periods
  • You might have reduced cramps and reduced PMS
  • You can use the disposable Ring to skip your period
  • You may be able to clear up your acne
  • You can keep it in during sex

What I might dislike...

  • You won’t be protected from STIs
  • There is a slightly increased risk of forming a blood clot
  • You may experience spotting between periods for the first few months
  • You might get headaches, weight changes, breast tenderness, and mood changes the first few months. This typically improves with time.
  • Estrogen might affect your milk supply if you are breastfeeding
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