Vaginal Ring

The vaginal ring is a flexible, transparent, plastic ring placed in the vagina and that releases two hormones (estrogen and progestogen). It is replaced once a month. If it is used correctly, less than 1 out of 100 will get pregnant each year using the ring.

What is it?

The vaginal ring is a flexible, transparent, plastic ring placed in the vagina, that releases two hormones (estrogen and progestogen). It has to be replaced once a month, so after the first demonstration from your GP or clinician, you will be able to do it yourself.

Who can use it?

You will need to go through your medical record with your GP or clinician to see if you’re suitable. Factors that may prevent you from using it can be diabetes, weight and certain medicines (among others).

What are the disadvantage?

  • It doesn’t interrupt sex and it’s easy to put in and remove. This way you don’t have to think about it every day or each time you have sex.
  • It may also reduce the risk of cancer of the ovary, uterus and colon.

What are the disadvantages?

  • It may cause temporary side effects such as increased vaginal discharge, headaches, nausea and mood changes.
  • It may also not feel comfortable inserting or removing it from your vagina.
  • It doesn’t protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) therefore the use of condoms alongside is recommended.

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