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NuvaRing® is a soft plastic ring which is inserted by the woman into the vagina. Once inserted the ring slowly releases low doses of two hormones, oestrogen and a progestogen, into the bloodstream. These hormones are similar to those naturally produced by the female body and the same as those used in the combined oral contraceptive pill.
The ring is 99% effective when used perfectly. If 100 women use the ring, one woman could become pregnant in a year. It is less effective if not used according to instructions.
The ring has few side effects. Most side effects tend to settle within two or three months of first using the ring. During this time some women may experience:
Thrombosis is a rare but very serious complication occurring when blood clots form in major blood vessels. It is important to recognise the warning signs and seek immediate medical help if any of the following are experienced:
Most women can safely use NuvaRing®.Your doctor will review the suitability of the method with you prior to providing a prescription and will ask you about: