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The Vaginal Ring

The vaginal ring is a form of contraception. This page explains how the vaginal ring works and tells you how to use it.

NuvaRing is no longer available in Aotearoa new Zealand.

What is a vaginal ring?

The vaginal ring.

A vaginal ring is a contraceptive ring which sits inside the vagina. It contains two hormones, oestrogen and progestogen and stops ovaries from releasing an egg each month.

It is inserted for 3 out of 4 weeks each month or it can be used continuously.

Can I still get pregnant?

With typical use, about eight in every 100 people using the vaginal ring will get pregnant each year. When used correctly however, the chance of you getting pregnant with a vaginal ring is less than 1%.

Are there any health concerns?

There is a very small chance of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes. These concerns are more likely in people over 35 who smoke, are overweight or have a family history of these conditions.

What are the advantages of using a vaginal ring?

It lasts for three to four weeks so is useful for you if you tend to forget to take a pill.

What are the disadvantages of using a vaginal ring?

It should not be used by people over 35 who smoke.

Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.

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