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Vaginal rings

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

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.

The vaginal ring is inserted into the vagina on the first day of a woman’s menstrual cycle and stays in place for three weeks in a row and is then removed while the woman has her period.

A new ring is inserted on the first day of the next menstrual cycle.

Please note, the vaginal ring (or the NuvaRing) is no longer available in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Can I still get pregnant?

With typical use, about eight in every 100 women 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 women 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 women 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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