NuvaRing: How Effective Is the Birth Control Ring?
To learn more about how NuvaRing works, refer to the previous blog.
Inserting NuvaRing correctly may take some getting used to. When inserted properly, NuvaRing is 99% effective. With typical everyday use, the efficacy of the ring drops down to 91%. This drop in the ring’s effectiveness is due to various errors in usage. Some of these errors include the following:
- Not inserting the ring incorrectly
- Failing to re-insert the ring promptly if it has fallen out
- Forgetting to replace the ring within the recommended three to six week timeframe
With practice, NuvaRing is easy to use. A significant advantage of NuvaRing is that it is a maintenance-free option if inserted correctly. The ring can remain in place anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks before it needs to be removed. This is a significant advantage over the birth control pill, which needs to be taken daily, or barrier devices that must be used to prevent pregnancy.
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When compared to other birth control methods like the pill, NuvaRing is a great option that requires minimal maintenance.
For the birth control pill to work as intended, it must be taken orally every day, preferably at the same time of day, for at least 21 days. Forgetting to take the pill, or even forgetting to take your pills with you when you’re away from home for the day can affect its ability to prevent pregnancy.
Unlike the pill, NuvaRing can be inserted and left alone for up to 6 weeks. Since the ring continues to release both progestin and estrogen throughout these 6 weeks, the risk of human error is significantly reduced.
NuvaRing works by releasing both progestin and estrogen, which both help prevent pregnancy. In addition to protecting against pregnancy, these hormones offer additional advantageous benefits. When used as directed, the ring can help minimize or prevent the following:
- cysts in ovaries and breasts
- bone thinning
- ovarian and endometrial cancers
- ectopic pregnancy
- iron deficiency
- infection of uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes
- premenstrual syndrome
Ability to Conceive Returns Quickly
It is important to note that the ability to conceive returns soon after stopping to use NuvaRing. It may take 1-2 full menstrual cycles before the body is free of the hormones released by the ring.
When the usage of NuvaRing has stopped, medical professionals recommend waiting at least one month before attempting to conceive. This waiting period allows the body to have at least one regular menstrual period.
Skipping Menstrual Periods
Perhaps you’re going on vacation, have a special event coming up, or just want a break from the regular monthly routine. Another benefit of NuvaRing is that it can be used to skip menstrual periods.
Skipping your period with NuvaRing is easy. Insert the ring and leave it in place for 3 weeks. On the first day of the 4th week, remove the old ring and immediately replace it with a new one instead of going ring-free for 7 days. Doing this will ensure that there are consistent levels of hormones in your body. Using PocketPills to fill your NuvaRing prescription will ensure that you always have a new ring ready when it’s time for it to be replaced.
NuvaRing is a convenient and effective birth control option. Speak to your medical professional if you have questions, or are considering using the ring as your preferred method of birth control. Be sure to speak to one of our pharmacists here at PocketPills to see how we can help you make sure that you always have a supply of your chosen method of birth control when you need it.
Learn more about the alternatives to NuvaRing: