The birth control ring, also known as the NuvaRing, needs to be removed every three weeks, although how quickly you place a new ring will depend on whether you want to have periods while using this form of birth control. This small, flexible ring is inserted into the vagina and left there for three weeks. It contains the hormones progestin and estrogen, which work together to stop ovulation. At the end of three weeks, you will remove the ring by hooking your finger through it and gently pulling it out.
If You Want to Have a Period
If you want to have periods while using the NuvaRing, leave it out for seven days. After the seven days, you will then place a new NuvaRing in for another three weeks. If you’re still bleeding at the end of the seven-day period, you should still place your new NuvaRing in according to the schedule. You can safely use pads and tampons while using a NuvaRing, but you shouldn’t use a menstrual cup.
When removing and replacing the NuvaRing, make sure to do so on the same day of the week. For example, if you remove your NuvaRing on a Sunday and leave it out for a week, you should place the new ring in on the following Sunday.
If You Want to Skip Your Period
If you don’t want to have periods, you can place a new NuvaRing as soon as you remove the old one. Just make sure you have a ring in every day throughout the month. You can leave the NuvaRing in for 28 days if you’re skipping your period. Some women experience spotting or breakthrough bleeding during the first six months of use, which is normal.
The NuvaRing is designed to be worn all the time, so leave it in unless it’s time to remove it and replace it. You can safely wear the NuvaRing during sex, exercise, and other physical activities.