The birth control ring, also called the NuvaRing, is a simple and easy way to prevent pregnancy. It also offers additional benefits, such as reduced hormonal acne, period regulation, and lighter PMS symptoms. The NuvaRing is a small, flexible ring that you place in your vagina. It stays there for three weeks. At the end of the third week, you remove it for one week. Following that week, you insert a new ring.
One of the main benefits, in comparison to birth control pills, is the convenience of using the NuvaRing. It’s especially appealing to those who have trouble remembering to take a pill every day or don’t want to think about birth control daily. Once it’s in, you don’t have to do anything three weeks, when it’s time to remove it and insert a new ring the following week. It’s also a birth control method that doesn’t interrupt sex. Most women don’t feel it once it’s in, nor do their sexual partners.
The hormones in NuvaRing can also reduce menstrual cramps and regulate your periods. These hormones include etonogestrel, a progestin, and ethinyl estradiol. They mimic the hormones your body produces naturally. You can even use the ring to skip your period altogether by placing a new ring after the initial three-week period, rather than taking it out for a week.
Additional benefits of hormone-based birth control, including the NuvaRing, include reduction or prevention of:
- Breast and ovarian cysts.
- Anemia (iron deficiency).
- Bone thinning.
- Ovarian and endometrial cancers.
- Ectopic pregnancy.
- Uterine, fallopian, and ovarian infections.
The NuvaRing does require a prescription, which you can get from your doctor or other health care provider.