The birth control ring, more commonly known as the NuvaRing, is a small ring made of soft plastic that a woman places inside her vagina to prevent pregnancy. It has the same mechanism of action as birth control pills. It releases a steady dose of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) into the female body, and those hormones prevent the release of an egg from the ovaries.
To prevent pregnancy, the birth control ring and the hormones it releases also thicken the cervical mucus so that sperm find it hard to swim from the cervix to the uterus and to the fallopian tube. The hormones also cause the thinning of the uterus lining to make it impossible for the fertilized egg to implant itself in the extremely rare event of an egg getting fertilized while on these hormones.
The birth control ring is very effective — when used as instructed it offers 99% protection for up to a month.
One of the biggest advantages of a birth control ring is that women can insert it at home without going to their healthcare provider. The ring is easy to insert into the vagina. Simply wash your hands and hold the ring between your thumb and finger. Squeeze a little bit and insert the narrow part of the device into the vagina, where it will resume its round shape. The ring stays in the vagina for 3 weeks, after which you remove it for 7 days. NuvaRing continues to provide protection during those 7 days.
The NuvaRing relieves a woman from the daily hassle of popping a pill, and unlike the IUD and the contraceptive implant, it doesn’t require a trip to the doctor to get it inserted. Platforms like Nurxprovide women easy access to birth control options. Nurx medical providers can help women choose the birth control that best suits them and their health care needs.