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Who Can Use a Birth Control Ring?

The birth control ring, also known as NuvaRing, is an effective and simple birth control method that most women can use. This small, flexible ring is inserted into your vagina and left there for three weeks. At the start of the fourth week, you’ll remove the ring and your period will start. Following that week, you’ll insert a new ring and start the cycle over. This safe birth control option is appealing to many women who don’t like the idea of having to take a pill every day.

However, some genetic and medical conditions may make it riskier for you to use a birth control method that contains estrogen, such as the NuvaRing. These conditions include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines with aura
  • Blood clots
  • History of stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Liver or breast cancer

Women who are over age 35 and smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day may not be good candidates for the NuvaRing.

Certain medications and supplements can reduce the effectiveness of the NuvaRing, such as Rifamate, Rifampin, Rifampicin, certain meds used to treat HIV, certain anti-seizure medications, and St. John’s Wort. If you take any of these on an ongoing basis, the NuvaRing may not be a good option for you.

If you are a good candidate, as many women are, you can get a prescription for the NuvaRing from your doctor or health care provider. You may also be able to get a prescription online, depending on where you live. Your provider will go through your health history and any potential risk factors with you to make sure the NuvaRing is a good birth control option for you.

After you receive your prescription, you can either pick up your supply of NuvaRing at your local pharmacy or potentially have them shipped to your home. When used correctly, this method is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

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