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NuvaRing, the Birth Control Vaginal Ring, as a Form of Birth Control - Planned Parenthood

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Uploaded on Feb 16, 2010

The birth control vaginal ring, more commonly called NuvaRing, is a small flexible ring that contains hormones. A woman inserts the NuvaRing into her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. The NuvaRing is left in place for three (3) weeks and taken out for the remaining week each month.

This form of contraception does not prevent against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), so please use a condom in addition to the NuvaRing if this is a concern for you and your partner.

Like other prescription medications, NuvaRing may have some side effects. To find out if NuvaRing, the birth control vaginal ring, is right for you, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal... or our website at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal...

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"WHAT IS NUVARING, THE BIRTH CONTROL VAGINAL RING?" - PLANNED PARENTHOOD
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Are you someone who has a hard time remembering to take a pill every day? If you want really effective birth control that you only have to think about once a month, NuvaRing is one of the options you may want to try. It's a small, flexible ring a woman inserts into her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. I know what you're thinking -- how does this little ring keep you from getting pregnant? Well, it's got hormones in it. They're absorbed into the vagina and prevent your body from releasing an egg and thicken the mucus of your cervix to make it harder for sperm to enter your uterus. To use the ring, you just fold it in half and gently nudge it into your vagina. Trust me, it's easier than you might think. The ring stays in place for three (3) weeks, and then you take it out for the remaining week of the month. When you remove it, you'll have your period.

The ring is very effective. Fewer than one (1) out of one hundred (100) women will get pregnant each year if they use it correctly. That goes up to about eight (8) out of one hundred (100) women if they don't always use it right. The ring doesn't prevent against sexually transmitted infections, so use a condom if you're concerned about preventing STDs. Like other medications, the ring may have some side effects and it's only available with a prescription. If you're interested in learning more about this method, check out the info on http://www.plannedparenthood.org/?utm.... You can even find the nearest health center to set up an appointment.

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