Birth Control Ring

 

What is it?

The birth control ring (AKA the vaginal ring, or the ring) is a reversible type of birth control that has to be inserted and removed in the vagina once a month. It is a small flexible plastic and prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones. It also stops sperm from joining with an egg (AKA fertilization). 

 

Does it prevent STIs?

No. While the ring is an effective way to prevent pregnancy, it doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Using condoms or internal condoms and combining these with the ring is a great way to prevent diseases and pregnancy at the same time.

 

What types of birth control rings exist?

There are 2 kinds of birth control rings: NuvaRing and Annovera.

 

How do you use the NuvaRing birth control ring? 

  1. To insert a ring, first fold it in half. 

  2. Then insert it into the vagina so it sits up by the cervix. The ring is left in place for 3 weeks.

  3. After the 3rd week is done, remove it for 1 week. That 1 week is when you will have your period. 

  4. When that week is done, you insert a new ring into the vagina. 

  5. Remember that in order for the ring to work correctly, it is very important to change it on the correct days. So write a reminder in your calendar.

 

If someone misses putting in a new ring or puts it in late, they should use a backup method like a condom or use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. 

How do you use the Annovera birth control ring? 

  1. To insert a ring, first fold it in half. 

  2. Then insert it into the vagina so it sits up by the cervix. The ring is left in place for 3 weeks.

  3. After the 3rd week is done, remove it for 1 week. That 1 week is when you will have your period. 

  4. When that week is done, you put the same ring back into the vagina. 

  5. Remember that in order for the ring to work correctly, it is very important to put the ring back in after 7 days and change to a new ring after 13 cycles (which is a year!). So write a reminder in your calendar. There’s also an app. 

If someone misses putting in a new ring or puts it in late, they should use a backup method like a condom or use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. 

 
 

Is it right for you?

Many people find it to be a great method! They like that they can do the insertion by themselves and that they keep on menstruating every month. Another benefit of the ring is that if someone wants to stop using it, they can remove it by themselves – without the assistance of a health provider.

 

Talking with a health provider is a great place to start. It can also be helpful to talk with friends or trusted adults in your life. Everyone is different, what works best for one person might not be what works best for you.

Where do you get it?

 

If you are in Pueblo, Colorado, contact the Family Planning Clinic from Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

 

English: Call (719) 583-4380. Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Español: Llama (719) 583-4376. Lunes a viernes 8:00 AM a 4:30 PM. 

If you are somewhere else in the United States you can find other resources here.