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Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring - Vaginal Ring Birth Control and Effectiveness

  • 4.8   (9 Votes)
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 01 Sep 2018 - Written by Dr. Sandhya - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

Nuvaring or vaginal ring is one of the latest birth control methods to prevent occurrence of pregnancy. Vaginal ring effectiveness is worth appreciating. Some side effects of vaginal ring includes vaginal discharge with odor, menstrual cycle changes, abdominal bloating and cramps.

Vaginal Ring, Nuvaring or Pussy ring is a ring, which a woman can wear inside her vagina to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It is light on pocket, easy to use and highly effective birth control method. Nuvaring or Vaginal Ring carries hormones, which prevents you from getting pregnant. This is one of the easiest birth control methods you can use to avoid pregnancy. You can keep it secret from your partner as well. It works very well if you use it wisely. Using a Pussy Ring or Nuvaring imparts a pleasurable intercourse experience with your partner without any risk of getting pregnant at an unwanted time.

What is A Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring?

Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring is a kind of contraceptive ring, which you can wear inside your vagina to avoid pregnancy. It carries hormones called estrogen and progestin with a similar composition of hormones that your body produces naturally. These hormones stop ovulationWhen there is no egg present in the uterus, fertilization cannot take place. The hormones present in Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring also thickens the cervical mucus.

Vaginal ring

The chemicals present in the vaginal ring also elevate the acidity in your vaginal cavity. Sperms cannot survive in fallopian tubes and prevent pregnancy. The hormones obstruct the ovaries to release eggs into the highly acidic environment and may eventually die.

How Effective Is The Nuvaring?

vaginal ring or Nuvaring or the Pussy Ring has an effectiveness of 99% as a birth control method if used properly at the right time. However, the effectiveness of the vaginal ring may decline if not inserted inside the vagina properly.  Make sure that you insert and remove your Nuvaring at the right time while having sex. Using pussy ring in a right manner and at a right time boosts up its effectiveness.

How To Use Vaginal Ring Or Nuvaring?

  • You must check the expiry date of the vaginal ring on the packaging before using it. You should not use a vaginal ring post expiry dates.
  • Wash your hands with an antiseptic hand wash liquid or clean your hands with a sanitizer to avoid infection. Now you can gently squeeze the sides of the ring and slowly put it inside your vaginal cavity.
  • Take a walk after putting the Pussy Ring inside your vagina. If you cannot feel it inside your vagina then its time for you to check whether it has been inserted at the right position. While removing the ring, you should hook your fingers and insert them inside your vagina to pull the vaginal ring out from your vaginal cavity slowly.

How to put vaginal ring inside vagina

  • Vaginal ring may contain hormones and may spread infections if not disposed off properly. Dispose off the used Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring safely by wrapping it with an aluminum foil before putting it in the dustbin.

How Is Safe The Nuvaring or Estrogen Ring?

Nuvaring or Vaginal ring is a quite safe birth control methodHowever, it can cause injuries if not inserted or removed in a right manner. It is not safe to use Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring if you are above 35 and smoke excessively. Do not use Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring if you have or had health-related issues like blood clots, breast cancer, heart attack, migraine, liver disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. You can have positive results from Vaginal Ring if you use them properly. However, consult your doctor immediately if you feel sudden jaw pain or back pain, nausea and trouble breathing after inserting it inside your vagina. If you experience severe pain, yellowish skin or hot flashes after inserting the ring, consult your doctor at the earliest.

Side Effects of Vaginal Ring or Nuvaring

Although Nuvaring comes with a lot of benefits, it is not completely free of any health hazards. Some of the side effects of Nuvaring are

  • Vaginal infections and irritation.
  • Vaginal Discharge with odor.
  • Changes in menstrual cycle.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and headache.
  • Abdominal bloating and Cramps.

Abdominal bloating and Cramps

  • Appetite change.
  • Tender or swollen breast.
  • Fatigue.
  • Growth of freckles on skin.
  • Alopecia (Male pattern hair loss).
  • Increased body hair growth.

Hope this article has been able to resolve your queries or birth control vaginal ring or Nuvaring. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatment.

Dr. Sandhya

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Obstetrician, Gynecologist

Dr. Sandhya is a Gynecologist and Obstetrician in Pune. She has been working in the field of Gynecology and Obstetrics for more than two decades. Dr. Sandhya is currently endeavoring her practice at Chintamani Hospital, Pune. Dr. Sandhya has expertise Normal and Cesarean Delivery, Pre and Post Delivery Care, Early Pregnancy Care, general consultations and other Gynecology problems treatment. She has done her MBBS and DGO from recognized universities. Patients from all around Saswad come to Dr. Sandhya with lots of hopes and the doctor ensures that the patients are satisfied with the treatments and procedures. Chintamani Hospital is one of the renowned hospitals in Pune for Gynecology and Obstetrics care. It has a team of well-trained medical staff, non-medical staff and experienced clinical technicians who work round-the-clock to provide healthcare services to the patients. It has an efficient team of doctors on board, including specialists and is equipped with the knowledge and expertise for handling basic to complicated medical cases. You can now book an appointment with Dr. Sandhya at


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Sachita Behl

It looks horrible but has nearly 100% success rate. I hope the time never comes when I have to use it.

Oct. 12, 2018, 1:16 p.m. 5.0


Upasna Deol

I am experiencing heavy cramps because of the usage of the vaginal ring, is it safe to have meftal spas tablet for pain relief?

Oct. 3, 2018, 8:42 p.m. 4.5


Raksha Shah

I used a vaginal ring for once and had heavy abdominal cramps. It doesn't suit me so I use i-pills.

Sept. 3, 2018, 9:40 p.m. 5.0


Pradeep Sahani

I never about this birth control option. Thanks for sharing knowledge!

Aug. 12, 2018, 9:02 a.m. 5.0


Meenakshi Dutta

It's really effective and cheap. Nuvaring are easily available in medicine shops or in a supermarket. Every woman should try this as birth controls pills are costly and require the regular and timely intake.

Jan. 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. 5.0


Hans Bavshi

The vaginal ring looks very difficult to use, does it really work??

Nov. 20, 2017, 10:30 a.m. 4.5


Parasmani Thiruvengadathan

I have gotten almost every side effect and there are more than what are listed. I don't like using it but I can't remember to take anything on a daily basis and I won't get anything else that a doctor has to put in or take out!

Oct. 31, 2017, 2:45 a.m. 5.0


Dorothy Perks

I would like to share some more facts about vaginal ring or estrogen ring. The vaginal estrogen ring and the vaginal estrogen tablet discharge about 1/10th of estrogen into the circulatory system contrasted with taking estrogen-substitute drugs by mouth or skin fix. However, I have heard that vag...

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:54 p.m. 4.5


Anandi Sehgal

While putting vaginal ring inside, make sure that you do not hurt your vaginal cavity. Any scratch or even smallest of injury can irritate you with the vaginal ring. It's a hormonal ring and you should be very careful with such birth controls.

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:54 p.m. 5.0

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