What are vaginal rings

Vagina rings are one of the latest and easy to use modes of contraception. Many couples stick to vaginal rings as their preferred means of contraception since it is free of the inconvenience caused by most other barrier methods during the act of sex. Moreover, one does not have to remember to take a pill daily as well.

The vaginal ring is a unique “combined” hormonal contraceptive method. It consists of a flexible, transparent, plastic ring which comes to about 2 inches in diameter. It is about four millimeter thick. The ring is supplied with hormones such as estrogen and a progestogen. You can easily insert the vaginal ring all by yourself.

The ring can be left within the vagina for a period of three weeks. During this period, a low dose of pregnancy preventive hormones get released steadily. These hormones will see to it that mature eggs are prevented from being released. Without ovulation, pregnancy is out of question.

After the definite period of three weeks, the ring has to be removed. It is during the ring-free week that you get your menstrual periods.  After having your menstrual flow, a fresh ring should be inserted for the next three weeks and the process continues.

It is important that the instructions are strictly followed while using the rings. The ring is found to be effective in providing reliable and high degree of protection against pregnancy. However, some women are found to experience certain problems while using the ring. These include vaginal discharge, vaginitis and irritation, nausea, tenderness within the breasts etc.

Spotting in between the periods is also common in women who use vaginal rings as their mode of contraception. In case of such irregularities, it is advisable to consult a gynecologist. It is better to bring any discomfort caused by the rings under the doctor’s notice. However, vaginal rings do not generally cause serious side-effects.

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