Birth Control Hormonal Methods (cont.)
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The vaginal ring (NuvaRing) is a new form of birth control. The actual design
of a vaginal ring as birth control was first developed in the 1970s. The vaginal
rings can deliver progesterone or progesterone/estrogen combinations. The
hormones are released slowly and absorbed directly by the reproductive organs.
Preliminary studies show that, like birth control pills, they safely prevent
pregnancy with few side effects. These would be used in the same schedule as
birth control pills, with three weeks of ring usage and one week without to
produce a menstrual period. If the ring comes out on its own and remains out for
more than three hours, you must use another form of birth control until the ring
has been back in place for at least seven days. It is available by prescription.
The vaginal ring does not prevent STDs.
M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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