Vaginal ring

Is a flexible, transparent, plastic ring placed in the vagina and that releases two hormones (estrogen and progestogen). It has to be placed once a month, so after the first demonstration done by your GP or clinician, you will be able to do it yourself.

Who can use it?

It’s required to go through your medical record with your GP or clinician to see if you’re suitable. Factors that may prevent you from using it can be diabetes, overweight, certain medicines among others.

What are the advantages?
  • It doesn’t interrupt sex and it’s easy to put in and remove. This way you don’t have to think about it every day or each time you have sex.
  • It may also reduce the risk of cancer of the ovary, uterus and colon.
What are the disadvantages?
  • It may cause temporary side effects such as increased vaginal discharge, headaches, nausea and mood changes.
  • It may also not feel comfortable inserting or removing it from your vagina.
  • It doesn’t protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) therefore the use of condoms alongside is recommended.
Where can you get it?

Most types of contraception are available for free in the UK through the NHS. Talk to your GP or practice nurse for more information.

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