Vaginal Ring

What Are the Side Effects of a Vaginal Ring?

A Vaginal Ring is a soft plastic ring that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. It is worn inside the vagina (like a tampon). The ring absorbs into your body and releases these hormones into your vagina, which prevent pregnancy by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg for sperm to fertilise it. The ring also thickens the fluid around your cervix (the opening to your womb) to make it harder for sperm to enter. When used correctly the ring is 96%-99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

You can start using a vaginal ring at any time of your menstrual cycle and it will work straight away to protect you against pregnancy. It can be left in for up to 21 days (3 weeks), but you need to take a week-long ring-free break before you put it back in. You can use extra contraception during the ring-free break to ensure you are not getting pregnant.

The ring is easy to insert and remove, and you can insert and remove it in private. If you have latex allergies, ask your doctor if a non-latex version is available. A ring is a great choice if you’re busy or don’t like to remember to take a pill every day. It’s also less likely to cause side effects than other hormonal forms of birth control.

Are there adverse reactions to a Vaginal-Ring?

Almost all people can safely use a vaginal ring, but a small number of women will have some side effects. Some common symptoms include:

These side effects are not serious and will usually go away on their own, but if they are severe or don’t disappear, see your doctor or nurse.

Women who use a vaginal ring should be aware that they are at an increased risk of developing bacterial vaginosis, or yeast infection. This is because the change in hormones can cause your vaginal pH to become higher, which makes it more likely for bacteria to grow. It is important to keep the ring clean to reduce the risk of bacterial vaginosis, especially during times of heavy periods.

Long-term use of a vaginal ring increases your risk of blood clots in the legs and arms (deep vein thrombosis). These are usually caused by a long flight or period, so it is important to get up and walk around during flights and when having a period. Taking anti-clotting medication (anti-coagulants) may help to reduce the risk of blood clots.

It is also possible to buy a ring privately. You should speak to your GP or local contraception provider to find out more. Whether you buy your ring privately or through a service, you will need to sign a consent form.

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