6 Questions and Answers About the Vaginal Ring

The vaginal ring is a birth control method hormonal comfortable and does not interfere in sexual relations. Like the combined pill has an effectiveness of 99%.

About the Vaginal Ring

The vaginal ring is a birth control method combined hormonal. It consists of a ring of flexible, soft and transparent, about 5 inches in diameter that is inserted in the vagina on a monthly basis.

The estrogen and the progestogen are hormones responsible for the effect contracetivo this method.

The vaginal ring is very comfortable since it easily adapts to the contours of the vagina, not interfering in sexual relations.

Such as the pill, has a high efficiency: 99%.

6 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE VAGINAL RING

1. HOW DOES IT WORK?

The estrogen and the progestogen present in this device to act by inhibiting ovulation, or prevent the release of eggs by the ovaries. These hormones are released daily and steadily, entering the circulation through the blood vessels of the vagina.

2. AS IF PUTS?

The vast majority of women says that this device is quite easy to put on and take off. Its effectiveness does not depend on the position, each woman should put it in the location where you feel most comfortable. The placement is similar to that of a tampon absorbent:

  1. Wash your hands well;
  2. Adopt a comfortable position (squatting, sitting…);
  3. Hold the ring between the thumb and forefinger, forming a 8;
  4. Enter gently into the vagina and push with indicator.

If this method is started on the first day of menstruation, it presents effective immediately and is not necessary to use a birth control method additional. On the contrary, if it is placed in another day of the cycle it is recommended to use an additional method for at least 7 days.

After their placement should be kept in the vagina for 3 weeks (21 days), the period at the end of which should be removed. It is recommended that this device be withdrawn on the same day of the week and at approximately the same time. For example, if you have been placed on the 2nd Wednesday at 9 am in the morning, should be withdrawn 3 weeks later, on a 2nd Thursday at around 9 am in the morning.

The new ring should be inserted after a week’s break, again following the same reasoning: to be introduced on the same day of the week and at approximately the same time, and so on. This week, it is normal that occur bleeding (menstruation).

Removing the device is also simple. Should be introduced a finger into the vagina and finding the ring should be pulled gently.

3. THE VAGINAL RING HAS SIDE EFFECTS?

As with any method of hormonal combined, this device can display side effects such as:

  • Tension breast;
  • Nausea;
  • Blood loss scarce and regular basis;
  • Headache;
  • Acne;
  • Change of body weight.

4. AND IF YOU SPEND THE DAY OF PLACEMENT OF THE NEW VAGINAL RING?

In case you have forgotten it is recommended that you start again the method does not forgetting that, not to run the risk of pregnancy, should be used a contracetivo additional during 7 days.

If there were sexual relations, after the oblivion of placing a new o-ring, chances are you have occurred pregnancy. In this case a doctor should be consulted.

5. CAN BE USED BY ANY WOMAN?

This birth control method is not indicated for women who have contraindication to the use of estrogens:

  • Diseases that affect the clotting of the blood;
  • History of heart attack or STROKE;
  • Angina pectoris;
  • Diabetes;
  • Hypertension;
  • Cholesterol high;
  • Migraines;
  • Pancreatitis;
  • Diseases of the liver;
  • Breast cancer;
  • Vaginal bleeding of unknown origin;
  • Allergy to components.

6. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND THE DISADVANTAGES?

Such as the vast majority of contraceptive methods, the vaginal ring has advantages and disadvantages. These pros and cons must be weighed before the woman to choose a birth control method.

Advantages:

  • Easy to use;
  • Practical and comfortable, does not interfere with sexual intercourse;
  • Of monthly usage, there is a smaller probability of forgetting;
  • Is reversible;
  • Helps regulate the menstrual cycle, reduce bleeding during menstruation and decrease the menstrual pain;
  • Its effectiveness is not affected in case of diarrhea or vomiting;
  • Does not lose effectiveness when used simultaneously with antibiotics (amoxicillin and doxycycline).

Disadvantages:

  • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.