What Are the Side Effects of a Vaginal Ring?

Vaginal Ring

Vaginal Rings are soft plastic rings that contain the hormones progesterone and oestrogen. The ring is placed inside the vagina, like a tampon. The ring absorbs in your body, releasing these hormones that prevent pregnancy. They do this by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg so sperm can fertilise it. The ring thickens fluid surrounding your cervix, the opening of your womb. This makes it more difficult for sperm to enter. The ring can prevent pregnancy 96%-98% when used correctly.
It is possible to start wearing a vaginal band at any point in your cycle. It will protect you immediately against pregnancy. You can leave it in for as long as 21 days (3 weeks), but first you must take a break of a full week without wearing the ring. During the ring-free period, you can use additional contraception to prevent pregnancy.

You can easily insert and remove the ring, and do so in privacy. Ask your doctor about a latex-free version if you are allergic to it. If you are busy or do not like taking pills every day, a ring may be the best option for you. The ring is also less likely than other hormonal birth control methods to cause side-effects.

Can a Vaginal Ring cause adverse reactions?

Most people are able to use vaginal rings without any side effects, but some women may experience them. Some of the most common symptoms are:
The side effects of the medication are usually not severe and go away by themselves. However, if you experience any serious symptoms or they don’t go away, consult your doctor or nurse.
Women who wear a vaginal band should be aware of the increased risk they face for developing bacterial or yeast infections. The change in hormones may cause the pH of your vaginal fluid to increase, making it easier for bacteria to grow. Keep the ring clean, especially when you have heavy periods.

The use of vaginal rings for a long time increases the risk of blood clots (deep veins thrombosis) in your legs and arms. This is usually due to a long flight, or a heavy period. It’s important to walk and get some exercise during a flight and when you have a period. Anti-clotting medications (anti-coagulants), can help reduce the risk of blood-clots.

You can also buy a private ring. To find out more, you should contact your local contraception provider or GP. You will be required to sign a consent form whether you purchase your ring privately, or through a service.

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