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What is the NuvaRing?

NuvaRing is a brand of contraceptive ring. This is a ring that is inserted vaginally and worn for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break.

It is a form of hormonal contraception that prevents pregnancy by changing your natural cycle and stopping ovulation.

Just like the combined contraceptive pill, the NuvaRing contains versions of both oestrogen and progesterone.

The ring emits a low dose of these hormones and is generally considered a lower-dose contraceptive (similar to Eloine and Yasmin).

How does it work?

The NuvaRing works to prevent pregnancy by releasing synthetic versions of oestrogen and progesterone called ethinylestradiol and etonogestrel.

These hormones are slowly absorbed into your bloodstream when you wear the ring.

They work to prevent pregnancy by:

  • stopping the release of an egg each month (so there is nothing for a sperm to fertilise)
  • thickening the cervical mucus (to prevent sperm from being able to enter the uterus)
  • thinning the uterus lining (to make it difficult for a fertilised cell to implant in the womb)

You insert the ring vaginally and wear it for 21 days before removing it and taking a 7-day break. During this time you will likely have a light withdrawal bleed.

How do I insert the NuvaRing?

Contraceptive rings are made of plastic and are easy to insert and remove by yourself:

  1. Check that your NuvaRing is within its expiration date
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water
  3. Get into a comfortable position (lying, sitting, one leg up, squatting)
  4. Take the ring out of its sachet and compress it between your thumb and index finger (pressing the opposite sides together)
    Female hand holding NuvaRing
  5. Insert it into your vagina, making sure it is high enough that you can no longer feel it
    Female hand holding NuvaRing
  6. Push the ring up slightly higher if it is uncomfortable
  7. After 3 weeks, remove the ring by hooking your index finger around the firm plastic of the ring
  8. Dispose of the ring in your household waste

Please note: While using a NuvaRing you should avoid other types of female barrier contraception (including diaphragms, cervical caps, and female condoms). The ring may interfere with the correct placement of these birth control methods.

How effective is it?

When used correctly, the NuvaRing is 99% effective at preventing you from becoming pregnant.

It is arguably more reliable than combined contraceptive pills which need to be taken daily and are easier to forget about.

What are the benefits of the NuvaRing?

There are numerous benefits to the NuvaRing as well as preventing pregnancy.

These include:

  • lighter menstrual bleeding
  • less menstrual pain and cramping
  • less premenstrual symptoms (PMS)
  • a more regular cycle
  • fewer side effects (due to lower dose of hormones)

Some lower-dose contraceptives have been noted to cause more irregular bleeding. However, a study Trusted source National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Government Source Biomedical Research and Literature Go to source on the NuvaRing showed irregular bleeding to be very rare - affecting only 2-6% of women’s cycles.

With the NuvaRing you don’t have to worry about taking a pill every day - making it more convenient if you are worried about being forgetful.

What are the possible side effects?

As with any hormonal contraceptives, there is a chance you will experience some side effects. Normally, these will go away as your body adjusts to the new hormones.

Some common side effects include:

Common side effect
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • thrush (yeast infection)
  • breast tenderness
  • lower sex drive
  • acne
  • headaches
  • ring falling out

If the ring falls out, push it back in as soon as possible. You have 3 hours before you are no longer 99% protected against pregnancy.

For a full list of side effects, please read the patient leaflet included in your treatment pack.

If you experience any adverse side effects for a prolonged time, talk to a healthcare professional for advice about possibly changing your contraceptive.

Blood clots

Hormonal contraceptives (including the NuvaRing) can minorly increase your chances of blood clots.

If you have a family history of blood clots or any disorders that could increase your chances of a blood clot, consider using non-hormonal contraception instead.

Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about the possibility of a blood clot developing.

What are the precautions?

Although using a contraceptive ring is perfectly safe for the majority of menstruating women, please check that none of the following apply to you before using one.

The NuvaRing isn’t suitable for women who:

  • have or have had a blood clot, or a disorder affecting blood clotting
  • need an operation
  • have ever had a heart attack or stroke
  • have diabetes or very high blood pressure
  • suffer from migraines with aura
  • have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • have liver disease
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in the NuvaRing

Remember that whilst hormonal contraceptives do protect against pregnancy, they will not protect you against the spread of STIs.

Always use a barrier form of contraception such as a male condom if you are engaging in sex with a new partner.

Can I buy the NuvaRing online?

Yes, you can buy the NuvaRing online here at euroClinix.

Simply fill out a few quick medical questions to complete your online consultation before placing your order with us.

Your answers will then be reviewed by one of our UK doctors to see if you are suitable to start using the NuvaRing.

If approved, your contraceptive will be sent out to you in discreet packaging with free next-day delivery.

If not, your payment will bounce back into your account within a few working days.

Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Anand Abbot MRCGP Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 18-01-2024
NuvaRing information
Product nameNuvaRing
Active ingredient(s)Ethinylestradiol and Etonogestrel
Trustpilot rating4.9/5
Trustpilot reviews30
AvailabilityOut of stock
DescriptionNuvaRing is a combined vaginal contraceptive ring that protects against pregnancy.
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage0.12mg / 0.015mg
ApplicationWomen over 18 years of age
UsageWear ring for 21 days followed by a 7 day break
Drug classCombined vaginal rings
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
When breastfeedingNot recommended
When pregnantNot recommended
NuvaRing reviews
Box of 3 sachets of NuvaRing 0.120 mg/0.015 mg ethinylestradiol/etonogestrel Excellent 4.9 30 patients have reviewed NuvaRing on Trustpilot

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