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Published on 10 Jul 2016 | 11 months ago

he birth control ring is a soft, flexible, doughnut-shaped ring about 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter. It is inserted into the vagina where
. The hormones in the ring affect the ovaries and the uterus in order to prevent pregnancy.The
, then remove it and throw it in the bin (not down the toilet) in a special disposal bag. Seven days after removing the ring, you insert a new one for the next 21 days.The ring releases oestrogen and progestogen. This prevents ovulation (release of an egg), makes it difficult for sperm to get to an egg and thins the womb lining, so it’s less likely that an egg will implant there.it doesn’t interrupt sex
it’s easy to put in and remove
you don’t have to think about it every day or each time you have sex
the ring is not affected if you vomit or have diarrhoea
it may help with premenstrual symptoms
period-type bleeding usually becomes lighter, more regular and less painful
it may reduce the risk of cancer of the ovary, uterus and colon
it may reduce the risk of fibroids, ovarian cysts and non-cancerous breast disease
Some of the disadvantages of the vaginal ring include:
it may not be suitable if you don’t feel comfortable inserting or removing it from your vagina
spotting and bleeding while the ring is in your vagina can occur in the first few months
it may cause temporary side effects, such as increased vaginal discharge, headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and mood changes
the ring does not protect against STIs

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