Frequently asked questions about NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)

Frequently Asked Questions

Before Using NuvaRing:

Who should not use NuvaRing?
What should I tell my health care provider before using NuvaRing?
What are the possible risks and side effects of
NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)?
How effective is NuvaRing?
How should I use NuvaRing?
Will NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) dissolve?
How do I insert and remove NuvaRing?
When can I start using NuvaRing?
What does NuvaRing feel like when it is in?
Will my partner or I feel NuvaRing during intercourse?
Does NuvaRing protect against sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs)?
Do hormonal birth control methods cause cancer?
 

While Using NuvaRing:

What should I do if my NuvaRing comes out of my vagina?
Can NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) get lost
inside of me?
What should I do if I keep NuvaRing in for too long?
What should I do if the ring disconnects?
Can I use a tampon when using NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol
vaginal ring)
?
Can I use vaginal medications when using NuvaRing?
What happens if I miss a period when I'm using
NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)?
What should I know about my period when using NuvaRing?
Can I overdose when using NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)?
Is it all right to use NuvaRing after the expiration date?
 

Storing and disposing of NuvaRing

How do I dispose of NuvaRing?
How should I store NuvaRing?
 

Important Safety Information

  • NuvaRing is also not for women with high blood pressure that medicine can't control; diabetes with kidney, eye, nerve, or blood vessel damage; certain kinds of severe migraine headaches; liver disease or liver tumors; unexplained vaginal bleeding; breast cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones; or if you are or may be pregnant.
  • NuvaRing does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections.
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Prescription NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) is a flexible birth control vaginal ring used to prevent pregnancy.

Important Safety Information

Do not use NuvaRing if you smoke cigarettes and are over age 35. Smoking increases your risk of serious heart and blood vessel problems from combination hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) including heart attack, blood clots, or stroke which can be fatal. This risk increases with age and the number of cigarettes smoked.

  • The use of a CHC, like NuvaRing, is associated with increased risks of several serious side effects, including blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. NuvaRing is not for women with a history of these conditions or any condition that makes your blood more likely to clot. The risk of getting blood clots may be greater with the type of progestin in NuvaRing than with some other progestins in certain low-dose birth control pills. The risk of blood clots is highest when you first start using CHCs and when you restart the same or different CHC after not using it for a month or more.
  • NuvaRing is also not for women with high blood pressure that medicine can't control; diabetes with kidney, eye, nerve, or blood vessel damage; certain kinds of severe migraine headaches; liver disease or liver tumors; unexplained vaginal bleeding; breast cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones; or if you are or may be pregnant.
  • NuvaRing does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • The most common side effects reported by users of NuvaRing are irritation inside your vagina or on your cervix; headache (including migraine); mood changes (including depression); the ring slipping out or causing discomfort; nausea and vomiting; vaginal discharge; weight gain; vaginal discomfort; breast pain, discomfort, or tenderness; painful menstrual periods; abdominal pain; acne; and less sexual desire.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the accompanying Patient Information for NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring), including the information about the increased risk of serious cardiovascular side effects, especially in women who smoke, and discuss it with your health care provider. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.