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Frequently Asked Questions

How NuvaRing works with your body:

What should I do if my NuvaRing comes out of my vagina?

Can NuvaRing get lost inside of me?

Will NuvaRing dissolve?

Is NuvaRing like a diaphragm?

Using NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)

How should I use NuvaRing?

When can I start using NuvaRing?

How do I insert and remove NuvaRing?

What should I do if I keep NuvaRing in for too long?

Safety considerations of NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)

Who should not use NuvaRing?

What should I tell my health care provider before using NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)?

What are the possible risks and side effects of NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol
vaginal ring)?

Can I overdose when using NuvaRing?

Is it all right to use NuvaRing after the expiration date?

Does NuvaRing protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

Do hormonal birth control methods cause cancer?

Storing and disposing of NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)

How do I dispose of NuvaRing? (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)

How should I store NuvaRing?

How NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) feels

What does NuvaRing feel like when it is in?

Will my partner or I feel NuvaRing during intercourse?

Other questions about NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)

What happens if I miss a menstrual period when I’m using NuvaRing?

Can I use a tampon when using NuvaRing?

What should I do if the ring disconnects?

Can I use vaginal medications when using NuvaRing?

How effective is NuvaRing?

What should I know about my period when using NuvaRing?

NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) is a flexible birth control vaginal ring used to prevent pregnancy. Available by prescription only.

Do not use NuvaRing (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) 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 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 is also available.