Dosing Frequency of NuvaRing® (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring)

Talk to Your Health Care Provider

Choosing a birth control method can be a difficult decision. With so many options, how should you decide what’s best for you? Well, it’s not something you should decide alone. Choosing a birth control method should be a joint decision between you and your health care provider.

The questions below may be of use to you when you discuss your birth control options with your health care provider. You may find it helpful to print them out and bring them to your next appointment.

Tell Your Health Care Provider About Yourself
Your Current Birth Control Situation
  • Are you currently using birth control?
  • Are you looking to start using birth control?
  • Do you have special needs you are concerned about?
Your Reasons for Choosing Birth Control Methods
  • Have you tried other forms of birth control in the past?
  • Are you looking for another option for birth control?
  • Would you prefer a non-daily birth control?
Your Previous Birth Control Experience
  • What did you like about your previous birth control experience?
  • What did you dislike about your previous birth control experience?
Questions You May Have About NuvaRing
How to Use NuvaRing
  • When can I start using NuvaRing?
  • How do I insert and remove NuvaRing?
  • Can NuvaRing fall out or get lost inside me?
NuvaRing and Sexual Intercourse
  • Do I need to remove NuvaRing before sexual intercourse?
  • Will my partner or I be able to feel NuvaRing?
How Will NuvaRing Affect Your Body?
  • What are the possible risks and side effects?
NuvaRing and Other Methods of Birth Control
  • What makes NuvaRing different from other types of birth control?
  • Is NuvaRing right for me?
Before You Leave the Office
If you've received a prescription for NuvaRing, practice inserting NuvaRing while at the health care provider's office, or ask for an in-office demonstration. This will help you get all your questions immediately answered by a knowledgeable source.

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; take any Hepatitis C drug combination containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir, as this may increase levels of the liver enzyme “alanine aminotransferase” (ALT) in the blood; 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 or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit 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 also is available.