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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

The ring is an effective form of combination birth control that's inserted and kept inside the vagina, releasing low doses of hormones over 3 weeks – but prevents pregnancy for a whole month. It's very effective if used correctly and may have fewer side effects since it contains lower doses of hormones.

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  • You only have to remember to replace the ring once a month. Otherwise, you don't have to worry about birth control at all.
  • Periods usually become much shorter and lighter after the first few months of use.
  • You can use the ring continuously (without the break on the 4th week) to get rid of your period altogether.
  • Usually won't get in the way of spontaneity.
  • Pills with estrogen can help clear up acne.
  • Fertility typically returns 2-4 weeks after removing the ring.
  • You'll have to be comfortable with your body since you insert and take the ring out on your own.
  • Some people say their partners can feel the ring when having sex. You can always take the ring out during sex – just remember to put it back in within 3 hours and don't remove it more than once every 24 hours.
  • If the ring is out of your body for more than 3 hours, use backup contraception.
  • (Low) possibility of accidentally falling out during tampon removal, sex, or just going to the bathroom.
  • Works immediately if taken within the first 24 hours of your period, otherwise you'll have to use backup birth control during the following week.
  • May not be suitable for new moms who are breastfeeding as it contains estrogen which lowers milk production.
  • Does not protect against STDs.
  • May be less effective for women taking Grifulvin V (Griseofulvin), Rifadin (Rifampin), certain HIV medications, certain anti-seizure medicines or St. John's Wort.
  • May cause complications and not be suitable for women who are on prolonged bed rest, who smoke and are 35+, have certain blood-clotting disorders, certain heart conditions, lupus, high blood pressure, serious diabetes, liver disease or complications after an organ transplant. Talk to your doctor about using the ring.
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These are side effects of Ring (All) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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