Vaginal Ring Frequently Asked Questions

frequent questions about vaginal ring

The most frequently asked questions about using a vaginal ring

Vaginal Ring Review: It is known that man is one of the few species that have sex not only for the purpose of reproduction but also for pleasure. The theme of family planning is particularly relevant in the recent decades.

At first glance, the modern methods of contraception are a rich collection of strange gadgets. And what contraceptive you choose depends on your personal preferences, frequency of sexual activity and of course your health.

Despite the many types of modern contraceptive methods, there is no one that can guarantee 100% security and prevention of unwanted pregnancy. Yet most contraceptives provide over 99% protection.

Which is one of the most popular methods of contraception?

Vaginal ring – it is a flexible, colorless silicone ring, rich in progesterone and estrogen, which are released directly into the genitals.

The vaginal ring is used like the oral contraceptive – three weeks, then in the fourth week, it is removed. Even monthly bleeding has not stopped within seven days, is mandatory placing a new ring for optimal protection against pregnancy.

The effectiveness of the method is unquestioned – less than 1% of women become pregnant. The reason for this, on the one hand, is the constant release of hormones in the genitals. Furthermore, the lacks of errors such as forgetting a pill additionally increase its effectiveness. With this method are limited some side effects when taking oral preparations such as nausea, vomiting.

The main disadvantages of vaginal rings are local vaginal irritability and frequent occurrence of headaches. Moreover, during sexual intercourse, it can be slid out, a result of which can be reduced the enjoyment of sex. In general, its side effects are similar to those of the oral preparations.

How to use the vaginal ring

Use vaginal ring as follows:

Squeeze the ring.

Put the ring up inside the vagina. You can insert the ring in a different position, or upright by lifting one leg, lying down or kneeling.

Insert your finger into the vagina and push the ring up and as much as possible inside.

The ring stays in place during sexual intercourse. You can remove the ring during intercourse, but you have to put it back within 3 hours.

To remove the ring, insert your finger into the vagina and hold it. Carefully pull it out.

After 3 weeks of continuous carrying the ring, remove it and throw the ring into the trash bin. Remove the ring on the same day of the week in which you placed (for example, Wednesday).

Over the next 7 days (1 week) do not use the vaginal ring. This week will start to bleed (menstruation). Furthermore, you are protected during this week.

After 7 days (1 week) put a new ring even if you continue to bleed.

Repeat the previous actions.

Reliable contraceptive

Vaginal ring is very reliable if it is used correctly.

Vaginal ring is not reliable or less reliable if:

  • Taking antibiotics or pills to control epilepsy. Consult your doctor or pharmacist;
  • You forget to put the ring after the 7-day break or forget to change it;
  • The vaginal ring falls out and does not replace it with a new ring to 3 hours.
  • Vaginal ring can be used within four months after it was purchased from the pharmacy.

The vaginal ring:

  • Does not harm your health
  • Vaginal ring contains These hormones generally do not endanger your health.

In some cases, it is better to choose another method of contraception. For example, if you smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day and you’re over 35 if you are at high risk of heart disease or vascular disease. Talk to your doctor for advice.

Vaginal ring does not make you less fertile. If you want to get pregnant, just remove the vaginal ring.

In the first months of use may experience side effects such as a headache, vaginal discomfort, and nausea. They usually go away by themselves. Otherwise, consult a doctor.

Your menstrual period often passes easier and less painful.

Vaginal ring may protect against HIV

New types of vaginal rings can be released not only for contraception but combined with antiretroviral drugs in constant concentrations can increase the protection against HIV, says a report published in AIDS.

HIV infection in women is most often due to transmission through sexual contact, the researchers explain. They claim that the vaginal ring can provide protection against both pregnancy and infection.

When not to use a vaginal ring?

The use of a vaginal ring with progestogen and estrogen is contraindicated if you have a history of blood clots in blood vessels; a history of heart attack, stroke, angina pectoris; a migraine; diabetic; pancreatitis associated hyperlipidemia; liver disease; unexplained vaginal bleeding; allergy to progestogen or estrogen.

Can you use tampons while using a vaginal ring?

Place the vaginal ring before inserting a tampon. You should be careful when removing the tampon to make sure that the ring is not removed. If the ring is slid out, simply rinse it with cold to lukewarm water and immediately put it back.

After giving birth?

If you’ve recently given birth, your doctor may advise you to wait until the first regular menstruation before you start using the vaginal ring. Sometimes it can happen sooner than you expect. Your doctor will advise you. If you are breastfeeding and want to use a vaginal ring should first discuss this with your doctor.

Are there any side effects?

Although not everybody gets them, the vaginal ring can cause side-effects, like all medicines. If you get any side effects, especially if both acute or constant, or if something changes in your health that you think may be due to the use of the ring, please consult your doctor.

  • stomach ache;
  • nausea;
  • fungal infections of the vagina;
  • headache, migraine, depression;
  • chest pain;
  • dizziness;
  • bloated stomach;
  • vomiting;
  • pain with urination;
  • frequent urination;
  • pain during intercourse increased blood pressure;
  • changes in menstrual cycle.

Each of the contraceptive methods on the market is tested and safe if it used properly. Please remember that using a combination of latex condom for men and another contraceptive method can prevent acquiring or transmitting sexual diseases. Although certain contraceptive methods have side effects, they can be overcome or alleviated. Some methods, such as pills offer other health benefits.

The key to successful contraception is to make yourself familiar with your contraceptive method.

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