The Birth Control Ring

The birth control ring is a local device made of a soft and flexible material that is inserted in the vagina. The uterus and the ovaries are thus prepared against the appearance of a pregnancy. Progesterone and estrogen are the main ingredients in the birth control ring. The effect consists in the blocking of the ovulation, which means that no egg is released in the uterus. The ring also triggers changes in the uterine lining and the thickening of the cervical mucus.

Insert the birth control ring in the vagina on the first day of your period and let it work for 21 days in a row before removing it. Take it out on the exact day of the week when you inserted it. For the following seven days it will not be used, and the period will appear. On the seventh day insert another ring and continue the cycle. The use of the birth control ring resembles that of other hormonal birth control methods. Yet, you should check the usage instructions carefully so as to be sure that you don’t overlook some detail. Mention must be made that the birth control ring is not efficient for the first seven days after the start of the treatment.

During this interval, the birth control ring needs to be used in parallel with some other birth control method: condom, most of the time. It is important to know that the ring will not protect you against sexually transmitted disease. You may wonder about the physical comfort, but this should not be a problem. You can tell in which position it seems more comfortable. Just as it happens with vaginal tampons, you should not even be aware of it. There is no need to remove it when bathing or swimming.

In terms of efficiency, the birth control ring acts similarly with the combined pills. Yet, you may not be able to use it if you suffer from certain health conditions. Only a doctor can determine whether the birth control ring makes a good choice for you or not. There are fewer side effects than with the use of hormonal pills, but they can be aggravated for smokers and girls with a certain medical history. Mood changes, spotting, headaches and dizziness are a few of the regular reactions to the use of the the birth control ring. Normally, the inconvenience is temporary and corresponds to the transition period.

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