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It’s easy to start using NuvaRing. Just put the ring into your vagina and you’re all set. It starts working in 7 days — or right away if you insert it in the first 5 days of your cycle.

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When should I start using NuvaRing?

You can start using NuvaRing at any time during your cycle.  

If you start using it during the first 5 days of your period, it will work right away and you won’t need backup birth control. But if you start on any other day of your cycle, it takes 7 days to be protected from pregnancy. So for the first week, use a condom or female condom if you have vaginal sex.

What should I expect after starting the ring?

You may notice some side effects at first, but they usually go away in 2-3 months.

Some people have headaches, nausea, sore breasts, or spotting (light bleeding or brown discharge) between periods after starting the ring. Some people on the ring find they have more vaginal wetness. This all usually clears up after a couple of months.

Using the ring may change your period. It may be more regular, lighter, and shorter. If you use the ring all month long without a 4th-week break, you may have some spotting or irregular bleeding for the first 6 months. After a while, your period may stop completely. This is totally normal.

The changes in periods can sometimes make people worry about being pregnant, but the chance of pregnancy is very low if you’ve been using your ring correctly. Remember, you can always take a pregnancy test just to be sure.

If you still don’t like the way the ring makes you feel after a few months, talk with your nurse or doctor. They may suggest another birth control method. Some people try a few different methods before finding the right one for them.

You can always call your doctor or your local Planned Parenthood health center if you have any concerns while using the ring. They can help with any questions you may have.

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The Ring

  • 91% effective

  • Costs up to $80, but can be $0

  • Prescription required

  • Change it once a month

The ring doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your ring to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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