Even though the ring is easy to use, accidents can happen — you might not change your ring on time, or it may be out of your vagina for too long.
What do I do if I forget to change my birth control ring, or it's out for too long?
If you’re using NuvaRing:
Here’s a handy tool to help you figure out what to do if something goes wrong. If you’ve already had sex in the last 5 days since making a ring mistake, you may want to use emergency contraception.
If you’re using Annovera and you:
Leave the Annovera ring out of your vagina for more than 2 hours at one time
Leave the Annovera ring out of your vagina at different times that add up to more than 2 hours total during the 21 days you’re supposed to have it in
Don’t put the Annovera ring back in your vagina on time after your ring-free week
Wash the ring with soap and water and put it back in as soon as you can. Then use a backup birth control method (like condoms) until the ring has been back in your vagina for 7 days in a row. If you’ve already had sex in the last 5 days since making a ring mistake, you may want to use emergency contraception.
If you leave Annovera in your vagina for more than 21 days, that’s OK. Just take it out for 7 days as soon as you can and restart your normal schedule — after 7 ring-free days, put the ring back in for 21 days, and repeat. You don’t need backup birth control or emergency contraception.