The ring is a flexible plastic ring which is placed in the vagina. It contains two hormones – oestrogen and progestogen – just like the the combined pill – but instead of swallowing a pill, you insert the plastic ring into the vagina. It is over 99% effective, as long as you use it as advised. Women usually get a regular period, but you can control your periods, choosing to miss a period if you want to. Some people can’t use the ring because of health concerns.
How does the ring work?
Hormones are contained within the ring and are absorbed through the vaginal walls.
These hormones work in three ways:
Stopping ovulation. Ovulation is when you ovaries release an egg each month.
For most women, the benefits of the ring far outweigh the risks. We will ask you some questions to make sure it is safe for you. The ring can slightly increase your risk of a thrombosis (blood clot). Research suggests there is a small increase in your risk of breast and cervical cancer.
You can’t currently get the ring from Unity sexual health or its partner organisations. You are welcome to come and talk to us about it. Your GP may be able to prescribe it, if they feel it is the best method for you.
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