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Contraceptive Ring

Contraceptive Ring (Vaginal Ring) Information and Instructions

The vaginal ring is a form of hormonal contraception which works in a similar way to the combined contraceptive pill. It releases a daily dose of two hormones, which are artificial versions of oestrogen and progestogen. They work to prevent pregnancy in three different ways and have a success rate of almost 100%.

The contraceptive ring is inserted into the vagina once a month, which makes it a good option for women who do not want to take a pill every day. Inserting and removing the ring is relatively easy and it will help to regulate periods as well as protecting you against conception.

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How does it work?

The contraceptive ring works in three ways to prevent pregnancy. The oestrogen it contains prevents the process of ovulation so that no egg is released from the ovaries, while the progestogen thickens the cervical mucus to stop the sperm from entering. In addition, it thins the lining of the womb so that in the unlikely event that an egg were fertilised, it would be unable to attach and grow.

How do you use it?

Each ring will be individually packaged and the most effective way of using it is to insert it on the first day of your period. If you start using it at a different point in your cycle, you will not be completely protected against pregnancy until it has been inserted for seven days.

In order to insert it, you should squeeze it between your thumb and index finger so that the shape is vertical rather than circular to insert it into the vagina. Once it has been inserted for 21 days, you should remove it and wait seven days before using a new one. During the seven day break you will experience withdrawal bleeding, which is similar to a period but should be less heavy and painful.

Who can use the contraceptive ring?

Most women between the ages of 18 and 35 will be able to use the vaginal ring as an effective form of contraception, although it is not usually prescribed to women who smoke or are overweight.

Certain medical conditions may also mean you cannot use this form of hormonal contraception. These include migraines and circulation or heart conditions (including a history blood clots, stroke or heart attack). Some medications may also react badly with the active ingredients in it so it's important to mention them during your medical consultation.

What are the side effects?

As with all prescription medication, there is some risk of side effects. These symptoms are usually rare and last only until the body has adjusted to the hormones. They include abdominal pain, genital itching, mood swings, headaches, breast tenderness and nausea. In rare cases the device may dislodge and fall out of the vagina, but it can quickly be reinserted without compromising its effectiveness.

Where can you buy the contraceptive ring?

You can buy this online from 121doc. By completing an online medical consultation you can avoid attending a physical clinic but still ensure the medication is right for you.

After your consultation is complete, a doctor will issue a prescription for the medication once we are satisfied it is the safest and most effective method for you. Your order will be delivered using a free next day delivery service.

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