The NuvaRing® is a contraceptive device that is placed inside the vagina. The ring contains hormones that help prevent pregnancy. For many women, NuvaRing offers a convenient option for birth control. The device works by using the same hormones that are in many other types of contraceptives, but it only needs to be inserted once every three weeks. At FEM Women’s Wellness, we offer NuvaRing birth control as one of our pregnancy prevention options at our clinic in the Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV, area.
The NuvaRing is a prescription contraceptive that is very effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. The device is a flexible ring that is about two inches in diameter. The ring is inserted by the patient into the vagina – the exact position is not important – and left inside for three weeks. The device is inserted on the first day of the menstrual cycle, then removed three weeks later. The following week is when periods occur, then a week later, a new ring is inserted.
Benefits of NuvaRing
There are many reasons women choose NuvaRing over other birth control options. It works the same as most hormonal contraceptives – it stops ovulation and thickens the mucus on the cervix to stop sperm from continuing on to the fallopian tubes. The specific benefits of NuvaRing include:
- No daily pill to take or weekly patch to apply
- The contraceptive effects last up to 5 weeks for each device
- NuvaRing uses very low hormone doses for fewer side effects
- NuvaRing can be used to combat heavy or irregular menstrual periods
- Helps to prevent acne, menstrual cramps, PID, ovarian cysts and certain cancers
For women who have difficulty remembering to take oral birth control or have painful or irregular periods, NuvaRing can be a beneficial type of birth control. Many women have fewer side effects with this device, and when they are ready to become pregnant, they can simply remove the vaginal ring.
If you are interested in exploring NuvaRing birth control and other options for preventing pregnancy, come see us at FEM Women’s Wellness. Contact our clinic in the Carson City, Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV, area to schedule your birth control consultation visit.