What is Contraceptive Ring?
The Contraceptive ring is a small, soft plastic ring which is placed inside the female vagina to prevent pregnancy. It looks more like an elastic band which, after insertion, releases hormones to prevent pregnancy.
Hormones released by the Ring are oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones are allowed to enter the bloodstream which stops ovaries from releasing eggs.
How does the Contraceptive Ring Works?
As informed above, the contraceptive ring releases 2 hormones namely oestrogen and progestogen into the bloodstream. These hormones make the Ovary incapable of releasing eggs which in turn prevents unwanted pregnancy.
It creates difficulty for the sperm to travel through the cervix by thickening the cervical mucus. Also, a fertilised egg cannot implant itself as the inner lining of the womb thins.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to use the Contraceptive Ring?
To insert the ring,
- pinch the ring with your thumb and the index finger. Make sure your hands are well sanitized before inserting the ring.
- Now, push the ring inside your vagina. The ring should be placed near the vaginal wall.
Make sure you are comfortable with its position because it should not be removed even while you are having sex.
How often should you change your Contraceptive Ring?
Once inserted in the vagina, the ring should be left untouched for 3 weeks. After 3 weeks remove the ring safely with your clean hands. After one week, insert a new Contraceptive ring. Your periods should start within this 1 week where there is no ring inside your vagina.
If the ring falls out of the vagina and is left unnoticed for more than 3 hours then make sure to replace it or try some other contraceptive method like IUD or Pills.
What are the side effect of vaginal Contraceptive Ring?
Side effects of a contraceptive ring includes
- Mild Dizziness
- Breast tenderness
- Change of appetite
- Minor gain in weight