The ring is a hormonal birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.
How is it used?
The ring is a small, flexible ring that is inserted deep in the vagina. The ring stays in the vagina and releases hormones for three weeks, and is removed for the fourth week during your period. A new ring is inserted each month.
How well does it work?
With typical use the ring is 92% effective. If used correctly, consistently and all of the time, the ring can be up to 99.7% effective. The ring does not prevent against any STIs!
Where can someone get it?
It requires a prescription from a medical provider. It’s important to visit with a medical provider to ensure the ring is right for you.
If you are thinking about starting the ring or another birth control method, it’s important to visit with a doctor or come to Teen Clinic. Ask us an anonymous question online or call us to make an appointment for a personalized consult on choosing a birth control method.