Once the nuvaring is placed in the vagina, it continuously releases a low dose of progestin and estrogen which helps prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, fertilization and implantation. Nuvaring has been proven to be 98% effective, just like a birth control pill – just that you don’t have to think about taking it every day.

In the four-week cycle, the nuvaring must be inserted in the vagina and be removed after three weeks (21 days). A new ring must be inserted one week, i.e. 7 days later. Many women feel it’s tricky to place the ring or to remove it, however, they are pretty easy to use. It doesn’t come with a specific position for it to work, in fact many don’t even feel that the ring in its place after insertion.

First, consider your position for inserting the vaginal ring. You can consider whatever position that feels comfortable to you- like laying down, squatting, or standing with one leg bent up.

  1. Open the pouch to remove the nuvaring (Each product is contained in a re-sealable pack.)
  2. Wash your hands and dry them before removing the ring from the foil pack.
  3. Open the foil pouch at the notch near the top
  4. Keep the pouch with you as you can use it to put the used Nuvaring in it before you throw it away in trash
  • Hold the ring between the thumb and index finger and press the sides of the ring together
  • Insert the folded vaginal ring into the vagina and gently push it further upwards where you finger can reach.
  • When you insert the ring in the vagina, it may be positioned in different ways. However, nuvaring doesn’t have to in a specific position to work.
  • The ring may move slightly within the vagina, but that is normal.

Note- if the vaginal ring feels un-comfortable you may have not pushed it far enough. Just push the ring as far as your finger can reach. Do not fear of pushing it too far up or getting it lost inside.

The side-effects are similar to the pill’s like – nausea, dizziness, rashes, headaches and muscle ache etc.