Etonogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Vaginal Ring
Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring is a hormonal birth control method. By stopping ovulation and altering the lining of the uterus and cervical mucus, it can help prevent pregnancy. The contraceptive is inserted vaginally once a month and left in place for three weeks, and then removed for a one-week ring-free period. Potential side effects of etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring include nausea, headache, and vaginal secretion.
Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring (NuvaRing®) is a flexible vaginal ring used for contraception. It contains etonogestrel (a progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen), which are released slowly over time.
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As with any medicine, side effects are possible with etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring include, but are not limited to:
- Vaginal infections or irritation
- Vaginal secretion
- Weight gain (see NuvaRing and Weight Gain)
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