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How Does Etonogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Vaginal Ring Work?

Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring slowly and consistently releases hormones (an estrogen and a progestin), which are absorbed into the bloodstream. Mostly, it prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other minor ways. Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring alters the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. Lastly, etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
 

Etonogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Vaginal Ring Use in Children and Teens

Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not had their first menstrual periods yet.
 

Off-Label Etonogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Vaginal Ring Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
 
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods.
     
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