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- Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring comes as a small, flexible ring. It is inserted into the vagina once a month.
- Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring is left in place for three weeks, after which it is removed for a ring-free week, during which you will usually have your period.
- It does not matter where exactly etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring is in the vagina. However, if you feel discomfort, it was probably not inserted far enough. Most women do not feel it after insertion.
- Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring cannot get lost inside your body. It is too large to be passed through the cervix.
- Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring can be used along with tampons, although you should be aware that tampon removal can also remove the ring.
- If the ring comes out, in most cases you should simply rinse it with cool or lukewarm water and reinsert it. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception for seven days.
- Dispose of the ring in the foil pouch, out of reach of pets and children. Do not flush the etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.