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Progesterone/Estrogen Vaginal Ring

The etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring (NuvaRing®) is a prescription medication used to prevent pregnancy. It works like combined oral contraceptives (birth control pills that contain both an estrogen and a progesterone); however, instead of coming in the form of pills, it comes in the form of a flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina.
 
There is only one standard dose for this medication: a new ring is inserted once a month, left in place for three weeks, and then removed for a ring-free week, during which you will have your period. Most women are able to use it without any problems, but side effects, such as headaches and vaginal irritation, are possible. This product is sometimes prescribed "off-label" for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding and painful or irregular menstrual periods.
 
(To learn more, including how it works and what to do if the ring comes out, click Etonogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Vaginal Ring.)
 

Progesterone/Estrogen Vaginal Ring

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