What is the contraceptive ring?
The contraceptive ring is a small, flexible plastic ring which is usually self-inserted into the vagina.
How long does the ring last?
Once inserted, the ring can be left in the vagina for 3 weeks. It is then removed for a week to allow for a menstrual period.
One week after you have removed your ring, you insert a new contraceptive ring.
How does the ring work?
The ring works by releasing hormones similar to those found in the combined contraceptive pill. The hormones are released directly into the blood vessels in the vaginal wall. The hormones in the ring prevent the release of the egg from the ovary.
The contraceptive ring is self-inserted and removed. When properly inserted in the vagina, it shouldn't be felt nor should it interfere with having sex.
Return to pre-existing fertility is likely to occur within the first cycle after ceasing to use the ring. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you may have about the ring.
The information provided on this website about medicines is taken from the relevant Product Information/Consumer Medicine Information leaflets. Please see your doctor or pharmacist for more information on individual options.