Generic Name: Etonogestrel and Ethinyl estradiol

NuvaRing is a prescription contraceptive for women comes in a form of a vaginal ring that is used for preventing pregnancy. It works by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and lining of the uterus. NuvaRing is very similar to oral contraceptives or birth control pills, except it are a flexible ring that is inserted vaginally once a month.

NuvaRing has the active ingredient of etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring which is a flexible vaginal ring used for contraception. It contains etonogestrel which is a progestin and ethinyl estradiol which is an estrogen, which are released slowly over time. NuvaRing is used for preventing pregnancy. It is similar to oral contraceptives but comes in the form of a flexible ring that is inserted vaginally once a month. It works by stopping ovulation and altering the lining of the uterus and cervical mucus. Healthcare providers may also sometimes recommend the other NuvaRing uses, such as for the treatment of painful, irregular, or heavy menstrual periods.

How to Use NuvaRing Contraceptive Ring

  • NuvaRing comes as a small, flexible ring. It is inserted into the vagina once a month.
  • NuvaRing 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 NuvaRing is in the vagina. However, if you feel discomfort, it was probably not inserted far enough. Most women do not feel it after insertion
  • Dispose of the ring in the foil pouch, out of reach of pets and children. Do not flush the NuvaRing.
  • NuvaRing can be used along with tampons, although you should be aware that tampon removal can also remove the ring.

Cautions before use NuvaRing Contraceptive Ring

  • NuvaRing may also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer.
  • Hormonal contraceptives like NuvaRing may make gallbladder disease worse.
  • NuvaRing may increase blood sugar, particularly in women with diabetes.
  • Combined oral contraceptives like NuvaRing increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks.
  • NuvaRing may increase the risk of benign or noncancerous liver tumors.
  • NuvaRing can increase your blood pressure.

NuvaRing Contraceptive Ring Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of NuvaRing are as follows:

  • Vaginal irritation or infection
  • Headaches
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Vaginal secretions
  • Sinus infection
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Signs of a blood clot in the leg
  • Signs of a blood clot in the lung
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be signs of a heart attack
  • Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
  • Signs of a stroke

NuvaRing Contraceptive Ring Interactions and Overdose

When certain medications, such as barbiturates, protease inhibitors, or modafinil, are taken while using NuvaRing, negative reactions may occur. These can reduce the effectiveness of NuvaRing and increase your risk of pregnancy, but you may also develop certain side effects. Other medicines that may lead to drug interactions with NuvaRing include cyclosporine, rifamycin antibiotics, aprepitant, and certain seizure medications.

Women are not likely to use more than one NuvaRing, and children are not likely to accidentally consume NuvaRing. Overdose treatment may involve medical supportive care.


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