Birth Control Ring - 5 Benefits & 10 Side Effects You Should Be Aware Of

Birth Control Ring

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Are you trying to avoid getting pregnant? If yes, then you must be aware of few birth control measures. One such effective method is birth control ring.

Taking control of your reproductive decisions is the best gift you can give yourself. If you don’t want to get pregnant – whatever may be the reason, you’ll need effective birth control methods.Traditional methods of birth control, like the rhythm method or the pull out method, are not reliable. While using the pill is not everyone’s first choice. So, what can you use?

The newest birth control method making noise these days is the Birth Control Ring or the NuvaRing.

How Does NuvaRing Work?

The birth control ring (the NuvaRing) is a soft, flexible, transparent ring that is about 2 inches in diameter and is less than a quarter of an inch thick.

The ring is inserted into the vagina at the beginning of the cycle. The ring then releases a low dose estrogen and progesterone continuously for the next three weeks. In a way, it works exactly like a birth control pill.

After three weeks, the ring can be removed for a week. This is the time you will get your period. Once the 28-day cycle is complete, you can insert a new ring. While this may sound like pseudoscience, the success rate of the NuvaRing is pretty impressive. According to reports, the birth control ring is 99 percent effective if used correctly. The key words here are regularly and correctly! Use the ring right, and you can leave your pregnancy scares behind.

Benefits Of Birth Control Ring:

There is a reason the NuvaRing has become a rage among women around the world. Here are the benefits of using a birth control ring:

  • As mentioned before, the NuvaRing will work for 99 out of 100 women who use it.
  • One ring and you can be rest assured for a month. For women who tend to forget popping the pill every day, the NuvaRing is a God send!
  • Using the ring does not interfere with one’s sex life.
  • One problem with the pill is that in cases of vomiting or diarrhea, the pill loses its effectiveness. That is not the case with the NuvaRing. A bout of vomiting or diarrhea will not interfere with the ring’s effectiveness.
  • If you suffer from PMS every month, you will do well to try the birth control ring. It is known to relieve premenstrual symptoms like cramping and breast tenderness. Women who experience heavy bleeding too can benefit from the ring. With the ring in place, you are likely to experience light bleeding.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? But are there any side effects of the ring that you should be aware of? Yes, there are!

Side Effects Of Birth Control Ring:

The NuvaRing is a great method of preventing accidental pregnancies. But it does not come without its set of side effects. Here are the major birth control ring side effects:

1. No Protection From STDs:

Unlike condoms, the birth control ring does not provide protection against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). So, to be 100 percent safe, you’ll need to use a condom as well the NuvaRing.

2. Weight Change:

Just like the pill, the birth control ring too can lead to weight gain in some women.

3. Breast Tenderness:

Like other hormonal contraceptives, the NuvaRing can cause breast tenderness and enlargement.

4. Nausea and Vomiting:

Some women can experience nausea or in rare cases, vomiting while on the ring.

5. Mood Swings:

The estrogen and progesterone in the birth control ring can wreck havoc with some women’s mental health. Mood swings, anxiety and depression, are some side effects women can experience while using the NuvaRing.

6. Headaches:

Some women are also likely to experience mild to severe headaches.

7. Spotting:

Another scary, but benign side effect women can experience while using the ring is mid cycle spotting. This kind of bleeding is known as breakthrough bleeding.

8. Vaginal Irritation:

A very small percentage of women are also likely to experience vaginal irritation when using the ring.

9. Chloasma:

The hormones, especially estrogen, in the ring can cause Chloasma in some women. Chloasma leads to darkened areas on the face.

10. Lowered Libido:

Some women have also reported loss of interest in physical intimacy while on the ring.

The side effects mentioned above are mild and cause temporary inconvenience. But there are other side effects that can warrant a trip to the doctor.

Call your doctor immediately if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Sharp pain in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Severe abdominal pain, tenderness, or swelling
  • Swelling in one leg or severe calf or thigh pain
  • Severe headaches of any kind
  • Neurological symptoms like blurred or double vision, temporary loss of vision, flashing lights, or slurred speech

For women, the birth control ring can prove to be a blessing. Without everyday hassles, the NuvaRing birth control is a great way to manage your family size. But remember to talk to your doctor before you start using the ring.

And while on the ring, be mindful of the side effects. But the scarier side effects are rare, so don’t overthink your decision!

What kind of birth control do you prefer using? Have you used NuvaRing? Did you notice any side effects? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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