NuvaRing Dangers

NuvaRing® (etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring) is a prescription vaginal ring used for preventing pregnancy. Although most women respond well to this method of birth control, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about the potential dangers of NuvaRing before you start using the contraceptive.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with NuvaRing. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this contraceptive during clinical trials include vaginal irritation or infection, headaches, weight gain, and nausea. In most cases, side effects are minor and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
Other potential dangers with NuvaRing usage include the increased risk of blood clots, heart attacks, breast or cervical cancer, strokes, and benign liver tumors. Due to these potential problems, NuvaRing may not be the best choice for women who have liver disease, heart disease, a blood clotting disorder, or very high blood pressure.
(Click NuvaRing Side Effects and NuvaRing Warnings and Precautions for more information about potential NuvaRing dangers, to learn about other side effects associated with this contraceptive, and to find out more about who should avoid using this form of birth control.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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