When and How to Use NuvaRing

General considerations for when and how to use NuvaRing include the following:
  • It comes as a small, flexible ring. It is inserted into the vagina once a month.
  • The ring 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.
  • It cannot get lost inside your body. It is too large to be passed through the cervix.
  • NuvaRing can be used along with tampons, although you should be aware that tampon removal can also remove the ring.
  • If the ring comes out, in most cases you should simply rinse it with cool or lukewarm water and reinsert it. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception for seven days.
  • Dispose of the ring in the foil pouch, out of reach of pets and children. Do not flush the NuvaRing.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard way to dose NuvaRing, regardless of your age, weight, or medical conditions.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click NuvaRing Dosage for more information.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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