What If I Take an Overdose?

An overdose is unlikely, for various reasons. Women who take too much of a combined hormonal contraceptive (such as NuvaRing) may experience the following symptoms:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Other menstrual irregularities.
(Click NuvaRing Overdose for more information.)

Storage Methods

You may notice that your pharmacist keeps NuvaRing in the refrigerator. However, you can keep NuvaRing at room temperature for up to four months. If you will not be using it within four months, you should store NuvaRing in the refrigerator until use.
Keep NuvaRing and all other medications out of the reach of children.

What If I Forget to Remove NuvaRing?

If you accidentally leave it in place for up to an additional week (four weeks total), you will still be protected from pregnancy. Simply remove the ring, take your usual one-week, ring-free break, and start a new ring in seven days. If NuvaRing has been in place for more than four weeks, you may not have been adequately protected against pregnancy. You should make sure you are not pregnant, and you must use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms) for seven days after starting a new NuvaRing. A diaphragm should not be used as a backup method of birth control, since the NuvaRing may physically prevent proper placement of the diaphragm.


NuvaRing comes in one strength, releasing 0.120 mg of etonogestrel and 0.015 mg of ethinyl estradiol per day.

Is There a Generic Version of NuvaRing?

Currently, there is no generic version of NuvaRing licensed for sale (see Generic NuvaRing).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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