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NuvaRing Uses

How Does NuvaRing Work?

NuvaRing slowly and consistently releases hormones (an estrogen and a progestin), which are absorbed into the bloodstream. Mostly, it prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other minor ways. NuvaRing alters the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. Lastly, NuvaRing alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.

NuvaRing Use in Children and Teens

NuvaRing is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not had their first menstrual periods yet.

Off-Label NuvaRing Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend NuvaRing for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label NuvaRing uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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