1. What is NuvaRing?
NuvaRing is a flexible plastic contraceptive device, resembling a ring with a diameter of about 2 inches, which is inserted vaginally and can be self-administered.
2. How does it work?
NuvaRing operates in a manner similar to oral contraceptive pills. It is a combination of etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol, releasing low doses of estrogen and progestin hormones into the bloodstream through the vaginal wall. This hormonal release occurs at a rate of 15 mcg per day for ethinyl estradiol and 120 mcg per day for etonogestrel, effectively preventing pregnancy.
3. How long does it last, and how often does it need to be replaced?
NuvaRing is inserted into the vagina for a continuous three-week period. Afterward, it should be replaced with a new NuvaRing once a month. This entails removing the current ring at the end of the third week and inserting a new one a week later. The fourth week is considered a ring-free week during which withdrawal bleeding typically occurs.
4. What if the ring falls out of the vagina?
If the ring happens to be outside of the vagina for more than three hours, it is advisable to use backup contraception until the ring has been reinserted and has remained in place for seven consecutive days.
5. How much can I expect to pay for NuvaRing at a local pharmacy?
With the use of a coupon, the most common generic NuvaRing is available for approximately $44, representing a discount of about 69% off the average retail price of $142.20.