WHEN and HOW?
You can start using the contraceptive ring at any time during your menstrual cycle if you're not pregnant. The standard way to use the ring is you leave it in for 3 weeks (21 days), then remove it and have a 7-day ring-free break. The vaginal ring has an efficacy of 93% with typical use.
How to use the contraceptive ring?
The ring sits up against your vaginal wall so putting it in is just the same as using a tampon, but because of its shape you might find it a little tricky, but most users swear by the pinch it and twist technique.
- Start by washing your hands then squeeze the ring between your finger and thumb.
- Push it up inside you until it’s sitting up against the side of your vaginal wall. Once it’s in, make sure you’re comfortable with its position.
- You don’t even need to take it out for sex. Leave it there for 3 weeks then remove, and a week later replace with a new one.
Your menstrual period should start during this ring-free week. If the ring falls out and stays out for more than 3 hours, replace it but use another method of contraception, like a condom, until the ring has been in place for 7 days in a row. Make sure you read the directions and talk to your healthcare provider about what to do.