Choosing birth control is a personal decision that includes a number of factors, including any personal histories with particular types of birth control (any side effects you had), your family goals, whether you need help preventing STDs, effectiveness of the method, and potential health benefits.
Of the many types of birth control, one in particular — the vaginal ring — doesn’t get much attention. Despite being 99% effective when used properly, the ring is often overshadowed by intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the ever-popular birth control pill.
However, the ring offers substantial benefits for the right person. Take a moment as Dr. Leroy Charles, expert OB/GYN at Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, explains how the ring works and how to determine whether it’s right for you.
What is the birth control ring?
The birth control ring — brand name NuvaRing® — is a reversible, hormonal contraceptive method that you can get with a doctor’s prescription. Aptly named, the birth control ring is a flexible yet durable ring that sits inside of your vagina.
You insert it on day one of your cycle, leave it in for three weeks, and take it out on the first day of the fourth week. It releases hormones during the first three weeks in order to prevent pregnancy, working much like the pill.
Benefits of the birth control ring
When making your decision about which type of birth control to use, consider the great list of benefits you get from the birth control ring.
When used correctly, the birth control ring has a 99% effectiveness rating. When not used correctly (such as not leaving the ring in place for three weeks at a time), the effectiveness can drop to 91%, which is still pretty high.
Peace of mind
The muscles of your vaginal wall keep the ring in place, so no need to worry about it falling out.
Ease of use
The birth control ring is easy to insert, and you don’t need to have it in an exact position for it to work. Setting reminders on your phone can make it even easier to remember when to take it out and re-insert.
Still get periods
When you take your ring out for the fourth week, you’ll most likely get your period. This is helpful for women who want to have their period to make sure they don’t get pregnant.
Simple and comfortable
You most likely won’t feel the ring once you insert it. If it happens to shift and the new position bothers you, simply reach in and adjust it until it’s comfortable.
The birth control ring is considered a reversible form of contraception, meaning you can get pregnant pretty quickly after you stop using it. This is beneficial for women who don’t want a baby right now, but do want one in the future.
Doesn’t interfere with sex
It’s unlikely that your partner will feel your birth control ring during sex. You can also have sex spontaneously, unlike if you were using a diaphragm or spermicide sponge.
The birth control ring is a safe and effective form of contraception for most women. To learn more about the ring and find out whether it’s right for you, schedule a birth control consultation appointment with Dr. Charles. He can help you make the best decision for your body, your goals, and your lifestyle.
Call Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches at 561-264-2055 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Charles and the team here on the website.