August 22, 2017

The Ring

A small bendable ring that looks like those jelly bracelets we all loved as kids, but you insert it in your vagina. You put the ring in, wait three weeks, take the ring out, wait one week, and repeat. It works by secreting hormones that prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus.


  • 91% effective!
  • You only need to remember to replace the ring once a month.
  • Doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant after you stop using it.

How to Use It

The patch is pretty simple to use as long as you can remember to replace it once a month. All you do is squish the ring between your thumb and finger and insert it like a tampon. It sits against your vaginal wall—position doesn’t really matter. The ring can be left in during sex, or it can be removed as long as you remember to replace it within three hours (and don’t do it more than once in 24 hours!). Leave the ring in for three weeks, then remove it by hooking the lower edge with your finger and pulling (kinda like removing a tampon). On the fourth week, you don’t do anything—no ring needed. You’ll probably get your period at this time. If you’re still bleeding when it’s time to put a new ring in, that’s fine.

Side Effects

Pros Cons
  • Easy to use—it’s just like putting in a tampon
  • Doesn’t interrupt the heat of the moment
  • Might give you shorter, lighter periods
  • May clear up acne
  • Can reduce menstrual cramps and PMS
  • Offers protection against some nasty health problems, like endometrial and ovarian cancer, iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease


  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased vaginal discharge, irritation, or infection
  • A change in your sex drive