The vaginal ring is small, soft plastic ring that you place inside your vagina. It’s about 4mm thick and 5.5cm in diameter and contains two hormones – estrogen and progestogen.
For more information on vaginal ring, please download this leaflet.
The vaginal ring can make periods more regular, lighter and less painful. It may also help with premenstrual symptoms.
To work effectively you have to take the old ring out and put a new one in every month.
Once inserted, you leave the vaginal ring in your vagina for 21 days. You then remove it and throw it in the bin (not down the toilet). Seven days after removing the ring, you insert a new one for the next 21 days.
You can start using the vaginal ring at any time during your menstrual cycle. If you want to avoid bleeding during your periods, you can leave in the ring for 28 days and immediately replace it with a new one.
You can get the vaginal ring from a Spectrum sexual health clinic or some GPs – please contact your registered practice.
To discuss your contraception options please visit our find a clinic page to make an appointment at your local clinic.
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