The vaginal ring is a combined hormonal method – not suitable for women who can’t take the combined pill.

What is the vaginal ring?

The vaginal ring is small, soft plastic ring that you place inside your vagina. It’s about 4mm thick and 5.5cm in diameter. You leave it in your vagina for 21 days, 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. You leave it in for 21 days, then remove it and have a maximum seven-day ring-free break. You’re protected against pregnancy during the ring-free break. You then put a new ring in for another 21 days.

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.

For more information on vaginal ring, please download this leaflet.

To discuss your contraception options please visit our find a clinic page to make an appointment at your local clinic.

REMEMBER: Condoms are the only contraception method to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms can protect you from STI’s such as syphilis and gonorrhoea, both of which have increased in the last couple of years.