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NuvaRing - Contraceptive ring
  • No daily pill or application to remember
  • Flexible, easy to insert and remove, no interference with sex or tampons
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks


A contraceptive ring, placed inside the vagina. It steadily releases hormones, preventing unwanted pregnancy.

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NuvaRing - Contraceptive ring
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  • No daily pill or application to remember
  • Flexible, easy to insert and remove, no interference with sex or tampons
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

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About NuvaRing

  • How to use NuvaRing

    Most women choose to wear the ring for 3 weeks, then take a 1-week break. Exactly 1 week after the day of removal, insert a new ring. Make a note of the day and time you removed it - try to insert the new one at the same time, on the same day, one week later.

    To insert the ring, press the opposite sides together, making an oval. Push the ring into the vagina until it feels comfortable. Remove the ring by hooking a finger under the ring and pulling it out.

    Nuvaring can also be taken as follows:
    Extended use: 1 ring weekly for 9 weeks then no pills for the next 4 or 7 days.
    Continuous use: 1 ring weekly with no break.

  • How does NuvaRing work?

    NuvaRing is a type of contraceptive vaginal ring. The vaginal ring is a small, flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina for 3 weeks, followed by a 1-week break. In this time it will provide a slow, controlled release of hormones. It does not need to stay in a particular position (as long as it remains in the vagina), and it should allow you to use tampons and have sex without complication.

  • How effective is NuvaRing?

    NuvaRing is approximately 99% effective.

    Its effectiveness is dependent upon correct usage, and on your NuvaRing staying in place. This is one of the main concerns of its users, and as such women should always be aware of its positioning, and check regularly that it has remained in place.

  • What are the side effects of NuvaRing?

    Most women experience no side effects. However, irritation of the skin, discharge, mood swings, irregular bleeding, and breast discomfort have been reported. Rarely, some women develop blood clots. This contraceptive carries a slightly higher risk of blood clots than others. If you have any concerns, send us a message via your Patient Record.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • What if it comes out?

    If the ring is out for more than 3hrs in the 1st week of use – you may not be protected from pregnancy. Wash the ring and put it back in as soon as you can, and leave it in place for at least 7 days without interruption.

    If it was out for more than 48hrs in the first week – use extra precautions such as condoms for seven days. See your doctor or nurse if you have had sex without a condom in the previous week. You may also need emergency contraception.

    If the ring has been out for more than 3hrs in the 2nd or 3rd week, throw the ring away and either put in a new ring and start a new three-week cycle; or if the ring had been in place continuously for the previous 7 days, have a ring-free week and put in a new ring 7 days after it came out.

    If it was out for more than 48 hours in the second of third week, use extra precautions such as condoms for 7 days.

    If you're in doubt, use condoms and send us a message via your Patient Record or check with your GP.

  • What if I can't take it out?

    If you can’t take the NuvaRing out, you have any bleeding or pain, please see your GP or nurse as soon as possible. 

  • Is NuvaRing safe to use whilst breastfeeding?

    If your baby is under 6 weeks and you’re breastfeeding, it’s not advised to use the vaginal ring as it can sometimes reduce the flow of breastmilk. 

  • Using the vaginal ring after pregnancy

    If you’re not breastfeeding, you can start using the vaginal ring 21 days after birth and you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. You will need to use extra contraception if you start using the vaginal ring more than 21 days after birth. 

  • Can NuvaRing stop periods?

    You have to change the NuvaRing every 21 days. If you switch to a new ring within 3 hours of taking the old ring out you may just have some spotting instead of a period. If you don’t change it within 3 hours, you can leave it out for 7 days and you will have a period-type bleed. 

  • Can I buy NuvaRing online?

    You can request and pay for a NuvaRing prescription online. As this is a prescription-only medication, even if you are using an online service, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can buy the treatment. 

    With all combined contraceptives you will need to have your height, weight and blood pressure taken to confirm it is safe for you to start treatment. You’ll need to go into the pharmacy to pick up the NuvaRing so that these checks can be done in person. 

  • Important information about NuvaRing

    Combined contraceptives can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can be dangerous. Your blood pressure needs checking before starting any combined contraceptive, then once a year after that. Your local LloydsPharmacy will measure your blood pressure for free.

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to use NuvaRing alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe NuvaRing safely.

  • Alternative treatments

    We offer a range of contraceptives, including Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. View all our contraception options.

    Condoms are an effective form of contraception and protect against STIs.

    There are also long-acting contraceptives available through your GP or family planning clinic, including implants, the coil and injectable contraception.

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