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.