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Contraceptive Ring

Contraceptive ring available on prescription safely online

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Dr Hilary Jones discusses the contraceptive ring and the treatments available at HealthExpress

The vaginal ring is a new form of hormonal contraception that is mainly used by women who find it difficult to take the pill every day. The ring prevents pregnancy by releasing a slow dose of synthetic hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, into the bloodstream. It should be inserted once a month and has been proven by clinical trials to be up to 99% effective. Since it was made available in the UK, thousands of British women have found it to be an effective alternative to the pill or patch.

Nuvaring is currently the only vaginal ring in the UK and is available here at HealthExpress. First, you must complete the online consultation by clicking on the link below. The details you provide us will be used by a registered doctor to make sure that the vaginal ring is safe for you. Our free next day delivery means that you could receive your vaginal ring as soon as tomorrow.

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Available treatment

NuvaRing  Organon
  • Almost 100% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Contains etonogestrel 120mcg and ethinylestradiol 15mcg per 24 hours
  • Soft and flexible contraceptive ring alternative to the pill
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  • Simply fill out our brief consultation in less than 3 minutes.
  • A doctor will review your details within minutes and recommend a treatment(s).
  • You can order your treatment which will be dispatched within 24h.

What are the benefits of using the vaginal ring?

The vaginal ring has been proven by clinical trials to be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. For women who find the scheduling associated with the pill an inconvenience, the ring provides an effective solution- once the ring is inserted, you can forget about it for three weeks until it is time for your seven day break. Also, if you fall ill and experience diahorrea or vomiting, the ring's effectiveness is not compromised. It also won't cause any interruption during sex and can also relieve pre-menstrual symptoms as well as make periods lighter and less painful.

How does the ring work?

The vaginal ring works in a similar way to the combined pill, releasing a steady dose of oestrogen and progestogen. This will prevent pregnancy in three ways. It stops the egg from being released from the ovaries (ovulation) while also preventing sperm from reaching the womb by thickening the cervix mucus. It also thins the lining of the womb, which makes it difficult for an egg to attach itself and grow.

How do you use the ring?

To use the ring, you remove it from its packaging, squeeze it between your thumb and index finger and insert it into your vagina. To remove the ring you hold it between your index and middle finger and pull it gently out. Removing and inserting the ring should be relatively easy.

For immediate protection, you must insert the ring in the vagina on the first day of your period. If you choose to insert it on any other day of your cycle than a backup contraceptive, such as a condom, is needed for seven days in addition to the ring. Once inserted, the ring will remain in the vagina for 21 days, after which you will need to remove the ring for a seven-day break. During your seven-day break, you may experience a withdrawal bleed similar to a period, but you will still be fully protected.

Are there any side effects with the vaginal ring?

As with all contraceptives, you should be aware of any potential side effects that may be associated with them. The more common side effects include abdominal pain, breast tenderness, mood changes, nausea and headaches. A rare side effect of Nuvaring is thrombosis. If you are concerned by any side effects, it's always best to talk to your doctor for further information.

Who is the ring suitable for?

The ring is suitable for most women seeking an alternative to the contraceptive pill or patch. However, it is considered unsuitable if you are 35 or over, smoke, experience severe migraines or are overweight. If you have a history of conditions such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke or have heart or circulatory problems them the ring may not be suitable for you and another contraceptive will be recommended. It's always best to disclose full medical details upon consultation, so that our doctors can ensure that the ring is safe and suitable for you to use.

Finding treatment

There is only one type of contraceptive ring available in the UK, which available to buy online at HealthExpress. Nuvaring is a flexible ring that is often recommended as an alternative method of hormonal contraception for women who struggle to keep up with the time keeping, which is required when using the pill. Though it is less well known than other varieties of hormonal contraception, it is just as effective and works in the same way.

Is the vaginal ring available to buy online?

The vaginal ring is available to buy at HealthExpress by using our quick and secure ordering service. First, you will need to fill in our brief medical questionnaire, which will be used by our registered doctors to make sure the vaginal ring is the right contraceptive for you. After this and providing that you have been approved, our doctors can issue a prescription which will be sent directly to our certified pharmacy, where they will prepare your contraceptive for free next day delivery. Remember, we also offer same day delivery in some regions of the UK.

Dr Hilary Jones, HealthExpress Medical Advisor

How can prescription Contraceptive Ring treatment help me?

Hormonal contraception is one of the most common methods used by women to prevent pregnancy. With the large number of options available, it has become much easier to find the method that suits your body and lifestyle best

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