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Buy Nuvaring hormonal contraceptive ring online in the UK

NuvaRing vaginal ring
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    • Almost 100% effective
    • Contains etonogestrel 120mcg and ethinylestradiol 15mcg
    • Soft and flexible contraceptive ring

The NuvaRing – also known as the vaginal ring - is a hormonal contraceptive alternative to the pill, and is around 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. The ring has a slow dose of synthetic female hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, and is very low maintenance, needing to only be inserted once a month.

You can buy NuvaRing here at HealthExpress, simply fill out the quick online consultation which allows our doctor to make sure this contraceptive treatment is right for you. After it is assessed by one of our registered doctors and approved for your safety, you can complete your order and have your contraceptive ring pack delivered via our free next day delivery service (same day if within London) when ordered before 4pm

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"The contraceptive ring is growing in popularity. It is over 99% effective when used correctly." Dr Hilary JonesHealthExpress Medical Advisor
Treatment Information
Product Name: NuvaRing
Active Ingredient(s): Ethinylestradiol and Etonogestrel
Manufacturer: Organon
Description: Nuvaring is a combined contraceptive ring that offers almost complete protection against pregnancy
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Administration: Vaginal
Presentation: Ring
Available Dosage: 0.12 mg, 0.015 mg
Application: Offering protection against pregnancy for women over 18
Posology: Insert ring for 3 weeks followed by a 7 day break
Drug class: Combined vaginal rings
Alcohol consumption: No influence
When breastfeeding: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives

What is the NuvaRing?

The NuvaRing is a small, flexible vaginal ring used as an effective contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy.

A small circular ring at about 2 inches in diameter, it is soft and can be squeezed into a smaller shape, making it easier to insert into your vagina. It is inserted for a 3 week duration followed by a one week break, which is reminiscent of the pill, but without the daily usage the pill entails. It is just as effective as the contraceptive pill, and in fact studies have shown that less than 1 out of 100 women will fall pregnant using the NuvaRing.

How does the NuvaRing work?

The vaginal ring works in a similar way to the combined pill by releasing a steady dose of synthetic oestrogen and progestogen in the form of ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel. These active ingredients work together to prevent pregnancy in three ways:

  • It stops the egg from being released from the ovaries (ovulation)
  • It prevents sperm from reaching the womb by thickening the cervix mucus
  • It thins the lining of the womb making it difficult for an egg to attach itself and grow

This three-way form of protection has been proven to give you near total protection against pregnancy if used correctly. As with any contraception, if you miss a dosage, effectiveness will alter.

What are the benefits of NuvaRing?

Whilst the vaginal ring is the lesser-known form of hormonal contraception, it is still 99% effective against pregnancy proven in clinical trials. The main aim is obviously to stop conception, however like most contraceptive methods, there are additional pluses:

  • Low maintenance - Once the ring is inserted, you can forget about it for three weeks until it is time for your 7-day break.
  • Less problematic – Unlike oral contraceptive tablets, if you fall ill and experience diarrhoea or vomiting, the ring's effectiveness is not compromised.
  • Safe and effective – Up to 99.7% effective and clinically proven to be harmless to use.
  • May improve skin condition – Just like the combined pill, many women notice skin improvements due to the adjustment in hormones.
  • Can regulate your period – this vaginal ring can sometimes improve irregular periods and associated symptoms, offering stability.
  • Can reduce risk of certain cancers – Both endometrial and ovarian cancer risks can be reduced when using the NuvaRing.

How do you use the vaginal ring?

There are a few considerations that need to be understood before you decide to starting the use of this contraceptive ring. These include:

  • Beginning your contraception in-between the first to fifth day of your period will offer you immediate protection.
  • If you choose to insert the NuvaRing on any other day of your cycle then a backup contraceptive, such as a condom, is needed for seven days in addition to the ring.
  • If you're switching from the combined pill to the NuvaRing, and are certain you're not pregnant, you can start it any day you please.

To use the ring, always make sure your hands are clean and follow the below process:

  • Storage should be at room temperature away from direct sunlight for around 4 months
  • Remove it from its packaging
  • Squeeze it between your thumb and index finger and gently push into your vagina until it feel comfortable
  • The position of the ring isn't important
  • If it isn't comfortable, push in a little further until it is
  • The ring will NOT go missing
  • You can check on your vaginal ring just by using your fingers
  • Once inserted, the ring will remain in the vagina for 21 days, after which you will need to remove the ring for a 7-day break

To remove the ring:

  • Make a hook with your index ring and pull it gently out.
  • Don't flush down the toilet, but dispose in the bin in the foil wrapper
  • The NuvaRing insertion and removal should never be any pain or bleeding. If so, remove the ring and contact your GP
  • You can use tampons whilst using the ring and having sex without any damage to your health

During your 7-day break, you may experience a withdrawal bleed similar to a period, but you will still be fully protected. You must insert your new ring one week after to remain fully protected. Inserting the NuvaRing late will lessen the effectiveness rate and you will need to use additional barrier protection for 7 days after. It's also worth noting that you cannot use the cervical cap, diaphragm and sponge along with the ring.

If you have had unprotected sex, or haven't used the vaginal ring correctly, you will need to seek alternative contraception.

What to do if you forget to insert the vaginal ring

What if I forget to take it out?

If it's less than 7 days over (1-6 days over the 3 weeks, so up to 28 days altogether) take the ring out and have the 7-day break as normal. You are still protected. You may experience spotting, but women who don't want their periods do keep the vaginal ring in for an additional week before changing straight away so this isn't harmful to your health.

If it is more than 7 days over (over 28 days altogether) take the ring out and put a new ring in straight away. You may not be protected. Use additional barrier protection for an additional 7 days and consider emergency contraception if you've had sex in the days you should have been on a break.[1]

What if it comes out?

Also known as expulsion, this may occasionally happen and if so, wash the ring in cool or lukewarm water and insert again as soon as possible. If it has been out of your vagina for more than 48 hours, you will need to use barrier contraception for a further 7 days.

  • If it has fallen out in the first or second week – you can rinse and put back in (use additional protection)
  • If it has fallen out in the third week – don't put it back in and either put a new ring in for the next 3 weeks or continue with the seven-day break (use additional protection)

For more advice on what to do if the vaginal ring falls out, or if you forget to put one in or take one out, take a look at the NHS page.

What are the dosages available?

The NuvaRing contains both synthetic oestrogen and progestogen hormones; ethinyl-estradiol/etonogestrel in the strength of 120mcg and 15mcg respectively. This is the optimum dosage that has been clinically trialled, allowing for optimum effectiveness with minimum risk to health and side effects.

What are the side effects of the NuvaRing?

The contraceptive vaginal ring has been noted to be well tolerated for the vast majority of women. As with all prescription medication though, there is always a slight possibility of experiencing side certain side effects. In regards to the NuvaRing, although not common, some side effects may include:

  • abdominal pain,
  • breast tenderness
  • nausea
  • bleeding
  • spotting between periods.

Other infrequent side effects include increased vaginal discharge and/or irritation, a change in libido or mood changes.

If you do experience anything severe e.g. lump on your breast, a severe headache or migraine, or a sharp pain especially in the chest or abdomen then it is advised that you contact your doctor as soon as you can.

Interactions/precautions when using the NuvaRing

This vaginal ring is suitable for most women over the age of 18 seeking an alternative to the contraceptive pill or patch. However, before you buy this contraceptive ring, it is important to be aware of its suitability. It may be considered unsuitable for use if you:

  • Are 35 or over
  • Smoke
  • Suffer from severe migraines
  • Are overweight
  • Have a history of conditions such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke or have heart or circulatory problems
  • Have a family history of the above
  • Have been immobile for a long period of time

Ensure you speak with your doctor to understand what alternatives may be suitable for you, its effects on your health and the possibility of using this contraceptive method.

Using the vagina ring after pregnancy

It is possible to become pregnant again three weeks after giving birth, so researching your contraceptive options is important. In terms of using the vaginal ring, this will depend on whether you are breastfeeding or not.

If you aren't breastfeeding, you can use the contraceptive ring four weeks after giving birth vaginally. If you are breastfeeding, you will need to wait at least six weeks as the NuvaRing can affect breast milk. There are also other contributing factors that could mean the ring isn't right for you after your pregnancy including obesity, age, whether you've had a C-section or a history of blood clots to name a few. It is always essential to speak to your GP before opting for a contraceptive method post-birth, whether this is the NuvaRing or any other option.

Protection against STIs

The only contraception that will protect against STIs is barrier methods such as condoms, which are 98% effective when used correctly. The vaginal ring will protect against pregnancy but cannot protect you against sexually transmitted infections. If you have an STI, treatment is available online or if you are concerned you have an STI, visit a sexual health clinic for testing.

How can I buy the NuvaRing online safely?

The NuvaRing is available to buy here at HealthExpress. To ensure your safety and so that we can provide a prescription for this contraceptive, we ask that you fill out our quick online consultation. If approved, the treatment is dispatched through our express delivery service the next day (or same day if in London).

Why choose HealthExpress?

  • Fast, free delivery - order before 4pm and receive your treatment the next day (same day for London postcodes)
  • Free online consultation service with one of our registered GMC doctors
  • Discreet packaging - we don't include any branding or pharmacy logo on our packaging meaning you can get your treatment delivered anywhere
  • UK based and GMC UK registered
  • Only proven prescription medication available and approved by the National Pharmacy Association and CareQuality Commission
  • All inclusive confidential service


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