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Those who are investigating birth control options may be surprised to find that there is a wide variety of hormonal contraceptives on the market today. One of those is the NuvaRing. In short, this is a hormone-emitting flexible plastic ring that is inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. Let's examine how the NuvaRing works, and what the benefits and disadvantages are.

NuvaRing works by releasing certain quantities of progestin and estrogen for three weeks, after which there is a break from this contraceptive. In fact, the way in which the NuvaRing works is quite similar to that of the birth control pill. The dosage of hormones is lower, though, and some side effects that are associated with the pill are not linked to NuvaRing because of this. The NuvaRing is self inserted by the user and can be continuously worn inside the vagina for three weeks. Most women say they do not feel it, and those who do often say they don't mind. Partners of women who are wearing the NuvaRing also report not noticing the ring.

And the cons? Apparently, the NuvaRing can fall out. There is a specific cleaning procedure to be followed if you are among the unlucky ones whose NuvaRing will come out during sex, or a visit to the restroom. If you fail to follow the exact instructions, your chances of pregnancy will go up. The NuvaRing is not suitable for breastfeeding mothers either, because the hormones can go into the milk, and use of this contraceptives can also decrease the milk supply. Side effects that have been associated with the use of NuvaRing include headaches, vaginitis, sinusitis, nausea, weight and, and upper respiratory infection. Around 15 percent of women who tried NuvaRing decided to quit due to side effects, according to clinical studies.

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