Contraceptive vaginal rings: how it works?

Contraceptive vaginal rings: how it works?

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The reproductive health of women has always been considered as a controversial issue to such an extent that the most novel advances and alternatives were not known as quickly as necessary.

Currently, thanks to social networks and the availability of the Internet, more and more women are women who, on their own initiative, inquire more about their health and care.

Among the challenges in reproductive health, are the contraceptive methods, whose objective in addition to contraception are to provide women with safety and comfort with their use, and is that unlike men who have the condom and surgical sterilization to avoid reproduction, women have more options, however, not all of them represent a practical and comfortable way for many women, among the best known contraceptive methods are:

  • Contraceptive pill
  • Patches
  • IUD
  • Injections
  • Intradermal devices
  • Vaginal rings

The latter is our protagonist today, has been commercialized for quite some time and during that time has undergone changes in terms of the processing material and the hormonal combinations it has.

What are the vaginal rings?

In the version that is currently marketed, it is a device for birth control, which uses hormonal modulation as a principle, consists of a ring about 5cm in diameter, made of plastic, soft and flexible, is inserted into the vagina for 3 weeks (21 days), followed by a week of rest and during this time period menstruation arrives, after that it is reintroduced and starts the cycle again the following month.

Use of contraceptive vaginal rings

Its function is to avoid pregnancy so you should consult your doctor before. Use it to rule out if you are pregnant and perform a general check of your health.

The way to place it is similar to when you use a tampon, at first glance you do not see anything simple and by far comfortable but it is the opposite. With these simple steps you can place it without problem:

  • Wash your hands very well to avoid any infection.
  • Tighten and rotate technique: It consists of tightening the ring between your index and thumb fingers, placing it inside you, similar to when you apply the vaginal ovules, push it until it is located on one of the sides of the vagina.
  • You should feel comfortable with the location; therefore, you must ensure that it does not move.
  • Although the ring is a device of easy removal you should not take it out for sex because once removed it loses its effects, it is designed not to cause any discomfort during sexual intercourse so in case of feeling very uncomfortable you should consult your doctor.

Advantages of contraceptive vaginal rings

  • Provides a 91% effectiveness.
  • It does not need to interrupt the sexual aspect for its placement.
  • Does not require daily attention, like the pill. It is changed once a month.

Disadvantages of contraceptive vaginal rings

  • It does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
  • As it is a method that involves a hormonal release, it can produce mood swings, headaches, weight gain, and menstrual changes.
  • Require a medical prescription for its obtaining.

In terms of costs, a determining factor when choosing a long-term contraceptive method, vaginal rings have a variable price, however, sexual and reproductive health is part of the needs addressed by most public health plans. private, so just with a visit to your doctor, you can review the costs and financing plans if necessary.

As a woman, it is up to you to choose the method that makes you feel as comfortable and safe as possible and this is an absolutely personal decision for which you should be well informed about all the alternatives available to you.