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Vaginal Ring

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a vaginal ring?

A vaginal ring is a small flexible ring that sends hormones into your vagina. The vaginal ring may be used to prevent pregnancy. It may also be used to treat symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and itching, that occur with menopause.

What do I need to know about the vaginal ring?

How long do I use my vaginal ring?

Your healthcare provider will tell you when to start using the vaginal ring. He or she will also show you how to put in your vaginal ring. Use it as directed.

How do I insert my vaginal ring?

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How do I remove my vaginal ring?

What are the risks of a vaginal ring?

You may develop a headache, nausea, or breast tenderness. You may have vaginal discharge and discomfort or irritation. Rarely, the vaginal ring may increase your risk for blood clots, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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