When it comes to preventing pregnancy, many women opt for hormonal birth control because it's easy to use and extremely effective. Aside from the pill, the NuvaRing is one of the more popular options. If you're considering switching to this form of birth control, you'll want to know the pros and cons.
- When used correctly, it's 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. That means you can be spontaneous and have sex without worrying about getting pregnant.
- It's simple to use because you only have to think about it twice a month.
- Most women say they can't feel it once inserted.
- Since it releases a steady amount of hormones, women will notice fewer mood swings than if they were on triphasic birth control pills (where the hormone levels change every week).
- If you decide you want to have children, once you stop using the NuvaRing, ovulation should return within 13 to 28 days.
- It doesn't protect against STIs.
- If you are uncomfortable touching yourself, you may have an issue inserting and removing the NuvaRing.
- Some guys complain that they can feel it during sex.
- It can slip out while straining to go to the bathroom or during sex, so you have to check it frequently to make sure it's still inside you.
- If you smoke while using the NuvaRing, the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects is increased.
- The risk of blood clots may be greater with the type of progestin in NuvaRing.
- Combination hormonal contraceptives, like the NuvaRing, that contain both estrogen and progestin, can worsen conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and problems with cholesterol.
- Hormonal contraceptives may increase your risk of stroke.
— Additional reporting by Alexis Nordby