The vaginal ring doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

An estimated 5 out of 100 women will get pregnant in the first year of using NuvaRing.

Side effects of NuvaRing may include:

  • An increased risk of blood-clotting problems, heart attack, stroke, liver cancer, gallbladder disease and high blood pressure
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
  • Fluid retention
  • Vaginal infection or irritation
  • Vaginal secretion
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Breast tenderness

Call your health care provider as soon as possible if you have:

  • Breast lumps
  • Foul vaginal odor or vaginal itching
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding during more than one menstrual cycle
  • New or worsening headaches
  • Signs or symptoms of a blood clot in your leg, such as persistent pain in your calf
  • Signs or symptoms of toxic shock syndrome, such as a sudden fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting or a rash
  • Signs or symptoms of jaundice, such as yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, especially with fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine or light-colored bowel movements
  • Signs or symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping, fatigue or feeling sad
  • Two missed periods or other signs of pregnancy
Jan. 21, 2012