RisksBy Mayo Clinic Staff
The vaginal ring doesn't offer protection from sexually transmitted infections.
About one out of 100 women will get pregnant in a typical year of using NuvaRing.
NuvaRing is generally very well-tolerated, but possible side effects include:
- Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
- Vaginal infection or irritation
- Increased vaginal secretion
- Decreased sex drive
- Breast tenderness
- An increased risk of blood-clotting problems, heart attack, stroke, liver cancer, gallbladder disease and toxic shock syndrome
Call your health care provider as soon as possible if you have:
May 12, 2015
- 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
- Two missed periods or other possible signs of pregnancy
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- Kerns J, et al. Contraceptive vaginal ring. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Nov. 19, 2014.
- Roumen JF, et al. The contraceptive vaginal ring, NuvaRing, a decade after its introduction. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. 2012;17:415.