NuvaRing helps prevent pregnancy. Among various benefits, NuvaRing:
- Can be removed at any time, followed by a quick return to fertility
- Doesn't require a personalized fitting
- Eliminates the need to interrupt sex for contraception
- Is safe for women with latex allergies
NuvaRing isn't appropriate for everyone, however. Your health care provider may discourage use of NuvaRing if:
- You're about to be immobilized for a prolonged period due to major surgery
- You are breast-feeding or recently gave birth, had a miscarriage, or had an abortion
- You're older than age 35 and smoke
- You're sensitive to any components of NuvaRing
- You have diabetes and vascular-related complications
- You have a history of blood clots
- You have a history of breast, uterine or liver cancer
- You have a history of heart attack or stroke
- You have liver disease
- You have migraines with aura
- You have severe high blood pressure
- You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- You had jaundice during pregnancy or previous use of hormonal contraceptives
- The vaginal ring repeatedly falls out after insertion
In addition, tell your health care provider if you have:
Jan. 21, 2012
- A dropped (prolapsed) uterus or bladder, or rectal prolapse
- A history of toxic shock syndrome
- Any condition that makes you susceptible to vaginal irritation
- Breast lumps, fibrocystic disease or an abnormal mammogram, or a family history of breast cancer
- Epilepsy or migraine headaches
- Gallbladder, liver, heart or kidney disease
- High cholesterol or triglycerides
- High blood pressure
- Irregular periods
- Plans to have surgery
- Severe constipation
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