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:

  • 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
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • 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
Jan. 21, 2012