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
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • 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:

  • 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
May 12, 2015