The Vaginal Ring

The vaginal ring is a small soft, plastic ring that you place inside your vagina once a month.

It releases a continuous dose of the hormones oestrogen and progestogen into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy.

  • If used correctly, the vaginal ring is more than 99% effective.
  • One ring provides contraception for a month, so you don’t have to think about it every day.
  • You can continue to have sex when the ring is in place.
  • Unlike the pill, the ring still works if you have sickness (vomiting) or diarrhoea.
  • The ring may ease premenstrual symptoms, and bleeding will probably be lighter and less painful.
  • The ring can sometimes come out on its own, but you can rinse it in warm water and put it back in as soon as possible.
  • The vaginal ring does not provide protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

How to Insert the Ring

  • With clean hands, squeeze the ring between your thumb and finger, and gently insert the tip into your vagina;
  • Gently push the ring up into your vagina until it feels comfortable.

Unlike a diaphragm or cap, the ring doesn’t need to cover the entrance to your womb (the cervix) to work.

You should be able to check that the ring is still there using your fingers. If you can’t feel it but you’re sure it’s there, see a GP or nurse.

The ring can’t get “lost” inside you.