NuvaRing prevents pregnancy with hormones that keep your ovaries from releasing eggs. It is left in the vagina for three weeks at a time, then taken out on the fourth week.

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Considerations

Little effort each month

If you're the kind of person who would have trouble remembering to take a pill every day, the ring might be a good option. You only need to remember to do something twice a month.

You’re comfortable with your body

If you're not okay with putting your fingers inside yourself, the ring probably isn't for you. It's a lot like putting in a tampon, though; if you can do that, you're good to go.

Skipping periods

If you want, the ring allows you to skip your period altogether, which, is totally safe.

Storage and privacy

If you’re storing the ring for more than four months, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. So if you don’t want anyone to know you’re using it, this could be a problem. Also, some partners say they can feel the ring when you’re having sex. If that’s a problem, you can take the ring out during sex — just make sure to put it back in within three hours, and only do this once within 24 hours.

A lower dose of hormones

The ring uses a lower dose of hormones than other methods, so there may be fewer side effects.

Smokers over 35, beware

For those over 35 years old, smoking while using the ring increases the risk of certain side effects.

The pregnancy question

You should be able to get pregnant pretty quickly after you go off the ring. So don't take any chances. If you're not ready for a baby, protect yourself with another method.