What is the vaginal ring?
The vaginal ring is a small; soft plastic ring that you place inside your vagina for 21 days at a time. It’s about 4mm thick; and 5.5cm in diameter.
How to use it
You place the ring in your vagina on the first day of your period; remove it 21 days later and throw it in the bin (not down the toilet) in a special disposal bag.
Seven days after removing the ring; you insert a new one for the next 21 days.
How it works
The ring continually releases oestrogen and progestogen; which are synthetic versions of the hormones that are naturally released by the ovaries.
This reduces ovulation (the release of an egg). It also thickens cervical mucus; which makes it more difficult for sperm to get through; and thins the lining of the womb so that an egg is less likely to implant there.