NuvaRing is a hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Organon. Specifically, NuvaRing contraceptive is a flexible, transparent ring about 2 inches in diameter that is inserted in the vagina to provide month-long contraceptive protection by continuously releasing estrogen and progestin over 21 days. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001, NuvaRing contraceptive is the first monthly vaginal ring approved for birth control in the United States.

How to Use NuvaRing Contraceptive Vaginal Ring

NuvaRing contraceptive is inserted into the vagina by the patient once a month; it doesn’t have to be in any exact position to work. Once inside, NuvaRing releases a continuous dose of hormones for three weeks to prevent pregnancy.

NuvaRing should be left in place for 3 weeks then removed for a 1-week ring-free period. NuvaRing patients should get their periods during this “week off.” As long as NuvaRing is being used as prescribed, patients will continue to be protected from pregnancy during the ring-free week. Exactly 1 week after NuvaRing is taken out a new vaginal ring should be inserted.

If the NuvaRing contraceptive vaginal ring slips out at any time, patients are still protected against pregnancy provided the vaginal ring is replaced within 3 hours. NuvaRing contraceptive patients can either use the old vaginal ring (after rinsing it with cool or lukewarm water) or insert a new ring. After replacing the vaginal ring, patients should continue with their usual NuvaRing removal and replacement schedule.

NuvaRing contraceptive users who miss a menstrual period should take a pregnancy test if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • if NuvaRing was out of the vagina for more than 3 hours during the 3 weeks of ring use
  • if you waited longer than 1 week to insert a new vaginal ring after removing the old one
  • if you followed the instructions but missed 2 periods in a row
  • if you have left NuvaRing in place for longer than 4 weeks

NuvaRing Injury Lawyer

Because the NuvaRing contraceptive vaginal ring has recently been linked to several life-threatening side effects, the NuvaRing injury lawyers at our law firm are currently investigating vaginal ring-related injuries. If you or a loved one used NuvaRing and suffered serious side effects, contact us for a confidential and free case evaluation.   

Disclaimer: Neither this website nor Bernstein Liebhard LLP is in any way affiliated with NuvaRing or its trademark.  Indeed, as this website makes clear, it is intended to provide information to consumers about their legal rights against the manufacturer of NuvaRing if they have been injured from using the product.

Published November 17, 2011 by