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Vaginal Ring

A vaginal ring is a plastic ring that releases hormones estrogen and progesterone into the bloodstream and prevents pregnancy when placed inside the vagina. It is more than 99 % effective if used correctly and provides contraception for a month.

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Why is birth control vaginal ring spotting post-intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on birth control vaginal ring for the past five years. I had no problems with it until this morning. I was intimate with my partner (penetration with fingers) and had an orgasm. We then noticed that I had a bleed. It was light spotting and looked like a little period. It ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your complaint is about post-intercourse spotting with birth control vaginal ring and then period-like pain, so you are asking about the possibility of injury. Birth control vaginal ring is a polymeric drug delivery device designed to produce two hormones, etonogest...  Read Full »

My birth control ring led to yeast infection. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My problem has resolved, but I am still worried. Two years ago, I was on NuvaRing, and I was getting multiple yeast infections. I went to a couple of doctors, and they said it was yeast and also vaginitis. After months of itching and at times white curdy discharge, I was getting a red ...  Read Full »

Dr. Garima Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It might be due to an allergy to the ring and had lead to some infection. What you can do at present are two tests called high vaginal swab culture and sensitivity, which is tell us whether any infection is there at present or not. In case if it is there, it will show ...  Read Full »

I seek help for HIV prevention using vaginal rings. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have come across information about a vaginal ring for HIV prevention. Could you explain its mechanism and its role in managing and preventing HIV or AIDS? Additionally, are there alternative methods or strategies for preventing and managing HIV that I should be aware of? I am aiming t...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The vaginal ring is composed of silicon-containing antiretroviral medication known as Dapivirine. During sexual intercourse, Dapivirine is released from the ring to prevent any HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection...  Read Full »

Do vaginal rings prevent HIV and STDs?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a sexually active 30-year-old woman, and I have been exploring information about using vaginal rings as a contraceptive method. I am curious to know about its effectiveness compared to pills and whether they provide protection against HIV and other STDs. I heard that vaginal rings...  Read Full »

Dr. Khushbu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. A vaginal ring is a small, pliable device that is inserted into the vagina monthly. It releases estrogen and progestin hormones and prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation and impeding sperm's ability to reach the...  Read Full »

I am planning for contraception. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old female with three children, and my spouse and I are considering various contraceptive options. I am particularly interested in learning more about vaginal rings as a method of birth control. Could you provide insights into its effectiveness, benefits, potential side eff...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do understand your concern. Vaginal rings are hormonal contraceptives that contain estrogen and progestin. They function by preventing ovulation, thickening the cervical mucus, and modifying the uterine lining. When used consistently and correctly, they have an effectiv...  Read Full »

How to know that I am suffering from toxic shock syndrome?

Query: Hi doctor, I am on new birth control and getting some discomfort. When I looked up the side effects of the birth control, it said that all my symptoms could be toxic shock syndrome. I am currently on Doxycycline and Wellbutrin. How can I be sure about the syndrome?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me first tell you to just relax. If you really had toxic shock syndrome, as the name suggests you will have toxic features and admitted to the hospital with shock. May be your body is not reacting normally to this method. If so, just remove the ring immediately and c...  Read Full »

I have chronic cervicitis and tissue overgrowth. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old female who took Nuvaring continuously for seven years. After my yearly appointment last year, I had excessive bleeding and irritation of my cervix upon examination. I was told I had chronic cervicitis and an overgrowth of tissue on my cervix which would need to be re...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Nuvaring is a hormone-releasing contraceptive ring placed in the vagina. As it is hormone based, it causes side effects like menstrual irregularities, decrease in libido, vaginal itching, infection, headache, bloating, weight and appetite changes, abnormal hair gr...  Read Full »

Is Cerazette reliable for contraception?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sexual intercourse 31 days back and took three pregnancy tests until today morning, which were all negative. One week after sexual intercourse, I started taking Cerazette as I do not want to get pregnant, and on the same day, as it was due, I got my periods. But now am worried if th...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do not see any reason for you to worry. Implantation bleeding is usually light blood or pink in color, but you had proper bleeding, just lesser in quantity if I am right. Till now you have not got a positive pregnancy test too. If you think you got pregnant that day, y...  Read Full »

What does it mean to have spotting after unprotected sex during the ovulation period?

Query: Hi doctor, I took the NuvaRing out 22 days ago and had my periods 21 days ago for four days. I used the Clearblue ovulation kit to check my ovulation, and it showed that I was ovulating. I also used at-home ovulation testing dipsticks yesterday, and it showed a rise in my LH. We had unprotected s...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The light spotting or bleeding is called ovulation bleeding. The fluctuations in LH (luteinizing hormone), as seen in the LH at-home test kit, cause a fall in estrogen levels. Ovulation occurs after this fall in estrogen...  Read Full »

Can taking hormonal pills for perimenopause symptoms cause breast cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old female who is dealing with perimenopause symptoms. My ob-gyn has recommended taking low dose of birth control pills to relieve my symptoms. However, I am at a higher risk for breast cancer because my late mother (who died in an auto accident) was a breast cancer surv...  Read Full »

Dr. Nadia Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to That is really sad to hear about your mother but I would like to add into your information that evidence suggests that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not significantly increase the risk of breast cancer. It is only contraindicated if the person taking HRT has...  Read Full »

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