What is protection with the Vaginal Ring? How does it work?
The monthly contraceptive ring is about 5 cm in diameter and is made of a special Nobel Prize-winning transparent material. It has a flexible and transparent structure. After application, it releases in a controlled manner depending on body temperature and concentration difference. This keeps the drug level in the body at the lowest level to be effective at 99 percent. Therefore, the drug level does not fluctuate every day, as in women who take pills.
This protection system is perceived as relatively new compared to the others. But when exactly did it start to be used? In other words, how much history does it have?
The most current choice used in birth control, the monthly birth control ring is a modern contraceptive method recommended by 9 out of 10 women to other women thanks to its low-dose hormone content and ease of use. Used by 5.5 million women for 8 years, it is a popular method in Turkey as well as in Europe in terms of its ring advantages.
Are there any risks associated with its insertion and removal? Is there any danger of incorrect installation?
The ring was developed for one month use. It is inserted into the vagina like a suppository. Impossible to do wrong. Exactly where you stand doesn’t matter in terms of effectiveness. The ring is left in the vagina for 3 weeks, then removed for 1 week. Removal can be done easily by pulling it gently under the edge of the index finger or pinching it between the middle and index fingers. During this 1-week period, the woman bleeds. A new ring is applied exactly 7 days after the ring is removed. Initially, the first ring is placed between the 1st and 5th days of menstrual bleeding.
Is there a way to tell if it’s placed correctly?
Due to the anatomy of the vagina, it is very difficult to misplace it. Generally, reaching the ring on the posterior wall of the vagina with finger control can show that it is correctly inserted.
Can people easily apply it themselves?
One of the biggest advantages of the ring is that it is a method that women can easily apply on their own. Studies show that 97 percent of women who use the ring have no problems with the application.
How effective is it?
The ring, which is a 99% effective method, is also the product containing the lowest dose of hormones.
Is there a difference in success rate or failure rate with other birth control methods?
In fact, the theoretical protection rate for all modern methods is quite high: around 99 percent. The difference emerges depending on the ease of use and tolerance that women can find most comfortable in their daily lives.
What are the advantages?
It is a suitable alternative for women’s busy daily life with its low dose hormone content and monthly ease of use. Women can apply it on their own and don’t need to remember it every day. Since it is not taken orally, it is not affected by the first pass effect in the liver. The hormone level in the blood does not fluctuate. It has no interaction with food. There are studies showing that it does not affect body weight. Arranges the pieces. It’s possible to get pregnant right after quitting. Compared to birth control pills, it has been seen to cause less breakthrough bleeding and spotting.
What about the disadvantages?
It increases the incidence of vaginitis. However, for some women, this situation can also be described as an advantage. In the studies conducted, 10 percent of the participants stated that they felt the ring during sexual intercourse, but this did not negatively affect the relationship.
Who is safe to use?
It is not suitable for women with cervical problems, chronic or severe constipation.
Is there a risk of the ring falling off? What to do if it falls?
The fall rate is reported as 2.7 percent due to anatomical differences.
Can the same ring be reused?
The ring was developed for one month use, so reusing the same ring for the second month will have no effect.