Nuva Ring or “The Ring” is a small bendable ring that is inserted into the vagina. The ring works by releasing hormones that prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg. The hormones also thicken the cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from fertilizing the egg and thinning the lining of the uterus which may prevent implantation. The ring is left in place for three weeks and then taken out for the fourth week.  

 

The Ring

 

Details

STI reduction: None.

 

Less effort than the pill or the patch: It only needs to be changed once a month.

 

Storage: When storing the ring for more than 4 months, it needs to be refrigerated.

 

A lower dose of hormones: The ring uses a lower dose of hormones than other methods, so there's less chance of negative side effects.

 

Smokers over 35, beware: If you’re over 35, smoking increases your risk of certain side effects. And if you’re younger, why not quit now and save yourself the trouble?

 

Cost

If you qualify for the funding Haven Health has available, services may be provided at no cost.  Qualification for programs depends on family size and income.  Please call Haven Health at 806.322.3599  to determine if you qualify for the available programs.

Usage

Insert the ring and leave it for three weeks.  Then remove it and wait one week before inserting another one.

 

Side Effects

Bleeding in between periods, sore breasts, headaches, nausea and vomiting, mood swings, decreased sex drive, increased vaginal discharge, irritation or infection and for a small number of women blood clots, or stroke.  For smokers, the risk of cardiovascular problems is much higher.

Quick Facts

Easy to insert, works like the pill, and changed only once a month. 

 

Effectiveness

The ring is very effective when used as directed.

 

Side effects

The most common are irregular bleeding, sore breasts, and nausea.  In rare cases blood clots or stroke.  

 

Effort

The ring needs to be taken out after 3 weeks and a new one placed every month. 

 

How do I get it?

A doctor’s prescription is necessary for the ring.

 

STI reduction

None.

 

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Contact Information

Hours of Operation

1 Medical Drive 

Amarillo, Texas 79106 

Phone 806.322.3599

Fax 806.372.5237

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12: 00 p.m. 

Saturday (1st and 3rd) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm.