Birth Control FAQs

How do I use the birth control ring?

The vaginal ring is very simple to use. To insert and remove the ring:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Remove the ring from the foil packet it comes in and save the packet
  • Squeeze the sides of the ring together so that it becomes narrow and insert the ring into your vagina
  • After three weeks, use clean hands to remove the ring by hooking your finger under the edge of the ring and gently pulling
  • Place the used ring in the original packet and throw it away
  • Wait one week before inserting a new ring

What are common birth control side effects?

Since there are many birth control options, side effects vary depending on the type of birth control and the individual.  Some of the most common birth control side effects include:

  • Intermenstrual spotting
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Missed periods
  • Decreased libido

What is birth control?

Birth control is defined as any method to prevent pregnancy. There are many options of birth control methods available, ranging from a pill, ring, condoms, shots and more. Some birth control methods are temporary solutions, while others are permanent and non-reversible.

What are some forms of birth control?

There are many birth control options for women. Many of them leave the option of removing or discontinuing use when pregnancy is desired. Here are a few examples of non-permanent birth control:

  • Birth control pills can help prevent pregnancy. They are one of several birth control options and are sometimes referred to as “the pill” or oral contraception.
  • The birth control shot is a birth control method taken once every three months. It is one of several birth control options and is sometimes referred to as a “depo” shot – short for Depo-Provera – the brand name of the medicine in the shot.
  • A contraceptive patch is among many birth control options available. The patch is unique in that it’s applied to the skin, releasing synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones to prevent pregnancy.
  • A birth control ring, also known as a vaginal ring, is a small, flexible, plastic ring that you insert into your vagina to prevent pregnancy. The birth control ring prevents pregnancy by continuously releasing synthetic estrogen and progestin. These hormones are then absorbed into your bloodstream and prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs to be fertilized.

What do I do if I experience birth control side effects?

If you experience any side effects from your birth control method, call Associates in Women's Health of the Mahoning Valley to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Hill and Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels can help you decide what birth control method is right for you.

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