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To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as NuvaRing, Cerazette, or Microlite. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.

Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.

A consultation for contraception costs €20.

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About NuvaRing

NuvaRing is a small combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring that you put into your vagina to prevent pregnancy. It’s a flexible plastic ring that you put in for three weeks at a time and it’s just as effective as the contraceptive pill when used correctly.

NuvaRing is a small plastic ring, just 54mm in diameter and 4mm wide, which releases a low, controlled dose of the sex hormones etonogestrel and ethinylestradiol into your body every 24 hours. These hormones prevent pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg. If no egg is released then the sperm can’t reach it and fertilise it.

NuvaRing works just like the combined contraceptive pill but instead of having to remember to take a pill every day, you insert the ring and keep it in for three weeks in a row.

NuvaRing can be a convenient alternative to combined hormonal contraceptive pills for women who find it difficult to remember to take the pill, because you don’t have to remember to take it every day.

When you’ve been wearing the ring for three weeks, you take it out, have a week long break to have your period, then put a new one in.

How to use NuvaRing

NuvaRing is easy to insert and remove if you follow the instructions. It’s inserted in a similar way to a tampon and you usually won’t even feel it once it’s in place.

How to insert NuvaRing:

  • Wash and dry your hands

  • Find a position that is comfortable for you, for example standing with one leg up on a chair or the bath, squatting, or lying down (if you use tampons you’ll be used to this)

  • Open the foil pouch containing the ring (it’s a good idea to keep the pouch so that you can dispose of it after use)

  • Hold the NuvaRing between your thumb and index finger and press the sides of the ring together to fold it

  • Using your index finger, gently insert it into your vagina and push it up inside you.


It may move around a little bit in your vagina, which is normal. You may not feel it at all, or may be aware of the ring inside you. It shouldn’t feel painful or uncomfortable - if it does, you may not have pushed it far enough inside your vagina. Gently push it in as far as you can. Don’t worry, you can’t push it too far or lose it inside you.

When you have been using the NuvaRing for three weeks, it can be removed by inserting your index finger inside you and hooking it through the ring. Gently pull in a down and forward motion to pull the ring out and throw it away in the bin, not the toilet.

To carry on using NuvaRing, insert a new one seven days later, on the same day of the week and at the same time as you removed the last one. Insert a new ring even if your period hasn’t finished yet.

How effective is NuvaRing?

NuvaRing is proven to be 98% effective in preventing pregnancy when used properly. To be most effective it must be inserted correctly so that it stays in place for the three weeks. It can sometimes get dislodged by intercourse or by other activities such as straining when you go to the toilet for a bowel movement, so you should regularly check that it’s still in place.

If your NuvaRing does come out for any reason, put a new one in as soon as possible. You may need to use additional contraception for a while to ensure that you’re still protected against pregnancy. If in doubt, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Dosage

NuvaRing comes in boxes of three. You insert one ring into your vagina and leave it there for three weeks, then remove it for one week so that you can have your period. The ring releases two sex hormones into the body at a low dose to prevent pregnancy. After a week’s break you insert a fresh ring from the pack and repeat the process.

Side effects

As with all medicines, NuvaRing can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects.

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • feeling sick (nausea)

  • abdominal pain

  • a vaginal yeast infection such as thrush

  • discomfort in the vagina from the ring

  • genital itching

  • vaginal discharge (secretion)

  • breast tenderness

  • painful periods

  • weight gain

  • headaches

  • headaches

  • lowered libido (sex drive)

  • depressed mood

  • acne

  • the ring falls out.


If you experience any of these side effects, or any side effects not mentioned here, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Warning

As with using any combined hormonal contraceptive, NuvaRing increases a woman’s risk of developing blood clots compared with a woman not taking any combined hormonal contraceptive. Blood clots in veins or arteries can potentially be very serious.

The risk of developing a blood clot in a vein when using a combined hormonal contraceptive such as NuvaRing is increased:

  • the older you are

  • if you are overweight

  • if a close family member has ever had a blood clot in a lung, any other organs or leg

  • if you will be immobile for a period of time, for example after an operation

  • if you have broken your leg and it’s in a cast.


Blood clots in arteries can cause heart attacks and strokes and can be fatal if left untreated. The risk is higher when using a combined oral contraceptive:

  • the older you are

  • if you are a smoker

  • if you are overweight

  • if you have high blood pressure

  • if a close family member has suffered a heart attack or stroke at a young age

  • if you have high cholesterol or triglycerides (fat) in your blood

  • if you get migraines

  • if you are diabetic

  • if you have heart problems such as a valve disorder or a disturbance of the rhythm of the heart.


Speak to your doctor before using NuvaRing if any of the above apply to you.

What active ingredients does NuvaRing contain?

NuvaRing contains the active substances etonogestrel at a strength of 11.7mg and ethinylestradiol at a strength of 2.7mg. The active substances are released from the ring at a rate of 0.120mg/day and 0.015mg/day, each day, for three weeks.

It is a flexible, transparent ring made of ethylene vinylacetate copolymer, which is a type of plastic that will not dissolve in the body. NuvaRing also contains the inactive ingredient magnesium stearate.

If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pharmacy Collect

If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.

If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.

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You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.

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