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Contraception is the intentional use of artificial means or techniques to avert pregnancy – a result of sexual intercourse. In simple words, contraception is birth control. It ensures that you are totally protected from the risk of unexpected pregnancy. Most of the contraceptives work on one of the four preventions: the female egg from being released every month, sperms from reaching the female egg, blocking the reproductive function in both males and females or preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

NuvaRing is a contraceptive, also known as hormonal birth control device, used by women. It is a flexible and transparent plastic ring which is inserted into the vagina. NuvaRing has to be worn for 3 weeks and then you can remove it, have periods, and then insert a new ring after probably a week.

NuvaRing prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones into a female’s body. These hormones help to suppress ovulation, hence, prevent pregnancy. They also thicken the cervical mucus which helps to keep sperms from reaching the egg. The lining of the uterus also grows thin preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. The NuvaRing also keeps the ovaries from releasing an egg.

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  • Headache
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
  • Infection in the vagina
  • Irritation in the vagina
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Breast tenderness
  • Decreased sex drive

Serious Side Effects – If you observe any of the following side effects, see a doctor

  • Continuous leg pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe pain in the chest
  • Severe headache
  • Weakness in the arm or leg
  • Trouble speaking
  • Foul vagina odour
  • Itching in the vagina
  • Signs of pregnancy

These details are provided only as a guide. Please read patient information leaflet for more details.

If unsure, have queries, or unable to find this drug, call at any point in time to speak to our UK Registered Pharmacy Team.Our experts will help you find the medicine and ensure complete satisfaction for all your concerns. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with one of our GMC Registered Doctors and have a Skype-style video consultation.

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I am contemplating trying the Pills, but apparently is it harmful for younger women?

No. The risks surrounding the pills aren’t big at all, but they become much higher when taken by older women. In the age group of 16-25, the danger of experiencing any unpleasant side effects is very small.

Do birth control pills protect me from STIs?

Birth control contraceptives do not protect you from STIs. However, only condoms can help to effectively prevent most STIs.

Do birth control pills cause weight gain?

No. There is no research to conclude that birth control pills cause weight gain. However, the birth control shot/injection has, in some cases, been linked to weight gain in certain women.

Which birth control method is the most effective?

Certain methods of birth control are more popular than others, but finding the method most suitable for you completely differs from person to person. If you are looking to prevent pregnancy as greatly as possible, we’d recommend using a highly effective form of birth control (such as COC, ring, UID, etc.) as well as condoms. This way, you will be receiving prevention from pregnancy and protection from STD transmission.

To complete your purchase, take our questionnaire. Once completed, a registered doctor will review your answers and issue a prescription, if suitable. This prescription will be sent to our practising pharmacy who will dispense your treatment. Orders are shipped by secure next-day courier.

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