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The contraceptive vaginal ring is a flexible ring that you insert into your vagina yourself. If the ring is used correctly, it’s just as reliable as the pill.

How does it work?

The contraceptive ring releases a small amount of hormones every day. One ring protects you against pregnancy for a month.

How to use it

  • Keep the ring in your vagina for 3 weeks in a row.
  • Remove the ring after 3 weeks. Don’t use one the next week. This is called the ‘ring-free interval’ and is when you’ll have your period. In the ring-free week you’re also protected against pregnancy.
  • Start with a new ring after the ring-free week.

Where can you get the vaginal ring?

You can ask your doctor or Sense for a prescription for the vaginal ring. You can get the rings at a pharmacy.


The ring will make your period regular. You can delay your period by skipping your ring-free week. In that case, start with a new ring straight after the 3 weeks.


  • You only have to think about it twice a month.
  • You know when you'll have your period.
  • You can postpone your period.
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea do not affect its reliability.
  • The ring is invisible.


  • Sometimes you may have side effects such as headaches and tender breasts.
  • You could forget to insert a new ring at the right moment..
  • The ring doesn’t protect against STIs.
  • A slightly higher risk (in comparison with the pill) of serious side effects such as blood clots.
  • If you don't like touching your vagina, the ring may not be the right choice for you.

When do you run the risk of pregnancy?

If you inserted your new ring too late (your ring-free interval was longer than 7 days).
If you keep your ring in for longer than 4 weeks.


Remember: The ring doesn’t protect against STIs. To prevent STIs you must use condoms.