The vaginal ring
The vaginal ring sits high in the vagina and works in the same way as the Pill to prevent an egg being released each month.
The vaginal ring has in it the same two hormones that are in some types of the Pill. It is 99.7 per cent effective if it is used perfectly. Because it is not always used perfectly, nearly one in ten women (9 per cent) using a vaginal ring may still get pregnant.
The ring is placed high in the vagina and left in place for three weeks. It is removed for one week to allow you to have a regular monthly bleed. A new ring is then inserted.
It is not listed on the PBS (Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme).
Where to get more information
- Your local doctor (GP)
- Women’s Welcome Centre (Victoria only)
Tel: (03) 8345 3037 or 1800 442 007 (rural callers
- Family Planning Victoria
Tel: (03) 9257 0116. If you are under 25, you can also call the Action Centre (03) 9660 4700 or 1800 013 952 (rural callers)
Contraception - Your choices
If you're having sex and don't want to get pregnant, you need contraception. Contraception is also called birth control or family planning. This fact sheet discusses your options.
- Contraception - Your choices
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