It’s funny to say, but the ring almost has a sixth sense for getting itself into the right place. If you insert the ring and can’t feel it, you’ve got it in correctly.
Birth control ring
In a word, no. The best way to guard against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) if you’re having sex is still the good ol’ condom. If you’re concerned about both pregnancy and STIs, doubling up with the ring and condoms is a great option.
Unless you’re in a totally exclusive relationship and you and your partner have both been tested recently for every single STI, you should definitely use condoms with whatever other birth control method you choose. Using a condom with another form of birth control is called dual protection. It means you’re being super-safe and protecting yourself against both pregnancy and STIs.
A cyst is basically a bubble—a collection of fluid with a thin wall around it. Functional cysts are formed when a follicle (the fluid-filled sac that develops around an egg during ovulation) grows larger than expected. Sometimes they can cause un-fun symptoms like abdominal discomfort, pelvic pain, pain during bowel movements, or pain during sex. Most cysts disappear on their own, but if they keep growing they can cause severe pelvic pain or pain that causes dizziness or fainting and comes with a fever or vomiting. If you have any of these severe symptoms, go see your health care provider ASAP. Some hormonal birth control methods—the ones that work by blocking ovulation—may mean fewer ovarian cysts. If you tend to get cysts, your provider might recommend you try a method like the pill, the ring, the patch, or the shot.
Whether it’s the shot, the pill, the patch, or the ring, lots of people have a hard time remembering to stay on top of their method. And with busy lives and a million other things on our minds, who can blame us?
If you struggle to remember to take your pill, change your patch or ring, or get your shot, we recommend trying out our reminder app. It’s easy to use, free, and features cheeky, entertaining content with every reminder. Life can be stressful—remembering your birth control shouldn’t be.
There’s a chance you’re not inserting the ring correctly.
Try this: Use an empty tampon inserter to push it in all the way.
Yes, you can use the ring to skip your period. Just change the ring every four weeks without taking a 1-week break.
We have reminders to help you change your ring on time. If you decide not to take it out for the break week, just pay attention to the “ring in” day. You’ll take the old one out and put the new one in on that day.
To take the ring out, hook your finger on the lower edge and pull. Simple as that. For more information on getting the ring in and out, take a look at our How to Use It section on the ring.