Relatively little effort each month
If you’re the kind of person who would have trouble remembering to take a pill every day, the ring might be a good option. You only need to remember to do something twice a month. And we can help you with that.
You’re comfortable with your body
If you’re not okay with putting your fingers inside yourself, the ring probably isn’t for you. It’s a lot like putting in a tampon, though: If you can do that, you’re good to go.
Skipping Aunt Flo
If you want, the ring allows you to skip your period altogether, which BTW, is totally safe. Consider the possibilities!
Storage and privacy
If you’re storing the ring for more than 4 months, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. So if you don’t want anyone to know you’re using it, this could be a problem. Also, some partners say they can feel the ring when you’re having sex. If that’s a problem, you can take the ring out during sex— just make sure to put it back in within 3 hours, and only do this once within 24 hours.
A lower dose of hormones
The ring uses a lower dose of hormones than other methods, so there may be fewer negative side effects.
Smokers over 35, beware
For those over 35 years old, smoking while using the ring increases the risk of certain side effects. If you’re younger, why not quit smoking now and save yourself the trouble in the future?
Blood clots: should I be worried?
There has been lot of hype about the ring and blood clots. The truth is that for most people, your risk of blood clots while using the ring is still very low. There are some genetic and medical conditions that increase your risk, so check with a medical provider if you’re worried.
The pregnancy question
You’ll return to fertility (that’s just another way of saying you’ll go back to being able to get pregnant) pretty darn quickly after you go off the ring. So don’t take any chances. If you’re not ready for a baby, protect yourself with another method.