Does the vaginal ring have any side effects?

The vaginal ring carries the same risk of side effects as other birth control methods that contain estrogen and progesterone. This includes a risk of blood clots, breast tenderness, nausea, headache and development of high blood pressure. Combined birth control (ones that have both estrogen and progesterone) can increase the risk of stroke or heart disease in certain women with other medical conditions.
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
Side effects may include vaginal discomfort or discharge, nausea, vomiting, depression, high blood pressure, blood clots, breakthrough bleeding, spotting, changes in menstrual flow, and missed periods. Other side effects may include breast tenderness, enlargement, or secretion. 

While it releases lower levels of hormones, the vaginal ring carries some health risks similar to those of birth control pills. Complications are rare, but they include heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, liver tumors, and jaundice, a yellowing of the skin. 

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The vaginal ring is a contraceptive device inserted and left inside the vagina for three weeks, during which time estrogen and progesterone hormones are absorbed from the device. Your doctor will try to find the most effective, lo...

west dose and use it for the least possible time to prevent side effects. When used correctly it is up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

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