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New Birth Control Device Approved For Women: NuvaRing

On Oct. 4, 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new option for birth control called NuvaRing.  This is a small, flexible vaginal ring coated with hormones.  Like birth control pills, NuvaRing releases estrogen and progestin to provide contraception. The difference from the pill is in the delivery -- while birth control pills must be taken orally every day, NuvaRing is inserted like a diaphragm and releases its hormones continuously, in a lower dose than the pill.  NuvaRing is inserted once a month and removed after 21 days, after which a normal period begins.  A visit to the gynecologist is necessary for a prescription, but it is not needed for insertion or removal. 

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Created: 10/6/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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