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.