Ring

How it works:

The birth control ring is a flexible ring that is placed (by you) inside your vagina. It prevents pregnancy by releasing the hormones estrogen and progestin. Like the birth control pill, these hormones stop ovulation, which means there is no egg for sperm to fertilize. It also makes it more difficult for sperm to swim and meet an egg. When changed on time every month, the birth control ring is greater than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. However, in real life about 9 in 100 women will get pregnant if they forget to change it on time, every month, which reduces its effectiveness to 91%.

Perks:

  • Can reduce acne

  • Can make periods regular

  • Eases cramps

  • Easy to keep private

  • Can stop using it on your own

Drawbacks:

  • Must remember to place a new ring on time, every month

  • Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)