This medication is a hormone-based contraceptive. Typically, it is used to prevent pregnancy. It may also have other uses. Even though you may not feel its effects, this medication takes effect after a few days.
The active ingredients in this product are contained in a flexible vaginal ring. Usually, this contraceptive method is based on a 28-day cycle; 3 weeks with a ring, then 1 week without. Always start a new cycle with a new ring. Your health care professional may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you.
If the ring is removed or expelled, if you forget to change your ring or if you start a cycle late, contact your pharmacist who can help advise you on what to do next.
In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:
Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.
Keep this product in the refrigerator or at room temperature, it will remain effective for 4 months only. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight.
You are advised not to smoke when taking hormonal contraceptives. Smoking increases the risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The risks increase with age and with as few as 15 cigarettes a day. The increased risks are significant enough that after the age of 35, smokers should change their contraceptive method.
This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.
When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:
It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.
Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.