The ring only works properly if you are really really serious about making sure you use it consistently. That means you HAVE to use it for a full 3 weeks, and remove it for a week, and then right back on schedule after exactly 7 days. If you are off by a day or two, you might release and egg and could get pregnant if you have sex.
Also, and this is REALLY IMPORTANT, if you aren’t totally consistent with using the ring like this, the hormone levels will be all over the place and you might have spotting. It takes a while for your body to get used to the hormones in the ring, and during the first few months you might get a little spotting. It shouldn’t last more than 6 months. If it does, your Dr will want to make sure that the inside of your vagina isn’t getting irritated by the ring and bleeding a little bit (not common, but it can happen). She also will make sure that you don’t have an infection that is causing the spotting. The ring helps prevent pregnancy, but does nothing to prevent sexually transmitted infections. So you need that condom every time to help prevent infections.
How exactly to use a condom so it doesn’t break and does its job? Click HERE.
Anything questions? That’s what the comments below are for – go ahead, leave a comment or question (anonymous is totally cool) and I will clarify for you.