It is not just the pill or the IUD: the range of contraceptive means is widening with the patch or the vaginal ring. If they all have the same goal – to fight against pill forgetting – how do you find the one that suits you best?
The main advantage of these new generation contraceptives is that they are less restrictive than the pill: you don’t have to think about it every day if you want to avoid pregnancy. They also have the advantage of being less estrogen dosed and have few undesirable effects, a priori …
But most importantly, they widen the choice: a woman who is tired of swallowing the pill every day now has a whole range of substitute products available.
What is the difference between vaginal ring and diaphragm?
This flexible transparent ring, marketed in pharmacies under the name NuvaRing ®, has nothing to do with the diaphragm and other cervical caps of yesteryear, which mechanically blocked the cervix while the ring releases estrogen-progestogen hormones. It works for three weeks, then it is taken off, which triggers the period. Installation and removal are very easy.
Another advantage is that the ring, although low in dosage, is as safe as the pill. In addition, since it contains estrogen, it makes the vaginal mucous membranes less dry in women in the period of premenopause. Only downside, irritation or vaginal discharge which is attributable to it in 5% of cases.
Can a patch be a really reliable contraceptive?
One thing is certain: it is very easy to use! Teenage girls find it “fun” because it is less “medical” in appearance. It sticks where you want on very dry skin. We keep it for seven days and change it every week, three times in a row, then we take a week’s break, as with the classic pill. And for the distracted, it remains effective for 48 hours when you forget to change it.
Tested in a sauna, the Evra ® patch showed a risk of detachment limited to 1 or 2%. It also supports showers, baths, a swimming pool, and a hammam. Therefore, nothing to fear from the efficiency point of view. The only reservations: in 2.5% of cases, it causes skin irritation or even tension in the breasts. Last but not least, ring and patch (€ 15 per month on average) are not covered by Social Security!