NuvaRing: How it Works & Infertility 


NuvaRing is a device that women use to prevent pregnancy for three weeks at a time. After the three weeks has concluded, the device should be removed and replaced after a week. During the one week break, the woman will have her monthly period.

How Does it Work?

NuvaRing has two different hormones included in it, estrogen and progestin. These hormones work together to prevent pregnancy. They are administered in low doses, continuously to prevent pregnancy from occurring. It is 99% effective, easy to administer and easy to remove.

For the most part, as soon as you remove the device, it will stop working. This means you will need to use an alternate form of birth control if you are not planning to replace the device or become pregnant. While this is true for many women, there is a chance that temporary infertility could occur.



When a woman is ready to become pregnant, the first step is to remove the device. However, there is a chance that the woman will experience temporary infertility after the device has been removed. Luckily, most women only experience this for a month or two. After this point, their ovulation cycle returns and they are able to become pregnant.

Unfortunately, there are some women who experience long-term infertility. However, this is not necessarily caused by the device itself, but by other medical conditions the woman may have. Usually, the main issue women experience is struggling to ovulate. This is usually caused when the woman’s hormones are out of balance.


Before treatment can be administered it is best to determine exactly what is causing your infertility. For example, many women suffer from infertility because they are not able to ovulate. Ovulation is a crucial part of becoming pregnant because this is when the woman’s egg is released.

To determine if you are ovulating, you should use either an ovulation predictor kit or a basal thermometer. Both of these tools are used daily and are extremely effective at determining if you are ovulating. If you find you are ovulating, make sure you are having intercourse during the time you are testing positive for ovulation.

For those who find they are not ovulating, talk to your doctor. There are many prescription medications that can help ensure you are able to begin ovulating again. Along with prescription medications, you doctor may suggest lifestyle changes or over the counter supplements to help with the process of becoming pregnant.

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