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The once-monthly vaginal ring for birth control is a great option for those who don’t want to take a pill every day or change a patch every week. 

Subscribe to EveAdam and buy the vaginal contraceptive ring online, delivered from a US pharmacy, with refills as you need them.

From $170.15 per month


If both a daily pill and a multi-year IUD feel like too much commitment, the ring might be the perfect birth control for you. Just insert it once a month and you’re good to go — no daily alarms needed. And once you’ve mastered the ropes, you can insert and remove it by yourself. 

We’re EveAdam, and giving you control over your birth control is what we do. With an EveAdam account, you can buy the birth control ring online and have it delivered right to your door, with refills coming on a schedule you set. Just start a consultation so a licensed doctor can review your medical history and birth control needs, pick your contraception from the doctor’s suggestions and we’ll send it off to our preferred online pharmacy to be filled. For the ring, we do recommend you visit your doctor or gynecologist in person before inserting it the first time, just so you know you’re doing it right. Other than that, though? All online, from the comfort of your home.

What is the birth control ring?

The vaginal ring is a hormonal birth control method, like the pill or the patch. It’s a combined method containing both progestin and estrogen hormones, and it protects you from becoming pregnant unexpectedly.

The ring is inserted into the vagina. It’s worn for three weeks out of every four, and the ring-free week is when you have your period. Because it requires so little effort to protect you, it’s a great low-maintenance option for women who don’t want to fuss with a pill every day.[1]

You can’t use a diaphragm, cervical cap or female condom while using the ring, but condoms, menstrual cups and tampons are perfectly fine.

How does the birth control ring work?

The vaginal ring works in the same way as the combined birth control pill: by releasing hormones into your body. But instead of every day, like with the pill, the hormones in the ring are steadily released into your bloodstream over the three weeks you have it inserted.

The ring protects you from becoming pregnant by stopping ovulation. (That’s when an egg is released from the ovary.) Pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, which becomes thicker every month so it’s more welcoming. By stopping an egg from being released, the ring makes pregnancy less likely. It also changes the mucus in your cervix, so sperm are blocked from reaching the egg. 

The hormones in the ring also keep the uterine lining from getting thicker, so the egg can’t attach easily. This last bit is what makes periods lighter for women who take hormonal birth control. 

Do you need a prescription to get the birth control ring?

Yes. Before you use any hormonal contraception, you have to talk with a doctor to make sure it’s right for you. There are lots of different types of hormonal birth control, and people can react to them differently based on their medical history, lifestyle and unique body. 

You can get a prescription for the birth control ring online with EveAdam. We have a simple, straightforward process that lets you get the birth control you need delivered right to your door.

How can I buy birth control rings online by subscription?

When you start your EveAdam consultation, you’ll fill out a profile and answer a series of questions about your medical history and birth control needs. A licensed physician will review the information and suggest several birth control options that they think could be a fit for you. Once you’ve picked one out, a prescription will be generated and sent electronically to our preferred pharmacy, GoGoMeds. Then your birth control is popped in the mail, ready to arrive at your door in 2-5 business days. We use secure shipping and discreet packaging. 

Part of your EveAdam subscription is getting refills when you need them, shipped on a schedule you set within your profile. We’ll check in on you after 12 months to make sure you’re still satisfied with the birth control you’ve been taking but other than that, you don’t need to reach out unless you have questions. No chasing anybody for refills or constant prescription renewals — just birth control, delivered. 

And if you ever want to change, pause or cancel your plan, we make that really simple too.

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Dr Bruce Oran
Dr Bruce Oran
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Last updated November 19, 2021


Etonogestrel, ethinyl estradiol


A ring you insert once a month, with the same hormones as the combined pill.



When to start using the vaginal ring

When to insert the vaginal ring depends on whether you’re already using hormonal birth control or not.

If you aren’t currently on hormonal birth control, you’ll insert the ring on the first day of your period. You’ll be protected straight away. If you wait to insert the ring until the second through fifth day of your period, though, you should use condoms for the following week as your protection won’t start immediately. Whenever you’re using additional protection, don’t use a second hormonal method — just use condoms.

If you’ve been taking the combined pill, insert the ring the day after taking any pill in the pack.

If you’re switching from the patch, insert the ring on the day you remove the patch. You don’t want to have a gap in your coverage.

If you’ve been getting the depo shot, you can insert the ring up to 15 weeks after your last injection.

Let the doctor know if you’re switching from another birth control method during your consultation.

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[1] Novák, A., de la Loge, C., Abetz, L. and van der Meulen, E.A. (2003). The combined contraceptive vaginal ring, NuvaRing®: an international study of user acceptability. Contraception, 67(3), pp.187–194.


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[2] Roumen, F.J.M.E., Apter, D., Mulders, T.M.T. and Dieben, T.O.M. (2001). Efficacy, tolerability and acceptability of a novel contraceptive vaginal ring releasing etonogestrel and ethinyl oestradiol. Human Reproduction, 16(3), pp.469–475.


[Accessed 2nd July]