What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam and Pap smear while on this medicine.
Use an additional method of contraception during the first cycle that you use this ring. Do not use a diaphragm or female condom, as the ring can interfere with these birth control methods and their proper placement.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop using this medicine right away and contact your doctor or health care professional.
If you are using this medicine for hormone related problems, it may take several cycles of use to see improvement in your condition.
This medicine can make your body retain fluid, making your fingers, hands, or ankles swell. Your blood pressure can go up. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you feel you are retaining fluid.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
If you wear contact lenses and notice visual changes, or if the lenses begin to feel uncomfortable, consult your eye care specialist.
In some women, tenderness, swelling, or minor bleeding of the gums may occur. Notify your dentist if this happens. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly may help limit this. See your dentist regularly and inform your dentist of the medicines you are taking.
If you are going to have elective surgery, you may need to stop using this medicine before the surgery. Consult your health care professional for advice.
This medicine does not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
changes in skin color
chest pain or discomfort
gaseous stomach pain
inability to speak
numbness of the hands
pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially calves of the legs
pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
pounding in the ears
prominent superficial veins over the affected area with tenderness and warmth
severe headache of sudden onset
slow or fast heartbeat
stomach pain or tenderness usually after eating a meal
sudden loss of coordination
sudden onset of slurred speech
sudden vision changes
sudden and severe weakness in the arm or leg on one side
swelling of the foot or leg on one side of the body
vomiting with or without blood
yellow eyes or skin
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
itching of the vagina or genital area
pain during sexual intercourse
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
stuffy or runny nose
thick, white vaginal discharge with or without a mild odor
tightness of the chest
false or unusual sense of well-being
quick to react or overreact emotionally
rapidly changing moods, mild feeling of sadness or discouragement that come and go
Incidence not known
Absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods
bloody vaginal discharge
brown, blotchy spots on exposed skin
contact lens intolerance
decreased amount or quality of milk
fruit-like or unpleasant breath odor
loss of appetite
medium to heavy, irregular vaginal bleeding between regular monthly periods, which may require the use of a pad or a tampon
soreness, swelling, or discharge from the breast or breasts
trouble getting pregnant
unexplained weight loss
unusual tiredness or weakness
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.