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How do I insert the vaginal ring?

Last updated on September 1, 2020

It’s easy and simple to insert the ring, but it’s normal to feel nervous. Start by washing your hands with soap and water. We recommend taking a deep breath and focus on relaxing your pelvic floor (tip: think about “releasing” the muscles that control your bladder). When ready, squeeze the sides of the ring together with your thumb and index fingers. Gently insert the folded ring into your vagina and push it further up your vagina with your index finger. Alternatively, some ring brands provide an applicator to ease the process of insertion. Don’t worry about finding a perfect placement; as long as you don’t feel it when walking around, it’s in the right spot for you.

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