The vaginal ring is a combined hormonal contraception method containing oestreogen and progestogen. It is inserted into the vaginal for 21 days, after which you remove it (and throw it away) to have a 7 day ring-free break, during which you will have a withdrawal bleed.
Alternatively, you can use the vaginal ring continuously to skip your withdrawal bleed, just like the combined pill, and replace your ring after 21 days with a new one.
The vaginal ring can be a bit fiddly to get used to, and if you’ve previously used a menstrual cup or diaphragm you may be more used to getting in the right position to insert it correctly. Don’t worry, you’ll be a pro in no time after watching Dr Becky’s explainer video.