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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-44459

Merki-Feld, G S; Hund, M (2010). Clinical experience with the combined contraceptive vaginal ring in Switzerland, including a subgroup analysis of previous hormonal contraceptive use. European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 15(6):413-422.

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OBJECTIVE: To collect data on cycle and cycle-related symptoms during a second clinical experience programme with the contraceptive vaginal ring (NuvaRing®) in Switzerland.

METHODS: Women requiring contraception were recruited by gynaecologists. Questionnaires were used to collect data on cycle and related symptoms, weight, satisfaction and adverse events at baseline and follow-up (typically four cycles).

RESULTS: Of the 1053 women included, 36.9% were starters, 22.4% starters anew, and 40.6% switchers. At follow-up, improvement in cycle regularity was significantly better for starters compared with switchers (18.5% versus 11%; p < 0.001). Starters showed the greatest improvement in bleeding duration and severity. Improvement in the severity of premenstrual symptoms (PMS) and dysmenorrhoea was significantly (p  < 0.001) greater in starters compared with switchers (18.5% vs. 9.1% and 26.5% vs. 9.8%, respectively). Menstrual headache improved in all subgroups. Women were satisfied with changes in weight (92%), cycle control (93.6%) and PMS (86%). Adverse events were reported for 17.5% of women and were most frequently ring-related (such as feeling the ring in situ, vaginal discomfort, ring expulsion).

CONCLUSIONS: The data support previous findings that the vaginal ring improves cycle-related symptoms (moderate or severe PMS, dysmenorrhoea, and menstrual headache). Not only starters experienced improvements in symptoms; switchers also benefited.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Reproductive Endocrinology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:December 2010
Deposited On:08 Feb 2011 09:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:42
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
Publisher DOI:10.3109/13625187.2010.524717
PubMed ID:21028953

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