What's okay to put in your vagina:
- A penis. Intercourse will not push the ring up into your pelvis, or to any place where you can't retrieve it. And semen/sperm will not diminish the ring's effectiveness.
- A vibrator or other toys. Same as above.
- Tampons. Ditto.
- Medication. It's fine to treat a yeast infection with over-the-counter creams like Monistat, or to treat vaginosis with prescription MetroGel. You don't need to rinse the ring off afterward, either - the medication will all absorb eventually.
- The ring before sex. If sex is uncomfortable with the ring in place, just take it out. It sounds counterintuitive, to take out your birth control before having sex. But the ring works its magic by turning off your ovaries - and the hormones will remain in your system after the ring comes out. You can remove the ring for up to three hours without losing effectiveness (and if anyone is having sex longer than three hours, please share your good fortune with the rest of us!). Just be sure to put it back in before you roll over and go to sleep.
- Increased discharge. It doesn't mean you have an infection - it's just your vagina's way of reducing friction with the ring in place. Think of it as more lubrication for sex.