NuvaRing: “You Put That…There?!”

So Alex and I were watching Modern Family on Hulu and all of a sudden a commercial popped up for NuvaRing. We thought it would be a normal commercial where they ramble off side effects and what not. FALSE. It featured two girls hanging out at some concert just casually talking about NuvaRing. Let me play out this conversation for you:

Girl 1: Oh the band is coming on at 4, I totes need to take my pill.

Girl 2: You’re still on the pill?

Girl 1: Duh like there aren’t any other contraceptive options, aren’t you?

Girl 2: No my doctor gave me this plastic vaginal ring.

Girl 1: Shhhh you can’t say vaginal we’re at a concert!

Girl 2: Well it’s so easy you just stick it up there.

Girl 1: I don’t think I can stick one of those up there.

Girl 2: You just squeeze it and put it in and then you hook it and pull it out.

Girl 1: Oh so like this? (Makes stupid hand gestures)

BUT WAIT. So then these two dudes who are picnicking at this concert together as well see this hand gesture and think the girls are waving at them so they do it back. Um. What?

This commercial is one out of three in NuvaRing’s Oh! series, which you can watch here. They’re all super creepy. If you’re on NuvaRing, great! You have chosen a contraceptive method that works for you. If you’re on the pill, that’s great too! But why is it that NuvaRing makes taking a pill out to be some extraordinary hassle? It makes taking the pill seem like how painful the Snuggie commercial shows using a regular blanket. And why are these girls talking about vaginal rings at a concert around a bunch of people? That ain’t right!

It made me feel worse than a stupid tampon commercial where the girls are wearing white and twirling through a field of daisies. Can’t we just get back to normal commercials that explain the benefits and side effects? Sure, those aren’t the sexiest commercials, but these new ones are weird and are making everyone uncomfortable. Almost as uncomfortable as shoving a plastic ring up your hoo-ha.

What are your thoughts on these commercials? Do you use NuvaRing? Is it really that much better than taking the pill?

[Image via NuvaRing]

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts and is now working for an awesome company in New York City. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!



  1. Alli says:

    I'm on Nuva, and it's honestly the best choice I could've made! I have horrible memory problems, and not having to set thirteen alarms a day to remember one microscopic yet life-changingly important item is a huge weight off my shoulders! I always get looks when I talk about it with my friend; but I understand, I use to feel the same way before I tried it. Honestly, I don't feel it – unless I have bronchitis and I'm hacking up a lung; then I might have to 'adjust' things. It's super simple, easier to remember and a huge help for my already hectic life. I've been on nuva for about a year, and I have no regrets (:

    1. Caitlin-University of Alabama says:

      Glad to hear it works for you!

  2. Kate says:

    I've been on the NuvaRing for about two years now, and I'd never go back to the pill. I was bad at remembering taking my pill, even after setting alarms on my phone. It's so convenient. I even have an app on my phone that reminds me when to take it out, and it will remind me periodically throughout the day until I say I've taken it out. Another awesome bonus is that my period is only 2 days long, 3 at the max. I know people are weird about it, I'm pretty sure my friends thought I was a freak for using it, but screw them. It's not that hard or weird to put in. I know some people use a tampon applicator to put it in too, so that's another option. Bottom line, don't knock it til you try it.

    1. Caitlin-University of Alabama says:

      Not knocking it, just knocking the commercials. I feel like birth control commercials, NuvaRing or not, are just obnoxious these days.

  3. Espy says:

    Lol that commercial is so stupid

  4. I'm on the pill. I take tit when I brush my teeth. Simples.

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  6. slw says:

    I don't know why people are so weird about touching their OWN bodies. You would almost certainly let a man put himself in you, but not your own fingers? Women are so weird!

  7. Lynn says:

    I just tried nuvaring this month… and i am never ever going back to the pill. It's great because you put it on, ( took me a week to get over the weirdness of wearing something inside my vagina) but have forgotten about it for the rest of the month. If your dude or you happen to feel it during sex, you just take it off, wash it with cool water (never hot water) and put it back on. It can be outside your body for up to 3 hours.

    For me it's cheaper than the pill, i just set an alarm to remind me when to put it on/take it off and is completly discreet (being back home for the weekends and having to figure how to take the pill without my parents noticing was a pain)

  8. Aily says:

    The commercial does sound weird. Only creeps have those conversation at a concert. I don't use NuvaRing, but I use Mirena. I was on the pill first, but it made me gag and I tend to lost apetite plus I sometimes forgot about it. The Mirena was a bit expensive, but it's a good investment and it's a better pregancy protection than any other birth control system.

  9. Charise says:

    It featured two girls hanging out at some concert just casually talking about NuvaRing. Let me play out this conversation for you:

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