vaginal ring

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vaginal ring

a silicon ring impregnated with a drug (for example, estrogen) designed for sustained release.

vaginal ring

Gynecology An annular contraceptive device inserted in the vagina before coitus, which slowly releases levonorgestrel or progesterone. See Norplant, Pearl index. Cf Female condom.

vag·i·nal ring

(vaj'i-năl ring)
A silicon ring impregnated with a drug (e.g., estrogen) designed for sustained release.
Synonym(s): vaginal pouch.


pertaining to the vagina, the tunica vaginalis testis, or to any sheath.

vaginal annulus
see annulus vaginalis.
vaginal aplasia
manifested by imperforate hymen or residual strands of hymen. See imperforate hymen.
vaginal aspiration
use of a suction apparatus to collect a sample of vaginal fluid for culture, cytological or immunological examination.
vaginal biopsy
collection of a sample of mucosa by a pinch biopsy instrument for histopathological examination.
vaginal constriction
inherited defect in Jersey cows combined with anal constriction, sometimes with rectovaginal fistula.
vaginal cyclic changes
see vaginal cytology (below).
vaginal cystocele
the urinary bladder is lying on the floor of the vagina; the displacement has been via the urethra by eversion or via a tear in the floor of the vagina.
vaginal cytology
cyclic changes in the exfoliated epithelial cells of the vaginal mucosa occurring synchronously with the stages of the estrous cycle; collection of samples by the use of a swab and laboratory examination of a smear is a useful aid in determining the most appropriate time to mate a bitch.
vaginal fornix
see vaginal fornix.
vaginal hypoplasia segmental
see müllerian duct aplasia.
vaginal inflammation
see vaginitis (1).
vaginal neoplasm
include papilloma, sarcoma, myxofibroma.
vaginal process
an outpocketing of the peritoneum into the gubernaculum at the site of the future inguinal canal in the male fetus; becomes the tunica vagina of the adult.
vaginal prolapse
see vaginal prolapse.
vaginal retainer
see bearing retainer.
vaginal ring
see annulus vaginalis.
vaginal rupture
occurs during mating, dystocia, insemination, or by sadistic or malicious trauma. Results in peritonitis or cellulitis of the pelvic fascia.
vaginal smear
examination of the cells in a smear is used as an aid in predicting the time of ovulation, which may be useful in selecting the optimal date for breeding.
vaginal stricture
cicatricial contraction after traumatic injury.
vaginal tunic
the double peritoneal fold which encloses the spermatic cord and the testis; made up of a visceral layer which is adherent to the testis and cord, and a parietal layer which lines the scrotum and the inguinal canal.
vaginal vestibule
entrance to the vagina enclosed between the lips of the vulva, the labia minor. Connects the vagina at the external urethral orifice to the external genital opening; develops from the embryonic urogenital sinus.
vaginal wash
irrigation of the vagina with sterile saline can be used to recover cells, which are stained and examined microscopically to monitor estrus.
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The study also demonstrated a direct relationship between user satisfaction and correct and continued use of the vaginal ring: satisfied users were twice as likely to use the contraceptive vaginal ring correctly compared to women who reported dissatisfaction, and five times as likely to use the ring for a full year.
About two-thirds of some 100 vaginal ring users, compared with fewer than half of some 100 COC users, reported expected bleeding patterns during all their cycles.
Replens is obviously insufficient and my doctor has suggested an estradiol vaginal ring, which apparently is even prescribed to women who have had breast cancer.
This study by Population Council provides the first efficacy data on the delivery of a microbicide from a vaginal ring, and indicates strong potential for the success of such rings in women.
Only 20 percent requested shorter-acting options such as the pill, a vaginal ring or a skin patch.
Development of other microbicide formulations is ongoing, including an advanced study of the efficacy of a monthly vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral dapivirine, which could at a later stage be combined with contraceptive hormones as a dual contraception/HIV prevention method.
Preinsertion serum estradiol levels in vaginal ring users averaged 14.
New contraceptive methods, such as the patch, the vaginal ring and the progestin-only IUD--all approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001--give women more contraceptive choices and should improve women's success in avoiding pregnancy.
Two new hormonal contraceptive devices -- a vaginal ring and a skin patch -- have been approved by the U.