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Is the ring bad for the environment because of the hormones in female urine?

Any method is better than no method when it comes to the environment.
Some of the hormones from the ring will enter the environment through a woman’s urine. But it is smaller than other sources of estrogen in the environment. Estrogen from industrial and manufacturing processes, fertilizers and pesticides, and the drugs given to animals all enter the environment in larger amounts than the estrogen in a woman’s urine from the ring.
If you do not want to add hormones to the environment or your body, there are options for you. Natural latex condoms and the copper IUD are both good options. Whatever you decide, pick a method and keep using it.
Still not working? If would like to use a very effective method without any hormones, try the non-hormonal IUD.


  1. World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (2018) Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers. Baltimore and Geneva. Retrieved from https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/260156/9780999203705-eng.pdf?sequence=1

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