National Women’s Health Network Applauds Approval of New Contraceptive
Washington, D.C. — Today the FDA approved Annovera, a new vaginal ring contraceptive system that provides protection against pregnancy for up to one year. “We’re excited that there’s a new contraceptive option that is not only long-lasting, but can be controlled by the user. That’s an important advance,” stated Cynthia Pearson.
The vaginal contraceptive system, developed by the Population Council, utilizes a new progesterone derivative, segesterone acetate, in combination with ethinyl estradiol, a hormone that has been used in previous vaginal rings. While the NuvaRing is only effective for a month, Annovera is designed to be effective for 12 months with monthly removal and reinsertion. This makes the device not only more affordable, but also better for the environment since less material is thrown away. Unlike other vaginal contraceptive systems, Annovera requires no refrigeration.
“Many people like long-lasting contraceptives, but no one likes being stuck with a contraceptive they want to stop using”, said Pearson. “IUDs and implants require clinicians for both insertion and removal. In contrast, Annovera is a long-acting contraceptive that patients can both insert and remove themselves.”
“We’re pleased that the FDA followed the science and approved a new contraceptive option and we look forward to more decisions like this in the future. People are depending on the FDA to rely on evidence, not politics to make decisions about reproductive health drugs and devices,” added Pearson.
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Evita Almassi, MSW, served as the Communications and Digital Marketing Manager for the NWHN. Her 10+ years in nonprofit communications – especially with social media advocacy campaigns – enabled the NWHN to reach and empower more women in their health education and advocacy journeys.