If you’re sexually active and want to avoid becoming pregnant but don’t want to have to take a pill regularly, see the experts at Vine Family Medicine in Keller, Texas. Family medicine specialists Ochuele Odumosu, MD, and Oluwaseun Odumosu, MD, offer Nexplanon® hormonal birth control implants that nearly eliminate the risk of becoming pregnant. Call the office to learn more, or schedule an appointment online today.
Nexplanon is a prescription, long-acting birth control option for preventing pregnancy in women. It’s a flexible implant that’s about the size of a matchstick. Your Vine Family Medicine specialist places the implant beneath the skin of your upper arm, and Nexplanon is more than 99% effective for preventing pregnancies.
Nexplanon works to prevent pregnancy by releasing a steady dose of hormones, thickening cervical mucus, thinning the uterine lining, and suppressing ovulation. It’s a convenient birth control option for women who prefer not to take birth control pills. Your provider can remove the implant at any time if you decide to try to get pregnant.
However, Nexplanon doesn’t protect you against developing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Many women can enjoy the benefits of using Nexplanon as a birth control option. Your Vine Family Medicine provider discusses your lifestyle, medical history, and birth control preferences before letting you know if Nexplanon is a good match.
If you have a history of certain medical problems, such as blood clots, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, liver disease, or abnormal genital bleeding, they may recommend alternative birth control options.
The Vine Family Medicine team determines the most appropriate timing for Nexplanon insertion based on your menstrual cycle. You might first need to take a pregnancy test before undergoing the procedure.
During Nexplanon implant insertion, your provider numbs the treatment area and inserts the implant device underneath the skin in your upper arm. They then cover the treatment area with a small bandage. The procedure is fast and painless, taking just a few minutes to complete.
Afterward, you may experience some bleeding, redness, and tenderness at the insertion site for a short time.
Unless you develop complications or would like to become pregnant, a Nexplanon birth control implant can prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Your provider replaces it as needed to continue offering protection from becoming pregnant if that’s your goal.
To learn more about Nexplanon and find out if it’s right for you, call the Vine Family Medicine office or use the online booking feature today.