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Spotlight on Nexplanon: Implantable Contraceptive

If you’re sexually active and don’t want to become pregnant, there are two major options to choose from: condoms and contraceptives.

There are many options for birth control and contraceptives. New birth-control pills or designs are frequently being introduced to the market, and it can be difficult to be sure what’s right for you, what will fit your lifestyle, and what will make you feel the most confident that you’re not getting pregnant.

From pills and patches to IUDs (intrauterine devices) and implants, women of all ages have a wide variety of birth control options to choose from. One of the most popular contraceptives is the Nexplanon® implant. 

What Is the Nexplanon Arm Implant?

Nexplanon is a tiny, thin rod that’s about the size of a matchstick. For up to 3 years, it continues to release hormones into your body to prevent pregnancy.

The small implant is placed in your upper arm by a physician or a medical professional. It is over 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, according to its manufacturer.

How Does the Birth Control Implant Work?

Nexplanon is similar to Implanon. The rod is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It releases the hormone progestin to prevent you from getting pregnant.

The progestin hormone prevents pregnancy in two ways. First, it causes the mucus on your cervix to thicken, which prevents sperm from swimming through to your egg. Without fertilization from the sperm, pregnancy can’t happen. Second, progestin can stop eggs from leaving your ovaries so there’s no egg to fertilize.

How Long Does the Nexplanon Birth Control Implant Last?

The implant lasts for up to 3 years and must then be removed by a medical professional. Your doctor can remove the implant sooner if you decide you want to try getting pregnant, or if you just don’t want the implant anymore. Pregnancy is quickly possible after the implant is removed.

How Effective Is the Birth Control Implant?

If you get Nexplanon implanted during the first few days of your period, it helps to protect against pregnancy right away. If the implant is inserted during other times of your menstrual cycle, it could take up to a week before it starts working.

The Nexplanon arm implant is one of the safest, most effective, and most convenient methods of birth control available. There’s no pill to remember (or forget) to take, so there’s nothing else to be done for 3 years.

Does the Birth Control Implant Prevent STDs?

Nexplanon doesn’t protect you or a partner against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Therefore, it is recommended that you use condoms or female condoms every time you have sex in order to significantly reduce your chances of getting or spreading STDs.

Contact an OB/GYN in Miramar Today

If you’re considering getting the Nexplanon contraceptive implant or any other birth control, speak with your OB/GYN to see if it’s right for you. At Lady’s Care Center, Dr. Ladynez Espinal and her staff offer a wide array of health care services, including overall wellness, preventive counseling, education, and therapeutic health care services.

Our practice provides health care services primarily for women throughout every stage of life. To schedule an appointment with Miramar OB/GYN Dr. Ladynez Espinal, contact us today at (954) 538-1700, or book an appointment online.

Our office is in Miramar, Florida, conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. We look forward to serving you and helping you live your life to the fullest.

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