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Is a Birth Control Implant Right for You?

If you’re sexually active and not currently trying to have a baby, using birth control is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy. The Nexplanon® implant is one of the most highly effective birth control options available to you.

Julie Madejski, MD, and her team at Artemis Advanced Office Gynecology recommend the Nexplanon implant to women looking for a long-term birth control solution. Keep reading to learn the benefits of the Nexplanon implant and discover if it’s the right choice for you.

What is the Nexplanon implant?

Nexplanon is a slim, matchstick-sized plastic device inserted under the skin of your arm. After insertion, the birth control implant prevents pregnancy for three years through the slow release of etonogestrel progestin hormones into your body

How does the Nexplanon implant prevent pregnancy?

Your Nexplanon implant works by continually releasing hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs, making conception almost impossible. Nexplanon also thickens your cervical mucus, which makes it significantly harder for sperm to fertilize your eggs if any do get released.

What are the advantages of the Nexplanon implant?

Nexplanon is the ideal birth control choice for many women. Some of the advantages you get from using Nexplanon include:

It’s effective

With an effectiveness rate over 99%, the Nexplanon implant is one of the most effective forms of birth control available. The implant works automatically once it’s inserted, so you won’t need to worry about using it improperly or forgetting to take or use it.

It’s long-lasting

Your Nexplanon implant prevents pregnancy for up to three years, making it an excellent choice for women looking for a long-term birth control solution. If you change your mind and decide to try for a baby before the three years are up, our team can easily remove the device, allowing you to get pregnant again right away.

You get shorter, less painful menstrual periods

The vast majority of women who get the Nexplanon implant report getting shorter and lighter periods with less pain and cramping. Some women stop getting periods altogether.

It’s simple to insert and remove

Our practitioners at Artemis Advanced Office Gynecology insert and remove your Nexplanon implant in a quick outpatient office visit. After three years, you can return to our office for a similarly straightforward removal of the device.

Who should get the Nexplanon implant?

The Nexplanon implant is an excellent birth control choice for most sexually active women who aren’t planning to conceive for at least three years. In your office visit, our team evaluates your health and birth control needs to help you determine the best birth control choice.

While Nexplanon is highly effective as birth control, it doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you aren’t in a monogamous relationship, you should always use a condom for STD protection.

What happens during the Nexplanon insertion process?

Our team inserts your Nexplanon birth control implant at our Lockport, New York, office. Your practitioner begins the process by using a local anesthesia to numb your upper arm.

Once your arm is numb, your clinician uses a tool to insert the device under the skin, a process that typically takes under a minute. You might feel a tugging sensation during the insertion process but shouldn’t experience any pain.

After insertion, you won’t see the implant but might feel it if you push on your upper arm. No recovery time is needed, so you can return to your regular activities right away.

A Nexplanon implant is a convenient, smart, and highly effective birth control choice for any woman looking to avoid pregnancy for the next few years. To learn if the birth control implant is right for you, make an appointment by calling Artemis Advanced Office Gynecology today.

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