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Is a Birth Control Implant Right for You?

If you don’t want to get pregnant, you have plenty of birth control choices. But that’s the problem: How do you choose?

Our team of physicians at North Texas OB/GYN specializes in women’s health and helping you make the best decisions for your body and your lifestyle. When it comes to birth control, we can help you navigate the pros and cons and choose the best fit for you. If you’re curious about implants, here’s what you need to know.

The concept behind the implant contraceptive

The implant contraceptive (you may know it as Nexplanon®) uses hormones to prevent pregnancy. It’s considered a long-term or long-acting form of birth control because it works for up to three years. 

We insert a small device, about the size of a matchstick, under the skin in your upper arm. The implant releases a dose of progestin into your system, which stops your ovaries from releasing eggs. It also makes the mucus in your cervix thicker, which makes it harder for sperm to get through.

The procedure is fast and easy. We give you a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, make a small incision and insert the implant, then cover it with a bandage and send you home. The whole thing takes just a few minutes, and you don’t have to worry about birth control again for up to three years.

Is a birth control implant right for you?

Many factors come into play when choosing a birth control method, including your overall health, age, lifestyle, and family-planning goals. Here are some reasons the implant might be right for you:

On the other hand, here are a few reasons you might want to choose a method other than the implant:

For many American women — nearly half a million — the birth control implant is the perfect contraceptive solution. They love not having to worry about patches, pills, and condoms. But every birth control method works differently, has different effectiveness rates, and comes with different benefits and risks.

If you have more questions about the implant or any other type of birth control, we’re here to answer your questions and get you started on the method that’s just right for you. Call our office in Plano, Texas, at 469-240-1866 to set up an appointment. 

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