Reproductive medicine continues to evolve as new and improved technologies, treatments and medications are developed. In the area of contraception, patients of Dr. Taryll Jenkins benefit from comprehensive care. One option worth considering is Nexplanon, an implanted form of hormonal birth control.
One of the primary advantages of an implanted delivery system is its convenience. There is no need to set an alarm to remind you to take a pill. Other benefits include:
Discerning between the various forms of contraception is an important aspect of obtaining optimal results. The general effectiveness from these forms of birth control comes from the steady dosage of etonogestrel, a form of progestin. Over its three-year course, dosage gradually decreases. Initial daily progestin dosage is 60-70 micrograms. This decreases to 35-45 after twelve months. At the end of year two, daily dosage is 30-40 and, by the end of year three, dosage is no more than 30 micrograms daily. At this time, the implant is removed and, if desired, replaced with a new one.
Differences begin at the point of insertion; or, rather, the ease of insertion. Because Nexplanon has been designed with a preloaded applicator, there is a much lower risk of errors in the insertion process, such as implanting the tiny rod deeper than intended. An advantageous difference with Nexplanon is that this implant has been made to be radiopaque, or visible in x-ray, MRI, Ultrasound and CT. These aspects of the device make it easier to confirm insertion and, therefore, effectiveness.
No particular form of birth control is ideal for every person. We are pleased to offer our patients the choices they deserve. With our comprehensive care, you can identify contraceptives that best suit your needs.
Contact Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine at 855-346-8610.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.