Women have many choices when it comes to birth control. Deciding which option can be overwhelming because the choices can be quite different. Some individuals want a method that they can “set and forget” for up to several years, while others don’t want to add hormones or medications to their body. Some are comfortable counting days or taking ovulation tests while others want a nearly foolproof method of preventing pregnancy. Understanding all the available options and having a gynecologist who can help her make the best decision is often a great comfort to women.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX, takes the time to counsel each patient about the best choices for her. Often women who are confident that they don’t want a baby for at least the next several years will consider long-term options such as the IUD or the Nexplanon. The IUD is a device that is inserted into the uterus while Nexplanon is small birth control implant that can be inserted under the skin of the inside of the upper arm.
Once the device is inserted, it releases progestin, a hormone that keeps the egg from being released. Nexplanon has a 99% effective rate, just like the birth control pill. However, the pill has to be taken in order to be effective. For many women who lead busy lives it can be common to miss a pill, which can lead to an unplanned pregnancy. Nexplanon works for up to three years, however, if a patient changes her minds and decides to become pregnant it can be removed.
Like nearly all birth control methods, there are potential side effects. The most common is a change in menstrual cycles. The period may be less predictable in timing and may last for fewer or longer days. Some women don’t get a period at all. Other side effects include mood swings, headaches or acne. To find out if Nexplanon could be the right birth control for you, call the Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine office today.