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.
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.