Choosing a birth control option that is right for you will positively affect your health and your ability to plan your family successfully. Picking a birth control plan that is right for you is deeply personal, and you will need to take physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors into consideration when deciding. There is no single choice that is best for everyone, so when seeking out the best method for you, you should seek out the assistance of Dr. Taryll Jenkins and the team at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, Texas. Dr. Jenkins will work with you in figuring out what option best fits your lifestyle.
One specific factor to consider is reversibility. If you have considered having a family and decided it is not something you desire. Or, if you are done having children and do not wish to become pregnant again, then permanent sterilization maybe your best course of action. However, if you think there is even a sliver of a chance that you may desire children in the future, an easily reversible option will be best. For most women, an answer that lies somewhere in between these two absolutes is best. You do not wish to become pregnant now (or even in the immediate future), but children could become an option at some point. One form of reversible birth control that is popular, safe, and effective is Nexplanon.
The Nexplanon birth control option involves implanting a small, flexible plastic rod underneath the skin of your arm. If you have ever heard about a treatment called Implanon, it is a similar treatment to Nexplanon. Nexplanon offers convenient birth control, uses the same active ingredients, but has an improved delivery system. With Nexplanon, the implants are radio-opaque and are very clearly identified in x-rays so that the implant can be easily removed when you are ready to conceive. The Nexplanon implant delivers a steady, minimal dose of progestational hormone that will prevent pregnancy. The Nexplanon treatment offers trusted and reliable protection for as long as three years. After this time has passed, the implant will need to be removed and replaced by a new implant if you wish to continue the treatment. If at any time within that three-year treatment window, you decide that the time is right for you to start a family, then the implant can easily be removed by a medical professional.
Scheduling when you start the Nexplanon birth control treatment is necessary. You will need to undergo an examination by your doctor to make sure you are not pregnant at the time of the implant procedure. You may receive the implant on the same day that you have any current contraception method removed. The implant is placed in the arm between the bicep and triceps. The implantation area will be numbed so that the procedure is comfortable before the small implant (comparable to the size of a match) is inserted via a specially designed applicator. Dr. Jenkins will confirm that the implant is inserted correctly, and then, for the next three years, you can enjoy effective birth control that offers the convenience that other forms do not. There is no additional pill, patch, or device that you must remember.
Before receiving Nexplanon, Dr. Jenkins will go over any risks associated with the treatment and the benefits so that you have a fully comprehensive understanding of the treatment and its effects on your body. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenkins, please call 855-346-8610 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.