The Nexplanon device is statistically one of the most effective birth control methods out of all the birth control methods. The Nexplanon is a soft plastic device measuring only a few centimeters that your doctor can place on the inside of the arm to prevent unplanned pregnancies. The Nexplanon has been around for several years, establishing its safety profile and benefit.
Contacting implants are generally one hormone called progesterone or from the progestin class of hormones. They prevent pregnancy by thickening cervical mucus, thus prohibiting sperm from entering the uterus, decreasing the motility of eggs leaving the ovaries and making their way into the uterus, and potentially stopping ovulation from happening is the ovaries releasing eggs.
Nexplanon is one of the most effective forms of birth control.
The benefits of this medication include generally bleeding less while you’re on your period, with many women no longer having any bleeding while on their periods while they have the implant in place. The main side effects can include bleeding or spotting while not on your period, breast tenderness, and potential mood changes. These are usually mild if any. Luckily, if you do experience any of these and they don’t go away, you can have the implant removed at any time. The key reasons not to get an implant include pregnancy, liver problems or tumors, breast cancer, or a history of blood clots in your lungs or legs.
Preparing for the Nexplanon
The explanation is usually placed just below the skin near your tricep muscle. Or your doctor can put it on the inside of your non-dominant arm. This placement is ideal for the device as the area is generally well protected by your body and not noticed much. The device does typically not move once implanted and can stay in the arm for several years.
There is no special preparation for the device other than your gynecologist making sure you are not pregnant before placing the contraceptive implant.
Your gynecologist Dr. Fernando Mariz located in Midtown, Manhattan, and on the Upper East Side, may ask you some of the following questions:
- Are you currently on a method of contraception other than condoms
- When was your last menstrual period
- Have you had intercourse since your last period
As long as you meet the criteria, you are ready to have the implant placed
Placement and removal
The specialist can place the contraceptive implant on the inner portion of the arm. The first step will be to confirm you are not pregnant. After establishing this, your gynecologist in NYC will ask you to lie down on the examination chair with your non-dominant arm up.
After evaluating any abnormalities or potential blood vessels with a visual inspection, the gynecologist will clear the desired implantation site with an antiseptic. Then, with a tiny needle, the doctor will inject the numbing medication. After noting that the area is numb, they will get the implant, which comes in an injecting device, and place it under the skin.
The doctor will ask you to feel the device to confirm its location under the skin, and now they will wrap the area with a bandage to prevent bleeding.
After the procedure, the numbing medication will take several hours to wear off. During this time, you may start to feel pins and needles as you regain sensation. A small bruise may show up in the area in a day or two. Bruising is normal. If the site is not getting more prominent, red, or bruising increases, it is likely normal; however, your doctor should evaluate all concerns.
Removing the device is similar in which your doctor cleans the area first, then injects the numbing medication. The specialist will make a tiny incision above the device and then remove it. No stitches are usually needed, just a bandaid.
Important Reminder: This information’s only intended to provide gynecology guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult an OBGYN doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced gynecologist or certified gynecology specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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