If traditional birth control methods like intrauterine devices or oral contraceptives negatively affect your menstrual cycle or quality of life, you may want to consider an implant like Nexplanon®. The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. in Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, California, regularly prescribes Nexplanon implants and performs insertion and removal on-site in their comfortable, welcoming offices. To learn more about this relatively new type of treatment, call the office, or request an appointment using the online booking tool today.
Nexplanon is a small, thin, tube-shaped implant that provides up to three full years of birth control. Your doctor inserts your Nexplanon implant into the inner, upper arm. It’s discreet, pain-free, and removable at any time.
Once implanted, Nexplanon goes to work, releasing a low but steady dose of hormones into your bloodstream. Ultimately, this prevents your ovaries from releasing any eggs for fertilization. In addition, Nexplanon thickens the mucus that lines your cervix, which prevents sperm from reaching an egg. Lastly, Nexplanon changes the lining of your uterus.
Clinical studies show that Nexplanon is one of the most effective forms of birth control currently available. It’s over 99% effective, and you don’t have to remember to take it every day. That said, Nexplanon doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), so if you’re sexually active with multiple partners, you should still use a condom.
Each Nexplanon implant lasts for only three years. If you want to continue using this type of birth control after that time period is up, you simply return to Aspen Medical Group, Inc., and your doctor carefully removes your old implant and replaces it with a new one.
Nexplanon insertion occurs in-office as an outpatient procedure. Before inserting your Nexplanon implant, your doctor asks you to review and sign a consent form. Next, your doctor applies a topic anesthetic to the inside of your upper arm. After the anesthesia sets in, your doctor makes a small incision and carefully inserts an applicator into your arm. Your doctor uses the applicator to guide your Nexplanon implant.
Once placed, your doctor removes the applicator and wraps your arm with a pressure bandage. To achieve the best possible results, your doctor schedules insertion at a specific time during your menstrual cycle.
The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. also performs Nexplanon removal in-office. Your doctor numbs your upper arm, makes a small incision, and carefully removes your Nexplanon implant after locating it. Usually, the process takes no more than 30 minutes.
If you’re sexually active, but not yet ready to start a family, Nexplanon provides an excellent contraceptive option. Call the office at Aspen Medical Group, Inc., or use the online booking tool today.