Tracy Hansen, APRN, FNP
Family Medicine, MCMC
Do you think of being pregnant and cringe? Time to take matters into your own hands! Or Arm!
If this sounds like you, then we should talk! We have all heard of birth control pills. The tiny white tic-tac you must remember to take EVERY day in order to be effective. And with a 15% failure rate, it can feel like a crap shoot! But there are better and MUCH more effective options than that pill! One of those options is Nexplanon, commonly called the “implant”.
Nexplanon…AKA “The Implant”
Nexplanon is a 1.5-inch plastic rod inserted into the upper arm that steadily releases hormone into the body to keep you from baby surprises.
How does Nexplanon work?
The hormone released by Nexplanon tricks the body into thinking an egg has already been released. It also thickens up the mucus in the nether regions to stop little sperm from swimming into baby territory.
What’s the insertion like?
It’s really simple to put in and takes about 2 minutes or less. First, a bit of numbing medicine is placed along the path of the insertion so you won’t feel a thing while the device is going in. Next, the Nexplanon is placed just under the skin. You can feel the device, but can’t see it through the skin.
I don’t have to think about birth control for 3 years? What!?
This matchstick-sized piece of plastic requires a quick office procedure that provides 3 years’ worth of pregnancy prevention! And prevention it does!
How effective is Nexplanon?
The best part is this, Nexplanon has the best pregnancy protection out there! The failure rate is 0.05%…TAKE THAT birth control pills! It even has an edge on intrauterine devices (IUD’s) which have a 0.2% failure rate.
What about my period?
This is one area where things can get a little wonky. Some women (1 in 5) will not have a period at all, while others will have irregular periods. There are some tricks to the trade to wrangle the periods gone wild that are helpful.
Baby time? Now what?
Ready for a pregnancy…great! After a quick in-office removal procedure, you’re ready to start the baby making process! There is no need to wait.