The effectiveness of birth control is a key factor in preventing unintended pregnancy. If you’re considering your birth control options, our providers at Primary Care Walk-In Medical Clinic can help you find the safest, most effective methods.
Our skilled physicians review your medical history and identify which birth control is right for you. We provide popular options, including the Nexplanon® birth control implant.
What to know about Nexplanon
Nexplanon is a birth control implant that sits just under the skin’s surface in your arm.
The small implant protects against pregnancy by releasing a steady stream of progestin hormones into your body. The hormones prevent ovulation, so sperm can’t fertilize an egg. Progestin also thickens your cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg.
Once the implant is in place, it starts working. Unlike birth control pills you must take daily, Nexplanon doesn’t require you to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.
Once the implant is in place, it starts working. Unlike birth control pills that you have to take daily, Nexplanon doesn’t require you to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.
Nexplanon provides 99% efficacy against unintended pregnancies. The implant can last up to three years before needing a replacement.
To get the Nexplanon implant, our providers at Primary Care Walk-In Medical Clinic perform a minor, in-office procedure.
While you relax on an exam table, we inject a local anesthetic to numb the skin in your arm. Our physicians then use a special applicator device to place the implant just under the surface of your skin.
The insertion site is small, and you won’t need any stitches. We cover the inserted implant with a bandage to lower your risk of bruising and address any minor bleeding.
It’s normal to have some discomfort in the insertion site for a few days, but you won’t notice the implant over time.
Benefits of Nexplanon
Nexplanon offers both reliability and effectiveness as a birth control option for adult women and teens. Because the implant constantly releases hormones to protect against pregnancy, you can enjoy more spontaneity in your most intimate moments.
Nexplanon also provides long-lasting protection, so you won’t have to think about your birth control for up to three years. We can replace your implant when it’s time or discuss your options for other birth control methods.
When you’re ready to start or expand your family, our providers can remove the implant during another simple, in-office procedure.
Candidates for the Nexplanon implant
Not everyone is a candidate for Nexplanon implants. For instance, if you cannot tolerate hormones because of sensitivities or underlying medical issues, you may need to look for a non-hormonal option, such as an intrauterine device (IUD).
You may also not be a candidate for Nexplanon if you’re over 35 because of the increased risk for blood clots and other complications hormonal birth control can cause.
Our providers review your medical history, perform a pelvic exam, and may order blood testing before recommending Nexplanon or another method of birth control. We also continue to monitor your health and can address any side effects that you have after starting a new birth control.
Call the Primary Care Walk-In Medical Clinic near you to schedule a Nexplanon consultation or book an appointment online today. You can also visit the clinic as a walk-in.