NEXPLANON® in Cincinnati, OH
If you live in Cincinnati, Blue Ash or the surrounding communities of Ohio, and are curious about ways to avoid pregnancy, such as NEXPLANON® birth control implant, our board-certified gynecologists (OB-GYN) Drs. Chandra Gravely and Cindy Hansel at Crescent Women’s Medical Group offer a variety of birth control options tailored for each woman according to her individual goals and lifestyle.
What is NEXPLANON®?
NEXPLANON® is a birth control implant that is more than 99 percent effective against unwanted pregnancy for up to three years. NEXPLANON® works by preventing ovulation, but also thickens the cervical mucus and alters the lining of the uterus, making conception more difficult. NEXPLANON® is usually implanted beneath the skin inside the upper arm right in the doctor’s office, and requires only local anesthesia and a tiny incision. If the implant is positioned at the time of your menstrual period, or within five days of starting your period, NEXPLANON® will provide protection against pregnancy immediately.
Who is a good candidate for receiving NEXPLANON®?
NEXPLANON® is recommended for women who are not pregnant and have no history of blood clots or clotting disorders, liver tumors or active liver disease, breast cancer or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Normally you will be given a pregnancy test prior to inserting NEXPLANON® unless the implant is inserted during your period. NEXPLANON® is also a good choice for mothers who are breastfeeding since it does not affect milk production.
What if I need birth control for more than three years?
Each NEXPLANON® implant must be removed after three years; however, you can continue to rely on NEXPLANON® for protection against pregnancy by choosing to have a new implant inserted after removing the old one.
What if I change my mind about birth control and want to stop using NEXPLANON® before three years?
The NEXPLANON® implant may be safely removed at any time, and conception is possible as early as the first week after removal of the implant. If you do not wish to become pregnant after having the NEXPLANON® implant removed, you must begin using another birth control method immediately.
How does NEXPLANON® work?
NEXPLANON® prevents pregnancy in several ways. The most effective way is by preventing ovulation, or the release of ovum from the ovary. NEXPLANON® additionally thickens the cervical mucus, which may be effective in keeping sperm from reaching the ovum. NEXPLANON® also alters the lining of your uterus, effectively preventing the attachment of a fertilized egg.
What if I should become pregnant while using NEXPLANON®?
It is highly unlikely that you will become pregnant while using NEXPLANON® but if it should happen, you should see our specialists immediately to remove the NEXPLANON® implant. Based on studies of birth control methods, NEXPLANON® is not likely to cause birth defects.
Can I use NEXPLANON® when I’m breastfeeding?
NEXPLANON® is safe to use by nursing mothers as it does not interfere with milk production. You may begin using NEXPLANON® six weeks following the birth of your baby.
If you’d like to know more about available birth control methods today, such as the NEXPLANON® implant, contact Crescent Women’s Medical Group today. Our friendly and experienced staff provide birth control counseling and contraceptive options for residents of Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and the surrounding communities of Ohio.