STD Free Los Angeles provides our patients with a list of reproductive health services in order to help practice safe sex. Our arm implant birth control, most commonly known as Nexplanon, is one of the various types of services and birth control forms offered at STD Free Los Angeles.
What Is The Birth Control Implant?
Nexplanon is the most common brand of arm implant birth control. Nexplanon is a small thin rod that is implanted into the arm. It is about the size of a matchstick and can protect individuals from pregnancy for up to 5 years.
How Does The Implant Work?
Your doctor inserts the implant under the skin of the upper arm. It releases what is known as progestin, a hormone known to prevent pregnancy. Progestin thickens the mucus of the cervix and prevents sperm from reaching the egg. Additionally, progestin can also stop eggs from leaving the ovaries during ovulation. If implanted within the first 5 days of your period, Nexplanon is effective immediately. However, it may take up to a week for it to become effective if you choose to get the implant outside of your cycle.
How Effective is Nexplanon?
The arm implant birth control is 99% effective. What most individuals prefer about Nexplanon is that there is no stress behind it. You don’t have to worry about taking it or using it incorrectly. Once the doctor implants it in your arm, you are all set.
How Long Is The Birth Control Implant Effective?
It is effective for up to 5 years. Individuals may choose to get it removed at any time during this period of time if they have any health concerns or want to get pregnant. Once the 5 years have passed, it is best to talk to your doctor for a replacement implant should you wish to continue with the arm implant.
Where Can I Get A Birth Control Implant?
STD Free Los Angeles is now offering the arm implant birth control, Nexplanon. We teach patients to practice safe sex and live an overall healthy lifestyle. Our team is available to discuss your birth control options, their possible side effects, and help you decide which is the most effective form of birth control for you. You can call us at (213) 261-4090 or schedule an appointment here.