Dr. Jorge Villarreal is an OB-GYN who practices in El Paso, Texas. He dedicates part of his expertise in women’s health to educating on and providing birth control methods, including insertion of Nexplanon implants.


What Is Nexplanon?

Birth control is an important consideration if you’re sexually active. When you’re comparing different types of birth control, take Nexplanon into account. Nexplanon is a type of contraceptive device which a women’s doctor implants in your arm just under the skin. It’s a small plastic implant which you don’t notice once it’s inserted. After you have it in place, it helps prevent pregnancy for as long as 3 years, providing 99% effectiveness. After that time, your OB-GYN removes it, and you can choose whether to get a new one or switch to another form of birth control.

Why Would I Choose an Implant?

The Nexplanon implant makes it easier for you to prevent pregnancy compared to various other methods of birth control. You don’t need access to a condom, foam, or other tool when you’re ready to have sex. Also, the implant gives you the same effectiveness as the birth control pill, yet you don’t have to take the pill at the same time each day. You don’t have to think about the implant. It works similarly to a birth control shot or a vaginal ring, by releasing hormones which affect your reproductive cycle.

What Are Downsides to Nexplanon?

When you have the insert in your arm, you still need to use condoms during sex to protect yourself from getting a sexually transmitted infection. In addition, some people experience side effects from this implant. This can include abnormal bleeding in the first few months after the implant and sometimes other side effects, such as nausea and changes to the area of the skin where the doctor inserted the device. It’s a smart idea to talk to your gynecologist about the pros and cons of this contraception choice compared to others. For more information about this and other forms of birth control, contact the office to schedule a consultation with the doctor.