If you are looking for an effective way to control your fertility, you might be a good candidate for a contraceptive implant. This sophisticated treatment will last for up to five years. At Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, Texas, we can use contraceptive implants and other birth control techniques to prevent you from becoming pregnant.
How Do Contraceptive Implants Work?
Contraceptive implants are tiny rods that are about the same size as matchsticks. During your treatment, we will put one of these rods into your body. After we insert the rod, it will start to send a hormone called progestin into your body. This hormone will create two physical changes that will prevent you from becoming pregnant.
The progestin in your implant will cause the mucus in your cervix to become thicker. This physical change will prevent sperm from reaching your eggs. Since sperm will not be able to fertilize your eggs, you will not become pregnant.
In addition to stopping fertilization, your implant will stop your eggs from moving out of your ovaries. This process is called ovulation. When your body does not release your eggs, you will not be able to become pregnant.
Are Implants an Effective Type of Birth Control?
Many birth control methods can be challenging to use correctly. Although birth control pills and condoms can be very effective, these birth control methods are subject to error. For example, you might forget to take your birth control pills every day, decreasing effectiveness, and condoms have been known to break.
In contrast, you won’t have to make changes to your daily habits when you use an implant to manage your fertility. After we insert your implant into your arm, this device will automatically release hormones into your body. Since you cannot make a mistake when you use this technique, implants are one of the most reliable, effective types of birth control available today. In fact, this birth control method is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
What Is the Implantation Process Like?
Since receiving your implant is a very quick, easy process, you should feel confident and relaxed before your appointment. Before we perform your treatment, we will talk about your medical background. During this talk, we will discuss any menstrual problems, fertility issues, or other health conditions that you have. You should feel free to ask us questions about the implantation process at this point.
If we decide that this type of birth control is a good method for you, we will use medication to numb some of the tissues on your arm. Once your tissues have become numb, we will use a special tool to put your implant under the surface of your skin. This is a very quick process, and you will feel comfortable as we place this device into your arm.
Will I Have a Long Recovery Period After I Receive My Implant?
Receiving your implant is a very gentle, minimally invasive process. Since you will feel alert and comfortable after we place your implant into your arm, there’s no need for you to take a long break from your childcare duties, job, or other tasks. Instead, you will be free to leave our office and go back to your usual work or childcare schedule.
However, you will need to take good care of the skin around your implantation site for the next several days. After we insert your implant, we will give you specific instructions about how to clean and care for the skin in this area of your body.
When Will My Implant Begin to Work?
This method of birth control works very quickly. If you receive your implant during the initial five days of your menstrual period, you will be immediately protected from becoming pregnant. If you receive your implant at a different time, it will not work immediately. As a result, you will need to continue using condoms or another method of birth control for the next seven days. After this point, your implant will begin to work.
Will My Implant Prevent Me From Becoming Pregnant in the Future?
A contraceptive implant is a good birth control method to use if you are interested in becoming pregnant in the future. Receiving a contraceptive implant will not prevent you from having a successful pregnancy at a later point in your life. Once you are ready to become pregnant, we can remove your implant from your body. You can become pregnant as soon as your implant is removed.
What Is the Removal Process Like?
Your implant will last for up to five years. Once your implant expires, you will need to visit our office so that we can remove this device. We can remove your implant at an earlier date if you decide that you want to become pregnant or would like to use a new birth control method.
The removal process is very quick and simple. We will begin by using medication to numb your arm. Next, we will make a very small incision into your skin. We will use this incision to remove your implant from your arm. If you would like to continue using this type of birth control, we can put a new implant into your arm at this point.
Will My Implant Improve My Menstrual Cycle?
Having heavy or uncomfortable periods can negatively impact your quality of life. Your periods can cause you to stain your clothing or experience intense cramps. In addition, you might struggle to work or care for your children while you are having your period. Receiving a contraceptive implant can be a good way to improve your menstrual cycle.
The hormones that your implant releases may cause your cramps and other menstrual symptoms to become less severe. In addition, your implant is likely to make your periods lighter. In fact, you might stop having your period about 12 months after you receive your implant. Reducing your menstrual symptoms and heavy periods can improve your energy levels and overall quality of life.
Will My Health Insurance Pay for Me to Receive an Implant?
Many health insurance plans will cover the entire cost of receiving contraceptive implants. As a result, you might not have to pay any money to receive this type of birth control.
If you don’t have health insurance, you can still benefit from using this cost-effective type of birth control. After we have inserted your implant into your body, this device will prevent you from becoming pregnant for up to five years. As a result, you won’t have to pay for birth control pills and other contraceptive methods during this time.
Can I Use Other Methods to Manage My Fertility?
We offer a wide range of effective birth control methods at Aurora OB-GYN. The birth control technique that is best for you will depend on your pregnancy goals, health, personal preferences, and other factors. During your first meeting with us, we can help you select a birth control method that will match your unique circumstances and personal goals.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are one of the most popular contraceptive methods available today. If you use this method to prevent pregnancy, you will need to regularly take pills. Your pills will stop sperm from fertilizing your eggs. If you remember to take your pills every day, this method will be very effective at preventing unintended pregnancy.
Birth control pills can also improve the condition of your menstrual cycle. Some pills may lighten your period. In addition, you could use birth control pills to skip your periods.
Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, are a type of long-term birth control. During your treatment, we will put a small device into your uterus. This device will use hormones or other methods to prevent you from becoming pregnant. An IUD can control your fertility for up to 12 years.
We will need to examine your uterus, vagina, and cervix before we insert your IUD. After we have examined you, we will put a metal instrument into your vagina. We will use a special device to move your IUD through your cervix and into your uterus. It will usually take less than five minutes to insert your IUD.
The birth control patch will prevent pregnancy by sending hormones into your body. You can wear your patch on your upper arm, back, stomach, or other places on your body. You will need to put a new patch on your body every seven days.
Before you put the patch, you should clean and dry your skin. Next, you should check the expiration date on your new patch. If your patch is ready to use, you should put the sticky area of this item onto your skin. You will need to hold your patch in place for about 10 seconds. Since your patch will be designed to remain on your body while you are swimming, bathing, or exercising, your patch will be unlikely to fall off on its own.
If you use this method to manage your fertility, you will wear a flexible ring in your vagina. Like a contraceptive implant, this ring will send hormones into your body. During the next several weeks, your ring will release progestin and estrogen. These hormones will block sperm from reaching your eggs and prevent your body from ovulating.
You will need to insert a new vaginal ring every three to six weeks. You can choose to have regular periods while you are wearing your rings. Alternatively, you can skip your periods while you are using this type of birth control.
A birth control shot can be a good way to control your fertility for a long time. This shot will prevent pregnancy by releasing progestin into your body. You will typically need to receive a new shot every three months. If you receive your treatment during the first seven days after you begin your period, your shot will immediately protect you from becoming pregnant. If you receive your shot at a different time, your birth control will start to work after one week.
Control Your Fertility
If you’re looking for a reliable, straightforward way to manage your fertility and prevent unintended pregnancies, you’re in luck. Contraceptive implants are easy and effective. If you would like to know more about the benefits of this birth control method, you should contact us at Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, Texas to set up an initial meeting.