Updated: Mar 1
Birth Control. Everyone loves it (kidding, there are definitely some haters/non-believers out there) but I think it's something we need to chat about more. I remember being younger, not knowing what birth control to use, what other woman were using and feeling clueless. Sure, my OBGYN is amazing, but she's also a married woman of age 50 so we don't have that much in common.
I have used both the Depo shot and Nexplanon, and let me tell you if I knew about Nexplanon I would've started it sooner.
Scary? Kinda. Painful? A bit. But the benefits? Soo worth it.
The Nexplanon implant goes into your arm and it lasts for 3 years. You have to do nothing else, no pill, no check ups, nada. And it's 99.9% effective. Obviously some people have side effects from it, but I did not. I also never had my time of the month while on it.
Removal? Also kinda scary but more gross than anything else. They numb you so you don't actually feel anything, and my doctor actually covered my face so I couldn't look or see it in my peripheral vision. The entire process took about 15 minutes from sitting in the chair, getting numbed (waiting for it to kick in is the longest part) and then about 30 seconds to cut and remove.
Didn't feel a thing.
Made an asterisk bandage across the cut and sent me on my way. Yes it was bloody but it stopped very quickly and it honestly didn't hurt. I'd say a 3 out of 10 on my pain scale for about an hour and didn't feel anything the next day and so on. So much so I had to actively remember it so I didn't mess up the bandaging.
Overall Nexplanon was a really positive and easy experience for me and I appreciate all of the new technology and medicine there is in women's health. I just wish I was able to read something like this before I decided to get, which is why I wrote this quick piece on it.
Of course, as always, any specific questions or comments can be sent via the chat or to me at BarrAbovePodcast@yahoo.com