Besides using a condom, birth control pills/birth control is one of the best things to use to prevent pregnancy. When used together, birth control pills and condoms offer an even higher percentage of prevention. Yet birth control’s effectiveness greatly depends on whether or not you use contraceptives consistently and correctly. If you want your birth control pills to deliver its highest percentage of effectiveness, you can’t be careless with your chosen method, must always keep in mind that the pill isn’t your only option. Whichever your choice, use it always and the right way!
Because the pill is pretty often discussed, I want to offer a walk through with my experiences in getting a contraceptive implant. Like most people, I listened to my friends about how the process would be (in my case, this was the wrong idea!). They told me scary things that made me want to second guess myself, but what solidified my decision to get the implant was the information my doctor gave me. Note: Always ask your doctor about contraceptive options and the one you are choosing.
The day I went to get my implant, I was nervous for a couple reasons: I hate needles and didn’t know exactly what to expect. When I went into the doctor’s office, I sat and waited for them to call my name. When I heard my name, I went into a room and a nurse asked me a few question, like when my last period was and how much I weighed. She asked me to lay back and wait for her to come back with materials.
First, she rubbed my arm with a numbing liquid so I wouldn’t feel the needle when it pricked me. After that, she stuck the needle in my arm, which had some more numbing liquid, but this time, it burned a bit. But it wasn’t so bad I wasn’t able to handle it. It took all of two minutes for the slight hurt to go away. Then she put the Nexplanon (the contraceptive implant itself) in a tool that she used to place the contraceptive in my arm. She felt around on my arm to make sure it was placed properly; it was. Then she bandaged up my arm and told me if I had any problems to call her. We were done.
Choosing a contraceptive is not necessarily hard or scary, you just have to know how to choose it to suit your needs. Your opinion and medical professionals’ is all that matters.