The new birth control called, Implanon Nxt is part of new national guidelines in South Africa. The main focus of the new birth control is to provide women with more contraceptive choices. Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi who introduced the first under the skin implant to the South Africa’s women.
The idea is to effectively address the prevention of HIV transmission of Mother- to- Child, through the prevention of pregnancy. The implant is another option women of child-bearing age in Mpumalanga can choose from. Before the implant was introduced to the women in South Africa, they relied on a monthly shot to prevent pregnancy. Only a handful of women would commit to having an implant inserted into their uterus.
The implant is made from plastic and resembles a rod-like matchstick. It is inserted into a woman’s upper arm, just below the skin, by a medical provider. Officials at a local clinic in the area are seeing results after educating women about the new birth control. Many women are sold on the idea of not having to visit the clinic every eight to 12 weeks for another injection.
The insertion of the new birth control is quick and simple, and the implant can start providing protection against pregnancy in under an hour. Most importantly, the Implanon Nxt implant is safe for breast-feeding moms.
Women who decide to have the implant removed so they can become pregnant should have no problem conceiving. However, there are some medications that can cause the implant to provide less protection against conception. This includes medication to treat TB and HIV/AIDS. Nevertheless, women who are pregnant and women with a diagnosis of breast cancer should not use the Implanon Nxt Implant.
Despite the new founded birth control, women should still caution their mates to use a condom, which, of course, provides protection against sexually transmitted diseases and the HIV virus.