What is Nexplanon?

Also called the implant, Nexplanon is a very small rod that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. Once in place, it releases progestin, a hormone that blocks ovulation and thickens the mucus on the cervix. Together, these methods prevent pregnancy for up to three years, but you can have it taken out at any time.

One of the biggest benefits of this Birth control method is that you don’t need to worry about it after it’s inserted. This makes it extremely effective since you don’t need to remember to use it or keep a schedule. It also doesn’t use estrogen, meaning it’s a good option if you prefer not to use hormonal methods or your health indicates you should not use hormonal methods. Nexplanon can improve your period symptoms or even stop your periods altogether while it’s implanted. After the implant is taken out, you can get pregnant immediately if you decide you’d like to have children.

Even though some women stop getting their periods while using Nexplanon, it’s also common to have spotting or irregular bleeding. It’s also possible to have some less-common side effects like headaches, nausea, weight gain, and discomfort. Additionally, Nexplanon does not protect you against STDs, so you should be sure to also use condoms or other barrier methods during sex.

Implant insertion is a quick and easy process that can be completed inside our office You’ll experience a slight prick while a local anesthetic is injected, but should feel nothing while the implant is carefully placed under the skin. It’s usually located on the inside of your upper arm where it will stay for up to three years, meaning it’s discreet and unnoticeableˀ

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