Quick facts about Nexplanon:
- It is up to 99% effective, making it one of the most effective birth controls on the market.
- A great alternative for women who cannot use estrogen based birth control.
- Requires minimal maintenance from the patient.
- Discreet enough that only you and your doctor need know about the implant.
Nexplanon is an implant inserted beneath a woman’s skin that works as a discreet, long term birth control. The implant is soft, flexible and small (2 mm in diameter, 4cm in length), and is on the inside portion of the patient’s upper arm. Nexplanon prevents pregnancy by slowly releasing progestin etonogestrel, which provides pregnancy protection for up to 3 years.
Nexplanon can be placed during a simple office visit by a trained medical professional. At the time of the insertion, a local anesthetic is provided at the site of the implantation to prevent any discomfort on behalf of the patient.
Patients should be aware that Nexplanon can change the regularity, duration or intensity of menstruation. Other side effects like headache, acne and fever have a small chance of occurring as well. However, if you do not feel comfortable with Nexplanon at any time after placement, the device can easily be removed by a medical professional.