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 which 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.
Is Nexplanon right for me?
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.
What are the risks?
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.
How do I get started on Nexplanon?
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 unnoticeable.
Schedule a Consultation
The birth control implant is an extremely convenient way to make sure you’re protected without having to worry about it. To get started on discussing your contraception options, contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take Plan B while on nexplanon?
You can take Plan B while on Nexplanon if you are concerned that your regular birth control method failed, but this is generally unnecessary. Nexplanon is over 99% effective against pregnancy. If you are concerned about the effectiveness of your birth control, contact your OB/GYN.
Can nexplanon cause gallstones?
Nexplanon contains etonogestrel, which can increase risk of gallbladder disease for some patients. If you have a history of gallbladder disease, another type of birth control may be a better option for you.
Can nexplanon get lost?
There have been isolated reports of contraceptive implants migrating from their original location, sometimes with serious side effects. Your doctor should inform you of all the potential risks about Nexplanon before performing the procedure.