What is Nexplanon?
Nexplanon is a hormone releasing birth control implant placed under the skin in the inner, upper arm. Nexplanon is about the size of a matchstick and is made of a soft, flexible, medical polymer. It does not need to be taken daily, weekly or monthly. A long-term method is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 3 years. It must be removed after this time (it will not dissolve), but you can choose to have it taken out at any time before the three years are over. You can also have a new Nexplanon inserted after having your old one removed. Your healthcare provider will help you determine if Nexplanon is right for you. He or she will review the patient labeling and consent form with you to be sure you understand all of the potential risks and benefits of using Nexplanon.
What are the advantages of Nexplanon?
- Discreet and private
- Does not require ongoing maintenance or the need to remember to use birth control
- One of the most effective, reversible contraceptives available
- A good alternative option for women who can’t use estrogen-based birth control
- Can be used while breastfeeding (after 4 weeks)
- Allows for sexual spontaneity (nothing needs to be inserted or put on prior to sexual intercourse)
- Nexplanon is immediately effective if inserted between the first and fifth day of your menstrual period
- Because of its low and steady hormone delivery, Nexplanon may have fewer hormonal ups and downs than daily or weekly birth control methods
- Fertility quickly returns once you stop using Nexplanon; pregnancies have been reported to occur as early as 7 to 14 days after Nexplanon has been removed
What are the side effects of Nexplanon?
There may be side effects from the Nexplanon. Nausea, stomach cramping/bloating, dizziness, headache, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, weight gain, and vaginal irritation/discharge may occur. Pain, bruising, numbness, infection, and scarring may occur at the site where the Nexplanon is placed.
Note:- If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
The most common side effect of the Nexplanon is abnormal bleeding or spotting. Your periods may be early or late, shorter or longer, heavier or lighter than normal. You may also have some spotting between periods, especially during the first several months of use.
Note:- If bleeding is prolonged (more than 8 days) or unusually heavy, contact your doctor. If you miss 2 periods in a row, contact your doctor for a pregnancy test.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.