What is Nexplanon®?
It is a long-term birth control. It prevents pregnancy 99% of the time. It lasts 3 to 4 years. It is a small, flexible rod that goes under the skin of your upper inner arm.
Benefits of Nexplanon®
- Fewer than 1 in 100 women will get pregnant during the first year of using it.
- You do not need to take birth control daily.
- You can have it removed when you want to get pregnant.
- It costs less than other types of birth control if you use it for years.
Cons of Nexplanon®
- The initial cost is higher than the cost of other methods. It is often covered by insurance.
- Only your provider can remove it.
- A change in your bleeding pattern is the most common side effect.
- Your bleeding may be longer or shorter during your periods. You may have no bleeding at all. The time between periods may change, and you may have spotting. Some studies show 1 out of 10 women have this removed because of irregular bleeding.
Do not use Nexplanon® if you:
- Have an allergy to etonogestrel
- Are pregnant
- Have a history of breast cancer. heart disease, or liver disease
If you become pregnant while using Nexplanon®:
It is very unlikely, but you can get pregnant while using this. Take a urine pregnancy test if you feel like you may be pregnant. Call the clinic right away if it is positive. We will need to see you right away.
- Your provider will put the implant under your skin in your upper inner arm.
- You will be given a card when your Nexplanon® is placed. This will remind you when it expires. Your provider will also have a record of this if you lose your card.
- You will be able to feel it if you press your fingertips over it.
- You will need to use a backup birth control for 5 days after it was inserted.
First 1 to 2 weeks
- Small bandages, called steri-strips, were put on your skin is to prevent infection.
- You can cut them back as needed if they start to peel off.
- Leave them on until they fall off.
- A small bandage was put over your Nexplanon® site.
- Your arm was wrapped with a pressure bandage.
- Leave this on for at least 24 hours. It will help stop bruising.
- Do not get this bandage wet.
- You may have bruising on your arm near the site. This is normal and will go away.
First 6 to 12 months
- Your period may be irregular. It may be lighter, shorter, heavier, or longer.
- Your period may be heavier at first. The number of bleeding days may be more.
- You may have frequent spotting or light bleeding.
- Few women find their periods are heavier than normal.
- Call your provider if your period stays heavier than normal.
After 12 months
Your body should be fully adjusted. Your period may:
- Be shorter and lighter than before
- Stay irregular
After 4 years
It is effective at preventing pregnancy for up to 4 years. After this it is no longer effective, and you may start having heavier periods.
- Have a health care provider remove it.
- You may get another Nexplanon® if you would like.
- Do not try to remove it at home.
Call your doctor's office right away if you have:
- Pain that is getting worse.
- Redness or swelling at the site.
Go to an Emergency Room if your provider’s office is not open and you have:
- An allergic reaction:
- Chest tightness
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat
- Swelling in your face or hands
- Chest pain, trouble breathing, and coughing up blood
- Double vision or trouble seeing
- Numbness or weakness on one side of your body, sudden or severe headache, trouble seeing, talking, or walking
- Pain in your lower leg (calf)
- Severe or ongoing pain, tingling, bleeding, bruising, redness, itching, or swelling at the implant site
- Unusual or severe pain in your abdomen
- Unusual or unexpected vaginal bleeding, or heavy bleeding
Talk with your provider if you have these less serious side effects:
- Acne or pimples (this should get better over time)
- Mild headache
- Mild pain, tingling, bleeding, bruising, redness, itching, or swelling at the implant site. This will get better soon.
- Mood changes
- Weight gain