What is NEXPLANON?
NEXPLANON is a hormone-releasing birth control implant that is placed under the skin for women who prefer a long-acting option.
NEXPLANON does not need to be taken daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly (4 times a year). It is considered a long-term method because it prevents pregnancy for up to 3 years.
*NEXPLANON must be removed by the end of the third year and may be replaced by a new NEXPLANON at the time of removal, if continued contraceptive protection is desired.
NEXPLANON is a soft and flexible implant that is inserted in a discreet location in the inner, upper arm. It is small in size (4cm in length, 2mm in diameter) so no one has to know that it’s there but you and your health care provider.
NEXPLANON may be small, but it is more than 99% effective – less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women who used NEXPLANON for 1 year – and works just as well as the pill.
Important Safety Information about NEXPLANON (etonogestrel implant)
- Talk to your health care provider about using NEXPLANON if you have diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, headaches, gallbladder or kidney problems, history of depressed mood, high blood pressure, allergy to numbing medicines (anesthetics) or medicines used to clean your skin (antiseptics). These medicines will be used when the implant is placed into or removed from your arm.
- Immediately after the NEXPLANON implant has been placed, you and your health care provider should check that the implant is in your arm by feeling for it. If you and your health care provider cannot feel the NEXPLANON implant, use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as condoms) until your health care provider confirms that the implant is in place. You may need special tests to check that the implant is in place or to help find the implant when it is time to take it out.
- The implant may not be placed in your arm at all due to failed insertion. If this happens, you may become pregnant. Removal of the implant may be very difficult or impossible if the implant is not where it should be. Special procedures, including surgery in the hospital, may be needed to remove the implant. If the implant is not removed, then the effects of NEXPLANON will continue for a longer period of time. Other problems related to insertion and removal includes pain, irritation, swelling, bruising, scarring, infection, injury to the nerves or blood vessels, and breaking of the implant. Additionally, the implant may come out by itself. You may become pregnant if the implant comes out by itself. Use a back up birth control method and call your health care provider right away if the implant comes out.
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