Contraceptive Implant Explained

Nexplanon is the only contraceptive implant currently available in the United States.

The Nexplanon device should provide very effective contraception for the three years that the device is recommended to be used.

It is a small rod that is inserted unobtrusively under the skin of your inner arm.

Nexplanon device should be inserted by a provider with experience and specific training.

It is still possible to get pregnant, or have a tubal pregnancy when using Nexplanon, so unexpected pelvic pain, or unexpected bleeding always has to be evaluated.

Like with other forms of contraception, there have been rare reports of deep vein clots reported with this hormonal method. Most cases of strokes, heart attacks, clots i nthe vein to the eye, or into the lung have only been reported iwth combination hormonal contraceptives. Nexplanon is not a combination hormonal method.

Diabetics and pre-diabetics can use Nexplanon, but they should undergo appropriate monitoring.

Unlike condom use, Nexplanon doesn’t protect against STDs.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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