Nexplanon is a small, flexible and thin arm implant, it looks like a match and is inserted into your arm. It allows a steady flow of low dosage hormones into the bloodstream for birth control. It can last for up to at least three years.
The hormones in Nexplanon birth control will stop your eggs from releasing through the ovaries, and prevent any sperm from reaching your eggs.
Thus, the reason why it’s considered as an option of long-acting birth control.
It will discreetly be placed under your skin of the upper, inner arm by your doctor. This procedure is reversible as well as your doctor can remove it during the period of three years at any time. Once removed, it’s possible to fall pregnant within one week after.
The effectiveness of Nexplanon birth control implants
This birth control procedure is your best option as it can assure over ninety-nine percent effectiveness. It means that less than one out of hundred women that use this procedure may fall pregnant every year.
The reason for its effectiveness is because you won’t have the risk of making any mistakes.
Since the implant is in the arm, there won’t be a chance to forget taking it like the pill or using it incorrectly. It can protect you every day, all day from falling pregnant for nearly four years.
Once you decide you are ready for children, it can easily be removed by your doctor and you may immediately fall pregnant.
However, this implant can’t protect you from any STDs, therefore, you need to use condoms as well, which will also give you double protection against pregnancy.
Is there a time frame for the implant to start working?
The best time to get the implant for protection against pregnancy immediately needs to be done within the first five days when your period starts. Having the implant done during any other time span of your cycle may require the use of something else as well. You’ll need extra protection such as a condom in your first week. Thereafter you will be safe.
Women that might not be able to use this procedure
There are a couple of reasons why a woman would not be able to use this method. These are as follow:
If you have any allergies to anything that Nexplanon contains.
When you suffered either in the past or are suffering now from breast or different cancer, that can be sensitive to your female hormone progestin.
Experiencing vaginal bleeding that can’t be explained.
With any disease or tumor, you may have in the liver.
If you suffered or suffer from any blood clots in your brain, heart, eyes, lungs, or legs.
When you suspect you might be pregnant or are pregnant.
Make sure to notify your doctor if you had or have any of these conditions that are listed above. He/she can recommend other procedures for birth control.
Additionally, you should ask your doctor if you can use Nexplanon when you have the following:
Any allergies to medicines that have a numbing effect like anesthetics, or antiseptic medicines used for cleaning the skin. This is because, during the procedure of placing or removing an implant, it will be used.
High blood pressure
A history of getting into depressed moods
Kidney or gallbladder problems
Triglycerides or high cholesterol
Risks of having the procedure done
It’s rare to develop any problems that are serious by using Nexplanon. Although, you might experience pain in your arm for some days. If you notice infection in your arm you may need medicine. Additionally, there could be some scarring where they did the implant.
Make sure to contact the doctor when you experience the following:
When it seems that your implant has moved.
Experiencing longer or heavier bleeding than normal.
If your skin and eyes turn yellow.
Also, in the case where pain, redness, pus, or bleeding of the arm with the implant doesn’t go away.
Benefits of Nexplanon birth control
It’s private and convenient
Once the procedure is done, you can forget about it until you want to take it out or the time expires. This means that you won’t have any worries like with other birth control measures. Typically, the implant won’t even be visible under the skin and nobody will know about it.
You can experience fewer period problems
This procedure may help to cut down on cramps during your period. It may also reduce period bleeding. In some cases, about one out of three patients that have the procedure might even stop having periods after one year.
With Nexplanon implants it only releases one hormone
Most birth control hormonal methods consist of two hormones like progestin and estrogen. Some patients that have certain problems with their health won’t be able to use anything which contains estrogen. However, Nexplanon is estrogen-free with a super efficiency to prevent pregnancy, therefore, more patients can use it.
For more about this birth control method or any other, talk you your doctor today.