Nexplanon

Arm implant birth control has become increasingly popular in recent years as more women become aware of its convenience. Advantia OB-GYN Shady Grove offers the Nexplanon implant for women who want a type of birth control that doesn't require a daily routine.

What is NEXPLANON?

NEXPLANON is a type of birth control that is implanted into the upper arm to provide a steady release of hormones that help prevent pregnancy. The implant itself is flexible and small – less than two inches long – and it can be implanted during a simple office procedure that takes just a few minutes. Many women prefer NEXPLANON because once it's in place, it doesn't require any special care for it to prevent pregnancy. The NEXPLANON implant provides up to three years of pregnancy prevention, and once in place, it cannot be seen, so it's very discreet.

How does NEXPLANON work?

NEXPLANON uses the slow and continuous release of progestin to prevent pregnancy, the same hormone used in birth control pills, so it has a long history of safe and effective use. Progestin works by preventing the egg from being released by the ovary, and also by preventing the sperm from reaching the egg, so fertilization does not occur. NEXPLANON is more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.

How is NEXPLANON inserted?

NEXPLANON is inserted in a simple in-office procedure that uses a tiny nick in the upper arm. The insert is placed under the skin at a depth where it can't be noticed, but can still be felt when the skin around it is pressed. Once the implant is inserted a small pressure bandage will be placed over the opening to enable it to heal.

How is NEXPLANON removed?

NEXPLANON is removed in an in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes. Once the implant is removed, a new implant can be placed at the same time if desired. The NEXPLANON implant must be replaced every three years to continue to provide continuous pregnancy prevention, but it can be removed earlier if desired. Women who are obese may need to have their implant replaced before the three years are up.