Nexplanon (Birth Control)

Nexplanon (Birth Control)

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Summary

Nexplanon is a birth control implant inserted under the skin. A plastic rod, about the size of a matchstick, releases a form of the hormone progesterone (called etonogestrel) that prevents pregnancy. It is effective for up to three (3) years.

Advantages

  • Your daughter won’t have to remember to take it, like she would with a birth control pill
  • Fertility returns right after it’s removed
  • It can help reduce painful and long periods

Disadvantages

  • Does not prevent STIs

Procedure

  • Numb the inside of her upper arm
  • Place the implant just under the skin
  • Feel to ensure that the implant has been placed correctly
  • Apply a pressure bandage to be worn for 24 hours
  • Suggest wearing a small bandage for 3 to 5 days
  • The actual insertion time is less than one minute

Side Effects

Procedure side effects:

  • Pain
  • Bruising, redness, or swelling
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Nexplanon side effects:

  • Acne
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular periods
  • Depression and mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain

Your daughter should not use Nexplanon if:

  • She has an allergy or sensitivity to any part of the implant
  • She experiences unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • She has or had breast cancer
  • She has or had liver disease or tumors
  • She has a history of blood clots

Adolescent & Young Adult / Gynecology

Phone:214-456-9099
Fax: 214-456-2230

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