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Nexplanon (Birth Control)

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Summary

Nexplanon is a birth control implant, inserted (in the office) under the skin in the upper inner arm . 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 years.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state that the first-line method for contraception in teenagers should be a contraceptive implant like the Nexplanon arm implant or an intra-uterine device (IUD).

What are the advantages of Nexplanon?

  • 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 is effective immerdiately upon insertion
  • It can help reduce painful and long periods

What are the disadvantages of Nexplanon?

What should my daughter expect during the 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

What are the side effects of Nexplanon?

Procedure side effects:

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

Nexplanon side effects:

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

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