Page 11: Nexplanon

  • Nexplanon is a hormone-releasing birth control implant that is placed under the skin on the inner aspect of the upper arm. It is for women who prefer a long-acting method of birth control. Nexplanon prevents pregnancy for up to three years.
  • At the end of the three years, the implant is removed and may be replaced by a new one if birth control is still desired.
  • Nexplanon puts a steady low dose of hormone into the blood stream which keeps an egg from being released by the ovary. It also prevents sperm from reaching an egg.
  • Your chance of getting pregnant is very low with the implant in place (less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women using the implant).
  • Nexplanon’s effectiveness in very overweight women has not been studied. It is possible it may not be as effective.


Side Effects

  • The most common side effect of Nexplanon is a change in your normal bleeding pattern. Your periods may be longer or shorter than normal. The time between periods may vary and you may have spotting between periods.
  • Less frequent side effects may be: mood swings, weight gain, headache, acne and depressed mood.


if you have any questions or conceerns

  • Call McKinley and schedule a consult visit with one of our physicians in Women’s Health at 217-333-2700.