Nexplanon (or Implanon) is a small, thin rod (similar in size to a matchstick) that is placed discreetly just under the skin of the non-dominant upper arm and releases a low, steady dose of hormones into your body to help prevent pregnancy. It must be removed and replaced every few years to continue preventing pregnancy. It’s an effective, long-term contraception that can be removed at any time for any reason, but it’s not for everyone, so please speak to your doctor if you are considering a contraceptive implant.
Side effects can include changes in your period, including the absence of menstruation (amenorrhea, pronounced uh-men-o-REE-uh), sore breasts, vaginal inflammation or dryness, abdominal or back pain and/or weight gain. ( Click here for a full list of associated potential side effects.)
The most common side effect of Nexplanon is a change in your normal menstrual bleeding pattern; Your period may be longer or shorter, or you may have no bleeding at all. The time between periods may vary and you may also have spotting between periods.
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