Where Should Nexplanon Be Placed?

Reviewed on 11/3/2020

Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant that is in the form of a rod
Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant that is in the form of a rod

Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant that is in the form of a rod, containing progestin (hormone) etonogestrel. It should be placed under the skin at the inner side of your non-dominant upper arm. This means that if you are a right-handed person, the doctor will place it on your left upper arm, and if you are left-handed, it will be implanted on your right upper arm.

What are the advantages of Nexplanon?

Currently, Nexplanon is the most effective form of birth control among all the available options. It has become a popular option among women due to its following advantages:

  • It provides effective long-term contraception.
  • It does not depend on your daily compliance (because it does not require any daily, weekly, or monthly dosing—that happens with oral pills).
  • Its insertion takes less than a minute at the hands of trained doctors.
  • It has very low chances of pregnancy—1 out of 100 women will get pregnant if Nexplanon is implanted in their body.
  • It can be placed immediately after the delivery (it may be inserted as soon as 10 minutes after placental delivery).

How does Nexplanon work?

The contraceptive implant Nexplanon works by

What makes you unfit for Nexplanon?

Nexplanon is not for every woman. Your doctor will not implant Nexplanon if you are

The contraceptive implant is generally safe, but the following conditions can make it unsafe for you:


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When can you get Nexplanon inserted?

After confirming that you are not pregnant, the doctor can place Nexplanon at optimal timings, some of which include:

How many times can you get Nexplanon?

With Nexplanon, you can expect to have three years of pregnancy prevention. It needs to be removed after three years. If you wish to continue contraception, it should be replaced by a new Nexplanon implant at the end of three years.

What are the possible complications of Nexplanon?

The most common complication is pain at the insertion site, which occurs in less than 3 out of 100 women with the implant, as per one study. Pain is usually mild and resolves with time. Over-the-counter painkillers usually help in relieving the pain.

Other uncommon complications at the insertion site are

  • Redness (due to bleeding).
  • Hematoma (pooling of blood) at the insertion site.
  • Bruising (should resolve within a few days).

An analysis of 11 major international clinical trials that included 942 subjects found that some women experienced the following side effects

Please contact your doctor if you experience any of the above complaints.

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