Overview of Nexplanon (implant)
Nexplanon is a progestin hormone-containing rod (about the size of a toothpick) that is inserted under the skin in the arm. It provides contraception for 3 years and can be removed at any time.
How It Works
Nexplanon releases progestin in the blood stream to prevent pregnancy by thickening cervical mucus, and thinning the endometrium to prevent implantation. It inhibits ovulation in most cycles.
99.95% (Typical and Perfect)
- Highly effective
- Easy to use
- Does not interfere with sex
- Contains no estrogen
- Unscheduled and irregular bleeding (may decline after 3 months of use)
- Needs to be inserted by a health care provider
- Offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections
- Possible complications with placement, though rare
Return of Fertility
After Nexplanon removal, most users ovulate within 6 weeks.
Available at Student Health and Counseling Services for insertion and removal, please make an appointment with your provider if you are interested.
- Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)
- Planned Parenthood
- American Sexual Health Association
- Official Nexplanon Website