NEXPLANON is a hormone-releasing birth control implant for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years.
The implant is a flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that contains a progestin hormone called etonogestrel. It also contains a small amount of barium sulfate so that the implant can be seen by X-ray. Your health care provider will insert the implant just under the skin of the inner side of your upper arm. You can use a single NEXPLANON implant for up to 3 years. NEXPLANON does not contain estrogen.
How it works
NEXPLANON prevents pregnancy in several ways. The most important way is by stopping the release of an egg from your ovary. NEXPLANON also thickens the mucus in your cervix and this change may keep sperm from reaching the egg. NEXPLANON also changes the lining of your uterus.
When the NEXPLANON implant is placed correctly, your chance of getting pregnant is very low (less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women who use NEXPLANON for 1 year). It is not known if NEXPLANON is as effective in overweight women because studies did not include many overweight women.
Your health care provider can remove the implant at any time. You may become pregnant as early as the first week after removal of the implant. If you do not want to get pregnant after your health care provider removes the NEXPLANON implant, you should start another birth control method right away.
Will NEXPLANON be covered by insurance?
NEXPLANON may be covered by your insurance plan. To determine if you have coverage, you should call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. Ask if NEXPLANON is covered under your policy. You may need to explain that NEXPLANON is an implantable contraceptive. You may also be asked to provide the billing code for NEXPLANON. You can ask your health care provider for the code. If NEXPLANON is covered, ask the customer service representative to send verification of coverage to your health care provider.
Important Safety Information about NEXPLANON (etonogestrel implant)
You should not use NEXPLANON if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant; have or have had blood clots; have liver disease or a liver tumor; have unexplained vaginal bleeding; have breast cancer or any other cancer that is sensitive to progestin (a female hormone), now or in the past; and are allergic to anything in NEXPLANON. if you have diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, headaches, gallbladder or kidney problems, history of depressed mood, high blood pressure, allergy to numbing medicines (anesthetics) or medicines used to clean your skin (antiseptics). These medicines will be used when the implant is placed into or removed from your arm.