The implant is extremely effective – less than 1 woman in 1000 using Nexplanon will get pregnant over its 3 year duration of use.
How it works
A small plastic tube (size of a hair grip, about 40mm) is placed under the skin of the inner upper arm.
Steadily releases hormone progestogen.
Stops women releasing eggs each month.
Possible Side Effects
- irregular bleeding for 6 - 12 months
- no bleeding
- occasional weight changes
- mood changes
- breast tenderness.
For most women, if acceptable
Who can provide it?
List of GPs who fit implants. (PDF 40Kb)
Implant can be felt under skin.
Removal may not be easy.
Put in by injection under local anaesthetic.
May have tenderness / bruising and swelling 1-2 days after insertion.