Archive for Implanon/Nexplanon

How old do you have to be to get the Nexplanon inserted?

In the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access any sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method, get tested for STIs, or get any other sexual healthcare without their parents being involved at all. In fact, it’s illegal for clinics to share sexual health information with parents (or anyone else!) without an individual’s permission. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services.

So even though you’re not 16 yet, you can still start on birth control without parental permission!

With that being said, Teen Clinic encourages teens to have a trusted adult in their life that they can talk to about their sexual health- whether it be a parent, teacher, coach, aunt or uncle, or sibling. But we also understand that teens might not have someone they can talk to. That’s why Teen Clinic offers a safe and confidential space for teens to get the information and/or care that they might need.

Nexplanon is a long term, reversible hormonal birth control method used to reduce the risk of pregnancy by 99% for up to 3 years. It’s a great method for someone who doesn’t want to think about using  a method for 3 whole years!

Teen Clinic is here for you. You can also give us a call at 303-442-5160 with more questions!

I’m 17 and I got the Nexplanon inserted about two weeks ago…

…My period is two days late. Is it working already? Or is something wrong?

Something that is important to mention with the Nexplanon is the effect it may have on your period. Nexplanon contains a hormone called progesterone. When someone is on progesterone, they may not have a typical period. For some people, this means that someone will not have a period at all, or they may experience irregular spotting, or they can experience something similar to a light period. How your body reacts to progesterone will depend on the person.

It can take someone’s body up to 3 months to get used to a hormonal birth control method, especially if it’s  progesterone method that will change the period.

You can call the clinician who inserted your Nexplanon to make sure what you’re experiencing is normal, but remember that hormonal methods like Nexplanon can change your period.

If you have more questions, feel free to give Teen Clinic a call at 303-442-5160.

 

I’ve had Nexplanon for about 9 months now, and I’m ALWAYS on my period. What can I do to stop this constant bleeding?

One of the most common side effects of the Nexplanon birth control can be irregular bleeding. Some people lose their period completely, some have irregular spotting, and some people bleed more for the adjustment period. Sometimes it can  take anywhere from 3-6 months for your body to adjust to the new hormone.

Since you’ve had bleeding for 9 months, it would be a good idea to see the doctor that inserted the Nexplanon into your body. Let them know that you are have a constant period, and they may be able to offer you something to help with the bleeding. There can be options to at least help with this symptom.

If you have any other questions or to make an appointment at the Teen Clinic, give us a call at 303-442-5160.

I have been on the Nexplanon for 7 months and I took Penicillin for strep throat…

…Will the Penicillin interfere with the birth control?

Great question!

If someone is on birth control and they start taking antibiotics (or vice versa), it’s very important to find out if there are any contradictions between the medications.

There are very few antibiotics that actually interfere with birth control, but it’s always a good idea to check with your gynecologist just to be sure. The doctor will be able to tell you what exactly may effect your Nexplanon. In the meantime, you can use a backup method like condoms to be sure you’re protected.

You can call us at Teen Clinic to make an appointment, or to ask more questions. 303-442-5160

If you’re on the implant in your arm (Nexplanon) and it expired after 3 years…

…and then your boyfriend ejaculates inside you, can you get pregnant?

The Implanon/Nexplanon is a hormonal birth control method that is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 3 years.

If, for whatever reason, you cannot get the rod removed right away, it will not negatively affect the body. But remember, after 3 years the rod will not be an effective method of birth control.

After 3 years, you would need to use something else as your birth control (like condoms or another hormonal method) because you will no longer be protected by the Nexplanon.

Teen Clinic offers Implanon/Nexplanon insertions and removals and all other birth control methods! Give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any additional questions! 303-442-5160.

I was on the Depo shot for several months before switching to the Nexplanon…

…I got the Nexplanon the same day I was supposed to have my next Depo shot and was careful for over a week. Am I covered? or should I use a back-up method?

When someone starts a new hormonal birth control method for the first time, they need to use a back-up method or abstain for the first week. After that first week, the hormones are integrated into the body and will start to protect against pregnancy.

With that being said, if you are starting the Nexplanon after already having been on another method, you don’t necessarily need to wait another week before you’re protected.

If you had the new Nexplanon inserted while your Depo shot was still active, you do not need to wait a week before the hormones kick-in. If this was the case, you are automatically 99% protected from pregnancy.

If you got the new Nexplanon inserted after the Depo shot had expired (more than 3 years after insertion), then you do need to abstain or use a back-up method for 1 week. If this were the case, it would be like starting a new method and the hormones need to be re-integrated into the body.

If you are not sure of the exact dates, contact the doctor’s office that inserted the Nexlpanon and who used to give you the Depo injections. They can give you concrete information on when the method will be effective.

I have only been on the Nexplanon for one month. Do I need to use condoms anymore?

When someone starts a new hormonal birth control method for the first time, they need to use a back-up method (like condoms) or abstain for the first week. After that first week, the hormones are integrated into the body and will start to protect against pregnancy.

Remember that even though Nexplanon is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to three years, it does not protect against any STIs!

It’s always a good idea to use some type of barrier method (like condoms) in addition to a hormonal method of birth control to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160!

If I were to be pregnant on the Nexplanon, would it show up positive on a pregnancy test?

Great question!

If someone where pregnant while on the Nexplanon, they could take a pregnancy test and still get an accurate result. The Nexplanon would not interfere with the results of a pregnancy test.

If you are on the Nexplanon and think you may be pregnant, you can make an appointment at Teen Clinic and get a free or low-cost test. Give us a call at 303-442-5160 for more information.

I’ve just had my Implanon replaced. This is my second one. How long should I wait until I have unprotected sex?

Great question!

When someone starts a new hormonal birth control method for the first time, they need to use a back-up method or abstain for the first week. After that first week, the hormones are integrated into the body and will start to protect against pregnancy.

With that being said, if you are replacing the Nexplanon (formally known as the Implanon), you don’t necessarily need to wait another week before you’re protected.

If you had the new Nexplanon inserted while the old Implanon was still active (within 3 years of the insertion), you do not need to wait a week before the hormones kick-in. If this was the case, you are automatically 99% protected from pregnancy.

If you got the new Nexplanon inserted after the old Implanon had expired (more than 3 years after insertion), then you do need to abstain or use a back-up method for 1 week. If this were the case, it would be like starting a new method and the hormones need to be re-integrated into the body.

If you are not sure of the exact dates, contact the doctor’s office that inserted the Nexlpanon. They can give you concrete information on when the method will be effective.

If my girlfriend is on Nexplanon and has a period, does it still work if she gets ejaculated in?

Once someone starts taking a hormonal method of birth control, like the Nexplanon, they will have to abstain or use a back-up method (like condoms) for one week until it will be effective in preventing pregnancy. It takes one week for the hormones to “kick in” and be effective in preventing pregnancy.

The contraceptive implant is also known as the Nexplanon (formerly known as the Implanon). Nexplanon is a long term, reversible hormonal birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.

Nexplanon is a single matchstick-sized rod that is placed underneath the skin in your upper arm. A nurse or doctor inserts the rod. Once inserted, the rod releases hormones gradually for up to three years.

Nexplanon is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to three years, but it does not protect against any STIs!

Something that is important to mention with the Nexplanon though is the effect it may have on your period. Nexplanon contains a hormone called progesterone. When someone is on progesterone, they may not have a typical period. For some people, this means that someone will not have a period at all, or they may experience irregular spotting, or they can experience something similar to a light period. How your body reacts to progesterone will depend on the person.

If you want to make an appointment or to learn more about the Nexplanon, give us a call at 303-442-5160.