These are great questions! First, we can explain what the contraceptive implant is and how it works!
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 for three years. It does not protect against any STIs!
A medical provider must insert Nexplanon. It’s important to visit with a medical provider to that ensure Nexplanon is right for you.
Once you know that the contraceptive rod is the right choice for you, it does not matter if you are or are not on your period at the time of insertion. If you’ve had unprotected sex or there is a chance that you are pregnant, the medical professional you see may wait until you have a negative pregnancy test before inserting the Nexplanon.
Once you’ve had the Nexplanon inserted, you will have to abstain or use a back-up method (like condoms) for one week until it will be effective in preventing pregnancy. In fact, for all hormonal methods of birth control, it takes one week for the hormones to “kick in” and be effective in preventing pregnancy.
If you want to make an appointment to learn more about the Nexplanon, give us a call at 303-442-5160.