…..It was supposed to expire October 1st this year but I have yet to take it out. My boyfriend came in me recently after it expired. Should I be worried?
Great question! Lets talk a little bit about the Nexplanon.
The Nexplanon is a single matchstick-sized rod that is placed underneath the skin in the upper arm. A nurse or doctor inserts the rod. Once inserted, the rod releases hormones gradually for up to three years. The Nexplanon is 99% effective after someone has had it for 1 week.
Once it has been three years however, the Nexplanon no longer works. If someone is using it to reduce the risk of pregnancy it will not be effective.
Since unprotected sex happened there would be a risk of pregnancy. It is a good idea to use a barrier method like a condom. Condoms can be up to 98% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and STIs, when used correctly. It would also be a good idea to think about either replacing the Nexplanon, or starting a new form of birth control to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
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