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.