Is there any way of knowing if Nexplanon is working?….

…… I got mine inserted on the 5th of January and I’m not planning on having unprotected sex anytime soon but I just want to know that if the condom broke I’d be okay.

Great job thinking about your sexual health!

Lets talk a little bit about the Nexplanon.

The 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.

It takes the Nexplanon (and all hormonal forms of birth control) 1 week to become effective.  It is recommended to use a backup method during this week ( like condoms or abstinence). After someone has had the Nexplanon for 1 week, it protects against pregnancy up to 99% for 3 years, even if ejaculation in the vagina occurs.

There isn’t really a way to know or “check” if the Nexplanon is working. It is just important to know that it will work up to 99% for three years! 

Remember, hormonal forms of birth control, like the Nexplanon do not reduce the risk of STIs, only condoms and dental dams can do this.

If you have more questions or want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic give us a call at 303-442-5160