would recommend this method to other women
3 women have reviewed Nexaplon
I’m happy with it
It’s ok - does the trick
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Last review from:
Jessica, United Kingdom, 07/11/2020
Implants, Rings, Patches & Shots
Nexaplon is a type of contraceptive implant – it is a small, flexible plastic rod (about the size of a matchstick) that is inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It is a long-term birth control option for women – it lasts up to 3 years.
Nexaplon works by slowly releasing a progestational hormone to thicken cervical mucus and thin the lining of the uterus. Usually ovulation stops too. It does not contain estrogen.
Nexaplon is suitable for most women, but it can be less effective if you’re overweight. Some medications are also known to lower the effectiveness of the Nexaplon (some seizure medications, certain sedatives, some HIV medications, as well as St. John’s wort). Always talk to your doctor before making any decisions about having Nexaplon.
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Key facts about Nexaplon
- Nexaplon is around 99% effective
- If you do get pregnant while on Nexaplon, there is a chance of ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilised egg implants outside of the womb, usually in the fallopian tubes)
- You have the implant removed after three years (although you can have it removed before if it is causing problems)
- The implant is inserted into your upper arm (they usually ask whether you’re right or left handed) and removed by a doctor in a quick process, using local anasthetic
- You should use a back up contraceptive method for a week after insertion
- Nexaplon does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (condoms, condoms, condoms!)
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