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Healthcare for Women, LLC -  - OB-GYN

Healthcare for Women, LLC

OB-GYN located in Near West Suburbs of Chicago, Oak Park, IL

Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant that provides long-term birth control for women. It is a small, flexible rod about the size of a matchstick that inserted under the skin of the upper arm. The implant contains etonogestrel, a synthetic progestin hormone that prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, thickening cervical mucus to block sperm, and thinning the lining of the uterus. 

Here are some key points about Nexplanon:

1. Effectiveness: Nexplanon is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. It is considered one of the most reliable forms of contraception,with a failure rate of less than 1%.

2. Duration of Effectivness: A single Nexplanon implant provides protection against pregnancy for up to three years. After three years, it should be removed, and if continued contraception is desired, a new implant can be inserted during the same apppointment.

3. Insertion and Removal: A healthcare provider inserts the Nexplanon implant just under the skin on the inside of the upper arm. The procedure is relatively quick and can be done in a doctor's office. Removal is also a simple procedure and can be done by a trained healthcare professional.

4. Side Effects: Common side effects of Nexplanon include changes in menstrual bleeding patterns, such as irregular periods, spotting, or no periods at all. Other side effects may include headaches, breast pain, weight gain, and mood swings.

5. Compatibility with Other Medications: It's important to inform your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, as certain medications may interact with Nexplanon. 

6. Reversibility: Fertility typically returns quickly after the removalof the Nexplanon implant. If a woman wants to become pregnant or switch to a different form of contraception, she can have the implant removed at any time.

7. Not Protecting Against STIs: Nexplanon does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It only provides contraception by preventing pregnancy.

Before deciding on any form of contraception, including Nexplanon, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional. They can provide information on the various options available and help you choose a method that suits your health needs and lifestyle.