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Birth Control Hormonal Methods (cont.)


There is available in the United States a birth control method that consists of a small plastic rod that is inserted beneath the skin of the upper arm. This product, called Nexplanon, provides birth control for three years. It is inserted by a health care professional in the office using local anesthetic. It can be removed at any time with generally prompt return of fertility.

  • How effective: Nexplanon is one of the most effective birth control methods available, with a failure rate lower than 0.5% per year. Use by women over 130% of ideal body weight may be associated with less effectiveness.
  • Advantages: Implants last for three years and require no care or maintenance. They are extremely effective. They also do not contain estrogen, and can be used by women who need to avoid estrogen, such as breast feeding women.

Disadvantages: The implants do require a minor surgery for initial placement and removal. Bleeding irregularity is one of the principle reasons that individuals remove the implant. Other side effects include weight gain, headaches, mood changes and acne. This method does not protect against STDs.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2014
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