Birth Control Hormonal Methods (cont.)
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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.
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
M Samra, MD
Bryan D Cowan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Lee P Shulman, MD
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