The implant, often referred to by its brand name, Nexplanon, is a flexible rod that is roughly the size of a matchstick. The rod is placed in the skin of the upper arm by a healthcare provider. It releases a progestin which causes changes in the lining of the uterus and cervical mucus to keep sperm from joining the egg. It may even stop the ovaries from releasing an egg.
Greater than 99% effective for typical use
Greater than 99% effective when used perfectly
Things you may like about the implant:
- Long-term option – prevents pregnancy for up to 3 years
- Can be removed anytime
- Safe and highly effective birth control method
- No estrogen effects
- Private and discreet
- Convenient and hassle-free once inserted
- Breastfeeding may continue while using the implant
Things you may dislike about the implant:
- Requires an office procedure for insertion
- Potential side-effects include:
- Irregular menstrual bleeding
- Pain or irritation at the implant site
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Increase in acne
- Depression (rare)
- Increased hair on body/face
- Ovarian cysts
- Infection at the implant site (rare)
$1,000 for the device, plus the cost of insertion at MyAlly Health, however this method may be free or low cost for you. Ask about our sliding-fee-scale.
Can cost $2,000+ plus the cost of insertion at other clinics.
*Disclaimer: Costs are an estimate. Additional or different services may be ordered by the provider that may not be included in this price.
Does it protect against STIs?
No. The implant does not protect from STIs. Use condoms to reduce the spread of STIs.
Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.