Nexplanon is a brand of birth control implant, which is a small, flexible rod that is inserted into the upper arm. The implant is designed to release a low dose of the hormone progestin into the body, which prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg.
Nexplanon is a highly effective form of birth control, with a failure rate of less than 1%. It is a long-acting method, as a single implant can provide contraceptive protection for up to three years. After that time, the implant must be removed and replaced if the individual wishes to continue using it as a method of contraception.
Nexplanon is inserted into the upper arm using a local anesthetic and a small, disposable applicator. The procedure is typically performed by a healthcare professional in a clinic or doctor’s office. Once inserted, the implant is virtually invisible and does not interfere with daily activities.