What is the Nexplanon implant removal procedure?

What is the Nexplanon implant? 

The Nexplanon implant is a prescription birth control medication that is released through a small, thin plastic rod that is inserted into your non-dominant arm just under your skin. The birth control medication it releases lasts up to three years. Women who choose this form of birth control say that they prefer not having to remember to take a daily birth control pill.  

How does the Nexplanon implant work? 

The Nexplanon implant releases progestin, a hormone that does two things. It stops eggs from being released by the ovaries which also prevents sperm from reaching the egg. It also changes the lining of the uterus. 

Why do women choose to remove the Nexplanon implant? 

The effectiveness of the Nexplanon implant lasts three years.  The implant must be removed by the end of the third year. Of course, some women will choose to have the Nexplanon implant removed because they want to become pregnant. Once the implant is removed, it is possible to become pregnant within a week. In fact, for women who have the Nexplanon device removed and do not desire to become pregnant, the manufacturer warns that other birth control methods must be used immediately after the removal of the Nexplanon implant. 

Nexplanon says that some women try the implant but decide to have it removed due to side effects which can include an unfavorable change in menstrual bleeding. 

Nexplanon lists these other possible side effects: mood swings, weight gain, headache, acne, and depressed mood. The list of side effects includes, but is not limited to, the following: headache, vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina), weight gain, acne, breast pain, viral infections such as sore throats or flu-like symptoms, stomach pain, painful periods, mood swings, nervousness, or depressed mood, back pain, nausea, dizziness, pain, and pain at the site of insertion.  Please refer to the FDA-approved patient labeling for a complete list of side effects.

Nexplanon birth control removalWhat is the procedure to remove the Nexplanon implant? 

The procedure to remove the Nexplanon implant is brief and very simple. The doctor will inject a local anesthetic and make a small incision. The implant is removed through the small incision. 

How long is the recovery time from a Nexplanon implant removal? 

The incision will be treated and bandaged, and you will be able to return to normal activities immediately. You may have to wear a small bandage for a brief period of time. Complications are rare and typically not serious. And remember, Nexplanon warns that other birth control methods must be used after the removal if you do not wish to become pregnant. 

Nexplanon implant removal at Preferred Fibroid and Vascular Center

Our team is dedicated to helping women with Nexplanon implants get all of the information they need to make their own decisions about treatment. If it is time to remove your implant, or if you choose to remove your implant for any reason, we are ready to support you every step of the way through the process. 

Please reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.