Nexplanon is a long-term birth control implanted in your arm by a trained healthcare provider. According to the Nexplanon website, it can last up to three years and is 99% effective against unwanted pregnancy.

How Does Nexplanon Work?

It’s a small, thin, flexible contraceptive arm implant placed under the skin of your inner, upper arm.


Nexplanon works to prevent pregnancy by releasing a low dose of hormones into your bloodstream, stopping the release of an egg from your ovaries and preventing sperm from reaching the egg.

Risks of Nexplanon

Nexplanon is one of the most effective forms of birth control on the market. However, with any birth control, there are risks and side effects you need to be aware of.


These side effects include:

  • Change in your bleeding pattern
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina)

To see the full list of side effects, visit the Nexplanon website.

Is Nexplanon Right for Me?

Your doctor will discuss your medical history, your goals and determine if Nexplanon is right for you. You are advised not to use Nexplanon if you:

  • Are pregnant or may become pregnant
  • Have breast cancer now or in the past
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Have liver disease or a liver tumor

Nexplanon and Sylacauga OB-GYN

At Sylacauga OB-GYN, we’re knowledgeable on the different forms of birth control and are confident we can discuss your goals, concerns, and previous history to provide you compassionate, informed advice on what works for you.

To discuss Nexplanon or to schedule an appointment, call us or email us at [email protected].