Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant. It is a thin, flexible tube implanted just under the skin of the upper arm. It slowly releases a hormones (progestogen only) into the body. The implant lasts for up to 3 years, offering 99.9% effective protection against pregnancy. The contraceptive is fully reversible, as when you have it taken out, fertility returns immediately.
How is it inserted?
When I had my implant inserted, I had to have a special doctor at my surgery (with practice in inserting and removing) to fit it. The first stage was to numb the upper arm – your non dominant arm is used – this was in fact the worst part of the procedure! It’s just a quick injection of numbing agent, similar to the stuff used when you have teeth taken out. Pretty easy so far! The next stage was to have the implant inserted. A nurse was in the room at the time, so I was able to talk to and look at her, rather than watch the doctor put the implant in. I won’t lie, the applicator looks pretty scary, as it’s a large-ish plastic pen like thing. As my arm was numb, I didn’t feel any pain when the doctor inserted the implant, just a slight pressure on my arm. All that was left was to pop a plaster on the site, then wrap the area with a bandage to prevent too much bruising. Before I went on my merry way, I was given a card to remind me to book an appointment for 3 years’ time to have the implant either removed or replaced. I was also given the information sheet from the manufacturers, which had lots more information about side effects etc. Then I went home! 🙂
Coming next, my experience so far…