What is contraceptive implant?
Contraceptive implant (Nexplanon) is a stick that is placed under the skin on the inside of the upper arm and which protects against pregnancy. It contains a hormone called progestogen and prevents ovulation and is the safest contraceptive. The rod is about 4 cm long and 2 mm wide, flexible, soft and does not break. The doctor anesthetizes the skin, makes a small incision and implants the rod directly under the skin. The procedure is usually painless and usually requires only strips, possibly a stitch.
Advantages and disadvantages with contraceptive implant
Since the implant does not contain estrogen, it does not increase the risk of, among other things, blood clots and cardiovascular disease. The downside is that not everyone will have as good bleeding control as with birth control pills with estrogen. If the doctor has examined you and does not believe that the bleeding is due to a disease e.g. venereal disease, the solution to the bleeding may be to use birth control pills with estrogen in addition to the implant for a period of time.
Routines with contraceptive implant
It is important to be sure that you are not pregnant before inserting a contraceptive implant. Contraception should be used until the contraceptive implant is inserted. If you are not already using contraception, you must use a condom for the first 7 days or insert it on day 5 of the menstrual cycle.
After 3 years, the contraceptive implant must be replaced, but you can then insert a new implant in the same hole and at the same time remove the old one.
Do you want to start or change contraception?
- Book a consultation in a clinic, via video or fill out our digital form.
- During the consultation, you will receive information and guidance so that you can start or switch to the contraception that is right for you and your life situation.
- Get a prescription and pick up the preparation at your nearest pharmacy.
Author: GP Anne Marte Ladim
Last updated: 12.07.2022