What to Expect: Nexplanon Insertion
What is Nexplanon?
- Nexplanon is a small rod, a little longer than a matchstick, inserted into the inner upper arm to prevent pregnancy.
- Nexplanon contains progesterone (but no estrogen), which is slowly released into the bloodstream in small amounts.
- The Nexplanon will last for 3 years before removal is necessary.
What should I do before the procedure?
- There is no specific preparation for this procedure.
- Be sure to eat a small meal prior to your appointment.
- It is nice to bring a driver with you, but it is not mandatory.
What should I expect during the procedure?
- Your arm will be cleaned with an iodine solution; you may choose to have the Nexplanon placed in either arm, but we recommend using your non-dominant arm.
- A local numbing medication will be injected into the skin; this feels like a tiny pinprick and stings for a few seconds.
- A needle is used to inject the Nexplanon under the skin.
- A piece of surgical tape will be used to close the incision; no stitching is needed.
- A bandage is applied to your arm.
What should I expect after the procedure?
- Keep the bandage in place for 24 hours to keep pressure on the site.
- Once you remove the bandage, keep the surgical tape in place for 5 days; it may then be removed.
- Do not get the outer bandage wet, but you may shower with the surgical tape in place.
- Some soreness and bruising around the site is normal; you may use Ibuprofen or Tylenol if you have discomfort.
- It is normal to feel the thin rod under your skin.
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