It is more than 99% effective. This means that less than 1 woman in 100 who uses this method of contraception will become pregnant each year.

Advantages of using Nexplanon :

  • You do not have to remember to take a pill every day.
  • You only have to think about contraception every 3 years.
  • It does not interfere with sex.
  • It can be used when breastfeeding.
  • Period pain is usually less than usual.
  • It can used by some women who cannot take pills that contain oestrogen.
  • It may help protect against pelvic infection. (The mucus plug in the cervix may help to prevent bacteria from travelling into the uterus.)

Disadvantages of using Nexplanon:

  • The release of progestogen will usually cause changes to the pattern of periods. During the first year it is common to have irregular bleeding. Sometimes periods are heavier and longer than before. They usually settle back into a regular pattern after the first year, but may remain irregular.
  • In some women the periods become infrequent

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