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An implant is a small plastic rod that keeps you from getting pregnant for up to 3 years. The Nexplanon® is about the size of a matchstick and goes just under the skin on the inside of your non-dominant arm. So if you're right-handed, it would go in your left arm.

Quick Facts

  • Small plastic rod inserted under your skin

  • Releases hormones to prevent pregnancy

  • Last up to 3 years

  • 99% effective

  • If a woman wants to become pregnant the device can be removed at any time by a doctor

How does the implant work?

Implants do a few things to keep women from getting pregnant because it stops the egg from leaving the ovaries and it thickens cervical mucus which makes it difficult for sperm to move.

How well does the implant work?

The implant works really, really well. Other than abstinence (not having sex at all), the implant

is the most effective form of reversible birth control out there. It's over 99% effective: so if 100

women use the implant, on average less than one will get pregnant within a year.

How do you put it in?

A doctor or nurse can put the implant under the skin in your upper arm. They will numb the area before they put it in. The process takes only a few minutes, and most people say it hurts about as much as getting your ears pierced. Only a doctor or nurse can insert or remove the implant.

How do I use it?

Once a doctor or nurse inserts the implant, you don't have to do anything! You are protected from pregnancy until you decide to have it removed, or for up to three years. Just be sure to always use condoms if you have sex, because the implant does not protect against STIs.

Does the implant protect me from STIs?

Nope, absolutely not. So definitely use a condom every time you have sex so that

you are protected from pregnancy AND sexually transmitted infections.

What if I'm ready to get pregnant?

No problem! You can get the implant taken out by a healthcare provider any time you want, and as soon as it is out you'll be able to become pregnant again. If you got the implant through our services, we'll pay to have it taken out - so it's still completely free for you. Just call us at 615-671-STEP (7837) to set up an appointment.

How do I learn more?

You can set up an appointment with one of our doctors or nurses to talk about the IUD or implant, or you can head over to our contact page to ask one of us!

  • Over 99% effective

  • Easy to use

  • Lasts up to three years; can be taken out at any time

  • It’s completely discreet. No one can tell if you are using an implant

  • Quick return to fertility - once you take it out, you can become pregnant

  • Forgettable - an implant is low maintenance

  • Does not protect against STIs or HIV

  • Some women experience longer, shorter, or no bleeding during their period

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