I got the birth control arm implant Nexplanon about a month ago. I haven’t gotten my period since and I’m concerned. I know that light periods or no periods altogether is common, as well as your body needing an adjustment time to hormonal medication, but I would definitively like an outsiders opinion. In addition, since I got the implant, and waiting the proper amount of time so that it was safe, my boyfriend and I have been having unprotected sex but he always pulls out. I know I’m definitely paranoid, and I’m not showing any pregnancy symptoms. But not getting my period really freaked me out!! What do you think?
Thank you for submitting your questions to Ask the Health Nuts! That sure sounds stressful! Let’s start with the side effects. According to NEXPLANON’s official website, potential changes to one’s period and bleeding pattern are totally normal. Some of changes might include:
- Longer or shorter bleeding during your period
- No bleeding at all during the time of your period
- Spotting between your periods
- Varied amounts of time between your periods
- It is also recommended that you contact your doctor or health care provider if the menstrual bleeding becomes heavy and prolonged.
Now-onto the effectiveness! According to Planned Parenthood and Seattle Children’s hospital, if NEXPLANON is inserted within the first 5 days after the start of your period then NEXPLANON is effective immediately. If it is inserted any other time in your menstrual cycle, then use a non-hormonal form of birth control (such as condoms) for 7 days after insertion of NEXPLANON. There’s a good chance you’re covered; however, it is important to remember that the implant does not protect against STIs! Condoms and dental dams are your best bets at preventing both STIs and unwanted pregnancies-and are available for free in the Health Promotion office.
We hope that this answer is helpful and, again, thank you for contacting Ask the Health Nuts!
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- Nexplanon. (2017). Risks and side effects of Nexplanon. Nexplanon. Retrieved from https://www.nexplanon.com/side-effects/
- Planned Parenthood. (2017). What happens when the birth control implant is inserted? Planned Parenthood. Retrieved from https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/birth-control-implant-implanon/what-happens-when-the-birth-control-implant-is-inserted
- Seattle Children’s. (2017). Patient and family education: Nexplanon placement. Seattle Children’s.