About eight months ago I shared a review on Nexplanon. In that review, I spoke about the insertion procedure, some of the side effects I experienced, and how well it was working for me. I made it clear that it was not the best or safest form of birth control, but that it was the best choice for me at the time.
Today I wanted to provide you with a better-detailed review based on my research and experience. A few months ago I had the Nexplanon removed and I am so happy I did. So if you are thinking about birth control and are looking into this arm implant, keep reading.
How It Works
In short, Nexplanon is a small plastic rod that gets inserted in your arm. It releases etonogestrel, a synthetic form of progesterone and is continuously released from the rod to prevent pregnancy.
The main way Nexplanon works is by tricking the body into thinking that ovulation has already occurred preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs. No egg, no baby. Also if by any chance the ovary does release an egg, Nexplanon has a backup plan which involves increasing the thickness in the natural mucus of the cervix. This can prevent sperm from entering the womb.
Since this was my first time on birth control, I had no idea what to expect and so I was very excited when Nexplanon worked exactly how it was supposed to. For the six months that I was on Nexplanon, I did not get my period. No spotting or anything, but I felt the period symptoms almost every day. I lived with constant breast tenderness, headaches, and major mood swings. Believe me, I am very familiar with mood swings as I have experienced minor bipolar and depression symptoms throughout my whole life, but while on Nexplanon I was always a mood swing away from a mental breakdown.
Aside from those side effects, I experienced a lot of discomfort in my lady parts. I will save you the disgusting details, but there was a lot of itching, swelling, and discharge.
It’s been about four months since I removed the implant and went off birth control and I feel much better. The difference in my mood and my body is huge. And since giving birth, I can feel every single change in my body so I know when I’m about to get my period and when I am ovulating. Because of this, I decided to stick to natural methods of birth control (fertility awareness and withdrawal). So far this has been working out great for my husband and I.
List Of Common Side Effects
- Breast pain
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- joint pain
- loss of appetite
- muscle aches and pain
- runny nose
- sore throat
- trouble sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Back pain
- blemishes on the skin, pimples
- body aches or pain
- ear congestion
- feeling sad or empty
- increased clear or white vaginal discharge
- increased weight
- irregular bleeding cycle
- itching of the vagina or genital area
- light vaginal bleeding between regular menstrual periods
- loss of interest or pleasure
- loss of voice
- mental depression
- nasal congestion
- pain, cramps, or heavy menstrual bleeding
- pain during sexual intercourse
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- quick to react or overreact emotionally
- rapidly changing moods
- stomach pain
- tender, swollen glands in the neck
- thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
- trouble concentrating
- voice changes
If you are reading all of these side effects and trying to figure out why any woman in her right mind would go for this method of birth control, let me help you out. Nexplanon is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It’s a one-time thing every three years and for women on the move this sounds like the very best option. At least it did for me. No daily pills, no shots, and nothing up my .. you know.
However, after experiencing Nexplanon and learning about the side effects, I could never use another hormonal method of birth control. Unless medically necessary.
You should also know that there are other least common and rare side effects I did not mention here. If you would like these, I recommend reading this Micromedex Detailed Drug Information report.
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