Subdermal Contraceptive Implant (Nexplanon)

The Nexplanon is an etonogestrel implant that is used for long term contraception. It is a flexible plastic rod that is approximately 1.5 inches in length (about the size of a match) and is inserted just under the skin in the upper arm. It slowly releases progestin into the body to give contraceptive benefits for 3 years. This is easily inserted in the office with a small amount of local anesthetic.