Long-term contraception with the hormone implant Implanon
One method of long-term hormonal contraception is to insert a contraceptive implant. In Germany it is sold under the name Implanon NXT, in other countries Nexplanon. It is a plastic rod about the size of a match that is placed under the skin of the upper arm. It is a very safe, hormonal contraceptive method. The correct application is very important. If you want long-term contraception with Implanon, then Dr. Möller is qualified to insert the contraceptive "rod" in Munich. As with all hormone-based procedures, there are risks and contraindications preventing usage of Implanon. This will be discussed with you in a counseling session. Alternatively, hormone-free contraceptive methods or other hormonally active products can be used. You can also find an overview of all contraceptive methods on our homepage. You can also watch a short hormone implant summary video.
How does the hormone implant work?
The hormone implant is placed directly under the skin of the upper arm and remains there for about 3 years. Implanon NXT releases Etonolgestrel and basically acts like a mini pill with the corresponding advantages and disadvantages. However, there are fewer errors in use: there is no need to think about regular intake and vomiting or diarrhea do not affect the contraceptional effect.
HOW IS THE IMPLANT INSERTED AND EXPOSED?
Before the insertion, a consultation is required to clarify whether the patient has specific risk factors that conflict with the use of Implanon NXT or etonogestrel-based contraceptive products.
The insertion itself is carried out under local anesthesia using a special applicator. The position of the rod is then checked using ultrasound. The cut where the implant was placed under the skin is approx. 2 mm long. Due to the small incision size, no scars remain with normal healing.
Implanon is effective for around 3 years. Then the rod is removed under local anesthesia using special pliers. In rare cases or with a strong weight gain, the implant can "wander". In this case, the removal must be done surgically.