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What is it? How does it work?

Nexplanon is a birth control implant that’s placed under the skin of the inner, non-dominant upper arm. It is flexible and measures 1.6 inches in length and is approximately 1/8 inch in diameter. Once in place, Nexplanon releases a continuous low dose of the hormone progestin to help prevent pregnancy for 3 years. It is 99% effective, meaning that, over the span of 1 year, less than 1 pregnancy occurs per 100 people who use Nexplanon.

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Insertion and Removal?

Typical insertion is usually painless and takes only a few minutes. The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic by a trained healthcare provider. The implant is placed discreetly underneath the skin of the inner, non-dominant upper arm. Nexplanon does not require any daily, weekly, or monthly dosing, and provides 3 years of pregnancy prevention. Nexplanon is reversible - so if your plans change, it can be removed by your healthcare provider at any time during the 3-year period! After 3 years of use the Nexplanon should be removed and can be replaced if desired.

A referral is needed for removal. Please have your NP or Family Doctor send a referral to Dr. Hoffart at Fax 780-438-7710. If you need to see a walk-in doctor for a referral, please feel free to book with our Locum Doctors at Shifa Medical Clinic and request referral to Dr. Hoffart.

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