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My nexplanon is going to expire soon. How will Coronavirus affect me getting it replaced? 

The birth control implant — also known as Nexplanon — helps prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. If you’re coming up on 5 years now, it’s time to get it removed and replaced. (If you’ve only had it for 3 or 4 years — good news! It’s going to keep working for a little longer.)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced some Planned Parenthood health centers and other doctors’ and nurses’ offices to close for the time being. But some are still open. The best way to find the most up to date hours and information about your closest Planned Parenthood health center is to give them a call. You can find the phone number by searching here

If visiting your closest Planned Parenthood health center or another doctor or nurse in your area isn’t an option right now, you’ll have to put off having the implant removed for now. It’s not something you can do yourself. But you can still protect yourself from pregnancy by using condoms when you have sex. You can buy condoms online or in person at many essential businesses, like pharmacies, convenience stores, and grocery stores. 

If you have to put off getting that implant removed, try not to forget about scheduling an appointment for the removal when things open back up. Set a reminder in your phone, calendar, or find some other way to remind yourself to make that appointment.

Tags: birth control options, nexplanon, implant, coronavirus