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A nurse or doctor will take your implant out of your arm after 4 years or whenever you want to stop using it. Nexplanon removal is usually fast and easy.

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When should I get the birth control implant removed?

Nexplanon works for 4 years, and a nurse or doctor must remove it once it expires. You can also get your implant taken out any time before then if you want to get pregnant or stop using it.

If you’ve had your implant for 4 years and you still don’t want to get pregnant, you need to replace it (or pick another birth control method). You can get a new implant when you have the old one removed.

How does it feel to get the birth control implant removed?

Nexplanon removal only takes a few minutes, but the process is a little longer than getting it put in.

Just like with the insertion, a doctor or nurse gives you a shot to numb a small area of your arm. Then they make a small cut and remove the implant. You usually just feel a little pinch or stinging when you get the numbing shot. After that, it shouldn’t hurt when they make the incision or take the implant out.

If you want to continue using Nexplanon, you can get another implant put in during the removal of your old one.

How soon can I get pregnant after getting the implant removed?

It's possible to get pregnant right away. If you get your implant removed and you don’t want to get pregnant, use another method of birth control.

What should I expect after I get my implant removed?

Overall, you should feel completely normal after getting your implant taken out. Your arm may feel tender or swollen around where the implant was for a few days.  It may look bruised for a week or two. Your doctor or nurse will tell you how to wash and take care of your skin for a couple of days after removal.

Unless you start another hormonal birth control method after removing the implant, your period will go back to how it was before you got Nexplanon.

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Implant

  • 99% effective

  • Costs up to $1,300, but can be $0

  • Put in by a doctor or nurse

  • Lasts up to 4 years

The implant doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your implant to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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