Nexplanon

Nexplanon is an implantable type of hormonal birth control that lasts for 3 years.  Nexplanon is placed under the skin in your inner, upper arm.  This is done in the physician’s office using local anesthesia.

Nexplanon is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.  It works by putting a steady, low dose of hormone (etonogestrel) into the bloodstream, preventing pregnancy for up to 3 years.  Hormones in birth control keep an egg from being released by the ovary and prevent sperm from reaching the egg.

The most common side effect of Nexplanon, according to the manufacturers, is a change in your menstrual bleeding pattern.  You may experience longer or shorter bleeding during your periods or have no bleeding at all.  The time between periods may vary, and in between periods you may also have spotting.  

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Why does heavy menstrual bleeding occur?

Many women seek medical care for heavy menstrual bleeding because it impacts their daily activities and quality of life.

The normal menstrual cycle lasts between 21-35 days, and the duration of normal menstrual flow is about 5 days. Excessive blood loss is based upon patient perception.

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What is perimenopausal abnormal bleeding?

As women approach menopause, the incidence of anovulatory uterine bleeding increases. Most bleeding changes at this time are related to normal menopausal transition, but endometrial hyperplasia and cancer need to be ruled out. Perimenopause starts with the onset of cycle irregularity and ends one year after the last menses.

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How do genetics affect my risk of developing a certain type of cancer?

Approximately 5-10% of all cancers develop because a person inherits a genetic mutation in a way that encourages the disease to grow. Individuals with these genetic mutations are far more likely to develop certain cancers, often at a much earlier age than the general population.

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What is post-menopausal bleeding?

Post-menopausal bleeding refers to vaginal bleeding which occurs after menopause, or one year after cessation of menses. It creates concern for many women.

Most women with post-menopausal bleeding experience the symptom due to atrophic changes of the vagina or of the lining of the uterus, meaning that the tissues have become very thin causing them to bleed easily.

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