Nexplanon Specialist

Nexplanon is the birth control implant that goes in your arm. Nexplanon is a hormone releasing birth control implant that is over over 99% effective and provides up to 3 years of continuous pregnancy prevention. Embry Women’s Health offers providers who are true Nexplanon Specialists, with speciality training and certification with the Nexplanon Birth Control Implant Device.


Nexplanon Q & A

Embry Womens Health

image of a nexplanon birth control device being held in a hand


NEXPLANON® is a birth control device that is implanted in the fleshy portion of the upper arm to provide women with a steady release of hormones that help prevent pregnancy. Less than 2 inches long, the NEXPLANON® device is slim and flexible, making it extremely comfortable once in place. Many women prefer the NEXPLANON® device over other types of birth control because it’s very convenient, automatically releasing hormones for about three years before it needs to be replaced. Insertion of the NEXPLANON® implant takes just a few minutes and can be performed right in the office by a certified Nexplanon Specialist.

How Does the NEXPLANON® Device Work?

NEXPLANON® uses progestin, the same type of hormone used in birth control pills. Progestin works by preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries so conception cannot take place. Studies show NEXPLANON® is more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.

image of a female holding her arm to her head showing an implant in her arm

What Happens During the Insertion Procedure?

The NEXPLANON® device is very slim, and it can be inserted through a very small opening or “nick” made in the skin of the upper arm. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the area before the incision is made. The device is inserted beneath the skin at a depth that makes it invisible to others while still allowing it to be felt when the skin above it is pressed. After the device is inserted, a pressure bandage will be placed over the tiny incision to protect it while it heals. The entire insertion procedure takes just a few minutes to perform.

How Is the NEXPLANON® Device Removed?

Removal is performed in a manner similar to the insertion procedure, using a topical anesthetic to numb the skin before a small incision is made to retrieve the implant. A new NEXPLANON® implant may be placed at the same time if desired.

image of a nexplanon birth control device being held between a womens finger and thumb

How Often Does the NEXPLANON® Implant Need to Be Replaced?

NEXPLANON® must be replaced every three years to remain effective. In women who are obese or very overweight, NEXPLANON® may need to be replaced earlier than three years.

How Effective Is Nexplanon?

Nexplanon is one of the most effective forms of birth control, with measured pregnancy prevention rates of 99 percent. Part of the reason that Nexplanon is so effective is that there is little room for human error with this form of birth control. A doctor will inject it into a woman’s upper arm and after approximately 5 days, the hormones are fully effective and the woman can forget about it for the next 3 years until it is time to be replaced. Nexplanon devices can be removed and replaced during the same visit so that women do not experience any gaps in birth control coverage.

Can Nexplanon Be Removed in Less Than 3 Years?

Yes, if a woman wants to have her Nexplanon implant removed before the device releases all of the hormones, she can have it removed by her gynecologist at any time. Fertility is typically back to normal within 5 days of the implant being removed.

Are there any risks or side effects with Nexplanon?

There are possible side effects from both the hormone therapy and the insertion and removal of the implant itself. For example, the insert can migrate in your body, which is uncommon, and may require surgery to remove.

The most commonly reported side effects of the hormone therapy include:

  • Longer, shorter, or no bleeding during your menstrual cycles
  • Spotting between periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood swings
  • Headache

More serious side effects have been reported, and if you think you might be affected by the implant, make an appointment at Embry Women’s Health to get to the bottom of it.

image of a women with pink nails holding the nexplanon birth control device

Will it Hurt When Nexplanon Is Inserted?

A local anesthetic is used to numb the insertion area as part of preparation for implantation. The inner arm may be a little tender or bruised after the insertion, but the discomfort should ease fairly quickly.

How is it Used?

The device is implanted under the skin, normally on the inside of the upper arm. The contraceptive it contains is released slowly, over time to provide sustained protection from unwanted pregnancy. It will not, however, protect the patient from contracting sexually transmitted diseases. It can also be used to slow down or stop menstrual cycles for women who have extremely heavy periods. Although there may be some minor spotting or a minimal discharge, the contraceptive does help to control irregular periods and lessen the discomfort associated with them.

What are the Side Effects?

Nexplanon may have side effects. Two of the most common are irritation at the site where the device was implanted and weight gain. Users may also experience, dizziness, breast tenderness, headaches, acne, hair loss, and vaginal irritation. The side effects can range from mild to severe, depending on the person’s overall health. While some women may continue to have their normal period, others may have no period at all or ones that range from shorter to longer and from lighter to heavier. Each woman will be affected differently by the implant. For women who have severe side effects, the implant may have to be removed if the side effects continue to worsen.

Does Nexplanon work for all women?

No. The Nexplanon implant may not be right for you if:

  • You are already pregnant
  • You have blood clot issues
  • You have liver disease
  • You have, or had, breast cancer
  • You have unexplained vaginal bleeding

Barbara Lockwood WHNP will make a full assessment to determine if you are a good candidate for Nexplanon.



Patient Image Ashley F

The ladies here at Embry Women’s Health really know how to treat people! I’ve been coming here since I moved to the area four years ago, and I am never disappointed. Nurse Lockwood and Dr. Embry always make time for their patients and make sure to get to the root of any problem you may have. They also have a gorgeous office with everything you could possibly need. The atmosphere is very cozy and calming and does not feel like a doctors office at all. My only suggestion to visitors is to book your appointments ASAP as they go quickly, and I get why! Sometimes when I have come here, I end up waiting a bit as they do tend to give that full attention and care to each patient, so it’s worth the wait. I just wish they could be my nurse/doctor for EVERYTHING 🙁

5 Stars – Yelp – 06/03/2018

Patient Image Jennifer W

I have never had such a positive experience at a healthcare facility, not that I’ve had particularly negative ones, but I was pleasantly surprised the time Barbara Lockwood, NP took with me. She is very easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I’m so glad I found this practice!

5 Stars – Yelp – 12/29/2017


This was my first visit at this office and it was so much better then a visit I’ve had at a different gynecologist. The ladies were genuinely friendly and helpful and all very knowledgeable. They make you feel comfortable and safe. It’s so hard to find a gynecologist that fits your needs and I’m very happy to say I found mine.

5 Stars – Yelp – 4/10/2018



Embry Women’s Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care. We’re in-network with all major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. No insurance? No problem. We offer a simple fee schedule for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Click the button below for our complete list and more information:

Full List of Accepted Insurance


Instantly schedule an appointment online with Embry Women’s Health. This tool reflects real time availability. Same day appointments or last minute cancellations may be available by calling our office.

Please do not schedule any COVID testing or COVID vaccine appointments here.
CLICK HERE to schedule a COVID appointment.


Words from our patients

JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!

5 Stars – Yelp

Patient Image Yelp Layna HLayna H., Yelp

It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions.  I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.

5 Stars – 10/11/2018

Patient Image Kathy NKathy N., Yelp

Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

Patient Image Ashley DAshley D., Yelp

I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

Patient Image Shana EShana E., Yelp

“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”

5 stars – 09/28/2018

Patient Image Jeannie DJeannie D., Yelp