What if my nexplanon moved?

If you’ve been using the Nexplanon implant for birth control, congratulations! You made an amazing decision to take charge of your reproductive health. The contraceptive implant is a highly effective and long-acting method that provides up to three years of pregnancy protection. However, as with any medical device, things can go wrong sometimes.

One common concern among Nexplanon users is what happens if their implant moves in their body. The idea of having a rogue little wand wandering around your arm may be scary or unsettling, but rest assured – this situation is not as dramatic or dangerous as it may sound.

So wait…what exactly is Nexplanon again?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty details about moving implants, let’s do a quick refresher on what the heck these things are anyway.

Nexplanon (generic name: etonogestrel implant) is a tiny plastic rod that contains the hormone progestin. It’s inserted under the skin on your upper arm by a healthcare provider and slowly releases hormones over time to prevent ovulation and fertilization from occurring.

In plain English? This thing stops you from getting pregnant like nobody’s business without requiring you to remember taking pills every day or fussing with contraception during sex.

Can my Nexplanon really move inside me?

The short answer is yes, it technically could happen. But before you start picturing scenarios straight out of Alien vs Predator where the creature jabs its tentacles through people’s bodies, know that it’s relatively rare for an implant actually gets far enough off track to cause problems.
The vast majority (~99%) stay in place for however long they’re meant to be there doing their job (power trip much?).

But nothing medical-related would ever be complete without exceptions which means some unlucky folks might experience minor movements.

Signs & Symptoms

When your implant moves around, it probably won’t present itself with a neon sign and blaring alarms. However, there are some signs you can keep an eye out for if you’re concerned that something might be up.

Some people may feel or see the implant under their skin more prominently than before (aka they don’t need magnetic resonance imaging- MRI to find this bad boy anymore feeling lucky punk?!) If your Nexplanon has shifted position significantly enough to cause discomfort like soreness at the site of insertion or tenderness in surrounding areas (look on the bright side – maybe it’s massaging one of those knots in your shoulder?) , then there’s a chance that movement could be responsible.

But remember: just because something feels different doesn’t necessarily mean it IS different. The best way to get peace of mind is always to check-in with your healthcare provider.

What should I do if my Nexplanon moved?

Firstly stay freakishly calm (no panicking ensures better decision-making) as stated earlier minor movements occur sometimes but definitely nowhere near life-threatening levels! Second head straight over immediately to hospital stat. Just kidding…sorta.
Managing events depends largely on how severe the shift was by examining both external factors such as what else cast onto area externally and internal elements regarding where did dislocation happen? Did anything damage nerves nearby? etc

Visit Your Healthcare Provider

When in doubt call up gyno office!! A trained professional can assess your situation more accurately outside Google searches which already have you assuming fetal position over dead soul situations based off three articles littered amid pop-ups!

After seeing exact degree potential re-insertion needed (in rare case) . You’ll schedule either extraction or replacement appointment
(that’s right-two options we love choices especially birth control centered btw!)

Protect Yourself While You Wait![Alternative]

  • Like any good scout knows one must “always be prepared”, consider using backup contraception methods such as birth control pills, condoms or abstaining from sex if you’re concerned about pregnancy risk while waiting for your replacement.
    (Were we just teenager-level awkward with that last option? We can’t tell either)


Symptom Possible Cause
Soreness at site of insertion Movement / Displacement (can cause discomfort ) OR an incomplete implant removal/injection error.
Irregular bleeding/missed period Hormonal Imbalance caused by dislodging Nexplanon
Pain in surrounding area Movement against skin tissue/body movements exacerbating arm muscles affecting tendons near insertion point


Moving Nexplanon may seem like the stuff of nightmares but fortunately its not life-threatening assuming minor movements occurs which can be fixed with another appointment; Although rare serious complications could arise so listening to recommendations provided by doctors allows quicker/smoother journey! Pat yourself on the back for taking initiative towards responsible birthing choices and hope this FAQ-style article helped ease worries when it comes to Nexplanon-related issues.

Enjoy that peace-of-mind, sleep easy (compared to ten minutes ago anyway #amirite?)

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