Nexplanon® Implant

The implant is a small rod a clinician inserts under the skin of a woman’s upper arm. A slow release of synthetic progestin hormones prevents pregnancy up to three years. Most people can’t see the implant once it is inserted.



Implantable Contraceptive (progestin)
How the Implantable Contraceptive Works:
• Continually releases a low, steady dose of progestin for a period of up to three years.
• Stops egg from leaving the ovary.
• Changes the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg may not implant. It makes cervical mucus thicker. This keeps sperm from getting to the eggs.

How the Implantable Contraceptive Is Used:
• It can be removed at any time by a clinician in a clinic or doctor’s office, after which time the woman returns to her pre-existing fertility level.
• Prevents sperm from reaching the egg.
• The thin, match-sized, rod implant is placed in the inner side of a woman’s upper arm by a clinician in a clinic or doctor’s office.

• No need to remember to do anything on a schedule.
• The implant works for 3 years.
• It works great.
• Do not have to interrupt sex.
• Protects against bad cramps and pregnancy in the tubes.

Possible Problems or Disadvantages:
• No protection against STIs, including HIV/AIDs.
• May have redness, swelling, and pain at the spot where the rod was implanted and there may be some scarring at insertion site.
• May have headaches and mood swings.
• May have irregular bleeding and spotting or no monthly periods at all.
• May not be a good choice for women who have had breast cancer, liver disease, stroke, diabetes or blood clots.
• Serious side effects will be more likely if you smoke. These include blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke.

What are possible side effects of the Implant?
• Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) — usually clears up in 2 or 3 months
• Sore breasts — usually clears up in 2 or 3 months
• Headache
• Irregular bleeding — including early or late periods, spotting between periods, or no periods
• Weight gain

How Well Does it Prevent Pregnancy:
• With typical use, less than 1 in 100 women get pregnant in a year when using the implantable contraceptive rod.
• This method may be less effective in women who are very overweight or are taking certain types of medications

Birth Control Methods
  • Abstinence
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Withdrawal (“Pulling Out”)
  • Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

Access Esperanza Clinics offers:

  • Free Condoms
  • The Shot
  • The Ring
  • The Patch
  • The Pill
  • The Implant
  • The IUD
  • Emergency Contraceptive (“Plan B”)


Contact us and ask how we can help!

At Access Esperanza Clinics, we offer opportunities and hope for people to plan their futures and stay healthy. You can count on us for quality, affordable, and confidential care at all of our Health Clinics.

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You may qualify for free or low-cost services 

If you are concerned about your ability to pay for services, you may qualify for one of our programs that would pay all or most of your services. Each program has its own set of eligibility. Our clinic staff can check your eligibility, help you apply, and provide you with services all on the same day.

We offer programs that can help pay some or all of the cost of your family planning and preventive health services. Our clinic staff can check your eligibility, help you apply, and provide you with services all on the same day. Programs are for female and male adults and teens in their reproductive years. Eligibility is based on your age, household income (you and, if married, your spouse), and family size. Some programs have additional eligibility requirements. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen or have legal residency to qualify. 

To apply for for a funding program, please bring the following documents with you when you come to our clinic: 

  1. Proof of Household Income – Bring any/all you have:
  • Family member’s Children’s Medicaid card, with date of enrollment
  • WIC, TANF or Food Stamp approval letter, dated
  • 2 paystubs within 60 days
  • FAFSA (student federal aid application)
  • Award notice, letter, or written statements from Social Security Administration
  • Form H1028: Employment verification (to be completed by your employer)


  • Photo ID- Texas Driver’s License, Texas ID card, work or school ID card with photo


If you are an adult female and a U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident, also bring

  •  U.S. birth certificate, passport, passport card
  • Certificate of U.S. naturalization
  • Religious record of birth with date and place of birth, such as baptism record
  •  I-551 card (permanent resident card)
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and your children 

Household Income (You and Your Spouse) to Qualify for Free Services               

Household Size   Monthly Maximum
1 $2,603
2 $3,523
3 $4,444
4 $5,365
5 $6,286
6 $7,207