Q: I’m a little wary of the new no-period birth control pills on the
market. Are they safe?
A: The FDA approved the first no-period pill (brand name Lybrel) in
2007. And, yes, this new pill is safe. It isn’t that different from other
low-dose birth control pills that use estrogen and progestin to stop ovulation.
Instead of taking four to seven days of placebo pills, however, women take
Lybrel continuously, with no breaks and no period. Seasonale, another
extended-use oral contraceptive,...
Removing it can take only a few minutes or 20 minutes, depending on how much scar tissue has formed. Your health care provider numbs your skin and makes a tiny cut near the tip of the implant, then pulls it out.
Implanon vs. Nexplanon
The implant maker, Merck, is phasing out Implanon and replacing it with Nexplanon.
The two implants are nearly identical, but the insertion device for Nexplanon is simpler and avoids placing the implant too deep under your skin.
Also, the Nexplanon rod was designed to be located using X-rays. If you doctor can't feel it under the skin, the X-ray can show if it's in the right place.