I've gained over 20lbs since I got this thing implanted in my arm. My BMI is now 32. I've read that it's not as effective in overweight women, but can not for the life of me find out how less effective it is. It has also sunk into my arm more (presumably from gaining so much weight), I can only feel it if I press down hard. Would that effect the percentage too? The dr. that put it in won't answer my questions and is really rude.
I am also not sure how the effectiveness of nexplanon is affected by weight gain but I got nexplanon in march and just had it taken out because after gaining weight (approx. 20lbs) I was getting a lot of break through bleeding. The implant affects everyone differently though so even with weight gain it may still be working for you. Also, having to press down harder to feel the implant shouldn't affect it. The implant is calcified in the original location and won't be affected by gaining fat tissue in your arms. I don't know if this is helpful but it's from my experience with the implant. Lastly, there are tons of doctors trained to insert and remove nexplanon so if your doctor is rude and you don't like them you should definitely find a different doctor that will take the time to answer your questions.
- Nexplanon Information for Consumers
- Nexplanon Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nexplanon (detailed)
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