Nexplanon: The Bruise

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I had Nexplanon inserted two weeks ago, and so far so good.  I don't expect to see any real symptoms for a while, but I wanted to share a little bit about the bruising since that was one of my main concerns.  Before the insertion, the area is numbed with a local anesthesia.  Honestly, that hurt more than the actual insertion did, but it definitely didn't hurt more than your average shot.  With my arm properly numbed, my doctor inserted the Nexplanon.  There wasn't any pain, thanks to the anesthesia, but there was a tug.  Immediately after the insertion my doctor cleaned the area, placed a set of bandages (see below) on the site to minimize scarring, and placed another bandage over the site to prevent further bleeding.  I had to keep the top bandage on for 24 hours, and the bottom set on for 3-5 days.  I expected the insertion site to be gross, but when the bandages fell off (yes, they came off on their own) I realized that it wasn't nearly as grotesque as I imagined.

The brown-ish spot closest to my bruising is where the implant was inserted.  This picture was taken the morning after the bandages fell off, and I don't expect a bad scar.  The bruising that I had wasn't bad at all; in fact, compared to some women's bruising, it barely even existed.  This is something that varies by woman, and I don't think there's any way to really predict who might experience bruising or scarring.  In my opinion, the quick procedure and the tiny insertion site are only minor cons to Nexplanon, and I believe they're totally worth it.  I know this isn't much of an update, but I hope that it's helpful to people who are considering getting birth control or Nexplanon!  Women's health can seem like an uncomfortable topic to some, but I promise that it's something that is worth talking about.  I plan on adding a blog post if and when I experience some changes, and at various time periods.

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