Both Nexplanon and Essure are sometimes referred to as birth control implants. While both are implanted into a person’s body, they are two very different forms of birth control.
Nexplanon is the brand name for what we refer to on Bedsider as the implant. It’s a small plastic rod that goes in the upper arm and releases the hormone progestin. Nexplanon is super-effective for up to four years and totally reversible. That means you can have it removed any time if you decide you want to get pregnant.
Essure is a non-surgical form of permanent sterilization where a small metal wire is inserted into the fallopian tubes. Scar tissue forms around the wire, preventing eggs from being fertilized. You should only try this method if you’re sure you don’t want to get pregnant in the future.
Essure will no longer be sold after the end of 2018. Find out more here.