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FDA Issues Warning for Contraceptive Nexplanon

Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. Experts in Defective Device and Medical Malpractice Cases

Many women have used some form of contraceptive over the course of their childbearing years. Recently, the number of birth control methods available has grown significantly. The methods include new pills, implants, gels, and patches. These options are designed to offer women the ability to find a contraceptive that will suit their lifestyle and their healthcare needs. However, all options require great consideration and, in many cases, medical advice. At the core of these decisions, women must weigh the risks associated with the various forms of birth control made available to them.

Recently, the FDA issued a label change warning for the contraceptive Nexplanon, a plastic flexible rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm used as a long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). This contraceptive implant contains etonogestrel, a synthetic progestin hormone which is gradually released into the body over a period of three years. The device poses risk of breakage or bending along with migration causing it to fragment.

“It is important for women to know that the FDA has issued this warning,” said Attorney Sara Watkins. “Overall, these birth control devices come with several warnings. The Nexplanon device now presents a risk of fragmenting or moving during high contact sports. It is important to note that there are always risks that come with implanting birth control devices. This warning is particularly concerning for active women who participate in sports and risk injury due to fragmentation,” said Watkins.

Other risks and warnings for implantable contraceptives may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Infection at the Insertion Site
  • Pain or Discomfort
  • Bleeding or Hematoma
  • Changes in Menstrual Bleeding
  • Scarring or Changed in Skin Sensation
  • Migration
  • Difficulty During Removal
  • Fragmentation

In addition to the above noted risks associated with implantable contraceptive devices, woman must also consider risks caused by the implantation procedure as well. Specifically, woman can experience nerve damage caused by potentially negligent insertion of the device. Attorney Watkins has represented women in lawsuits who have unfortunately sustained nerve damage after Nexplanon devices were implanted by unskilled medical professionals.

“The decision as to which contraceptive to use is highly personal. It is crucial for women to be informed and aware of the risks, in advance, when deciding what birth control is right for them. The safest way to make this choice is by consulting with your care provider and utilizing a skilled medical professional for device implantation. However, if you have experienced the negative effects of one of these devices, you can trust the legal experts at Robert Peirce & Associates, PC. We can help you explore your legal options with the professionalism, care, and sensitivity you deserve,” said Watkins.

For over 40 years, Robert Peirce & Associates has been providing supportive and compassionate legal representation to people who have been injured because of faulty medical devices. There are various complications that may occur as a result of implantable birth control devices. It is important to work with a team of legal professionals that can help determine how to be compensated if an injury was sustained.

There are no fees or costs unless we win your case. In other words, you will never pay a fee unless there is a successful outcome. To make a no obligation appointment, contact Attorney Sara Watkins at Robert Peirce & Associates at 412-281-7229 or visit

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