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What is Implanon?
Implanon is a small rod (the size of a match)of slow release progesterone that is deposited underneath the skin as a form of female contraception.
What is in Implanon?
Implanon contains one hormone called progesterone. The type of progesterone is called etonogestral.
How does it work?
Implanon works primarily as a contraceptive by inhibiting ovulation. It also can change the thickness of the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from passing through the cervix.
How effective is Implanon?
Implanon is more than 99% effectively.
How long does it last?
How is the Implanon inserted?
Implanon is inserted by a doctor along the inside of the left upper arm. Local anaesthetic is used before the insertion. A special type of insertion needle is used to insert the device under the skin. The implant can be felt in the skin afterward. It is inserted in the first 5 days of a period.
How is Implanon removed?
Implanon is removed by anaesthetising the area and making a small cut to pull out the implant.
How long does it take to work?
There is immediate contraceptive effect if inserted in the first 5 days of the cycle. If inserted at any other time addition contraception must be used for 7 days.
What are the side effects?
There are a range of side effects. These can include the following;
Bleeding patterns usually change and bleeding may stop, become heavy, be irregular
Acne (but this might improve too)
Potential weight gain
What should I do if I have heavy bleeding?
There are a few options for trying to regulate heavy or annoying bleeding whilst on Implanon. You should talk to a doctor about this.
What are the risks associated with Implanon?
There are few risks associated with Implanon.
Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from having Implanon?
There are a few medical conditions that represent contra-indications to using Implanon. Some of these include;
Serious reaction to a COC
- Recent breast cancer
Undiagnosed genital tract bleeding
Allergy to any component