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Contraceptive Implant

Contraceptive Implant

What is the contraceptive Implant?

The Contraceptive Implant, also known as a Birth Control implant is a long-term, reversible, hormonal contraceptive in the form of tiny thin rods that are inserted into the upper arm. These rods release a hormone that prevents pregnancy for 3 to 5 years.

How big is the Contraceptive Implant?

The Contraceptive Implant comes in small, flexible plastic rods or capsules (the size of a matchstick) inserted under the upper arm’s skin. A woman can not initiate or terminate the usage of a contraceptive implant on her own. Implants can only be inserted or removed by a trained healthcare provider.

How does a Contraceptive Implant work?

Once inserted, the Contraceptive Implant releases the hormone progestin, similar to the progesterone that is naturally found in a woman’s body. It works by:

  1. Preventing ovaries from releasing eggs
  2. Thickening cervical mucus to block sperm from getting to the egg [1].

How long does the contraceptive Implant last?

The Contraceptive Implant can prevent pregnancy for up to five years, and there are different types:

  1. Implanon, or Nexplanon, is a one-rod containing etonogestrel. It’s effective for three years, although studies have shown that it can last up to five years (can be seen on an X-ray).
  2. Jadelle is two rods containing levonorgestrel. It’s effective for up to five years.
  3. Levoplant – also known as Sino-implant – comes in the form of two rods containing levonorgestrel. It’s effective for three years [2].

How effective is the Contraceptive Implant?

It provides 99.9% protection against pregnancy and other associated risks, including ectopic pregnancy. Some medications can however reduce the implant’s effectiveness. If you are considering a Contraceptive implant, remember to mention any medication you are taking to your healthcare provider.

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