Relatively new to the world of birth control technology, the Implanon rod is injected underneath the skin of the upper arm by your doctor. Slowly releasing a progestogenic hormone called etonogestrel, Implanon provides highly reliable protection from pregnancy for the course of three years. Most doctors will want to see you every 6 months for a check-up while using the rod.
How is Implanon inserted?
The rod is inserted relatively pain free into the underside of the upper arm after a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. A special applicator is used to insert the rod underneath the skin, taking about one minute. You won’t be able to see the rod, but you can feel it with your fingers. After insertion, tissue forms around Implanon to make sure it doesn’t move. You may experience minute swelling, but other problems are rare.
The rod itself is 40 mm in length and 2 mm in diameter (about 1.5 inches by 0.08 inches), and is made of a biodegradable synthetic material that is commonly used in artificial joints.
When is the best time to have Implanon inserted?
The great thing about Implanon is that it can be inserted at any time, but your doctor may recommend that you have it inserted between the first and fifth day of your period. If Implanon is inserted at another time, you should use a back-up contraceptive for the first 7 days.
How does Implanon work?
Implanon contains 68 milligrams of etonogestrel that is released over a three-year period. About 60 – 70 micrograms per day are released in the first year and the amount decreases over time until only about 25 – 0 micrograms per day are released in the third year. After the third year, Implanon will continue to release some hormone, but it will be at ineffective low levels. The etonogestrel thickens cervical mucus, which in turn prevents sperm from fertilizing an egg and from allowing any egg that does happen to get fertilized from implanting itself in the uterine wall. Implanon also completely inhibits the release of eggs from the ovaries during the first two years, and continues to do so during the third year, but less effectively.
How is the rod removed?
Taking about two minutes, removal of Implanon takes slightly longer than the insertion, but with the use of local anesthetic, most women describe “mild discomfort.” After a tiny incision is made in the skin near the tip of the rod, your doctor then pulls it out from underneath the skin. Once removed etonogestrel will no longer be in the bloodstream, and fertility returns to normal within one month. You may have a small scar where the rod was removed.
Are there any side effects?
About 5 percent of women who use Implanon have experienced irregular (or missed) periods, weight gain, acne, headaches, or breast tenderness. Another 2.5 percent have reported hair loss, changes in mood and/or libido, abdominal pain, or painful periods. Increase in blood pressure is also another known side effect, which is why going for your regular check-ups is very important.
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