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Contraceptive implants are a long-term birth control method that is implanted under the skin of the upper arm. They are also called long-acting reversible contraception.
They are a convenient option for women who want to prevent pregnancy but do not want to use daily birth control methods like pills, patches, or vaginal rings. The implant is effective for up to three years and can be conveniently removed by your doctor at any time if a woman changes her mind about the implanted contraceptive.
Overall, the purpose of a contraceptive implant is to give women control over their reproductive health and prevent unintended pregnancy.
If you wish to incorporate contraceptive implant as part of your family planning regime, make an appointment with our doctors to assess if contraceptive implant is the right method for you.
How does Contraceptive Implant Work?
A contraceptive implant is a small, flexible plastid rod that is placed under the skin of the upper arm.
Once implanted, it releases a low, steady dose of the hormone progestin.
Progestin is a type of hormone that prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary). It also thickens the mucus of the cervix. This makes it hard for sperm to reach the egg. Progestin also thins the lining of the uterus. If sperm do reach an egg, this makes it harder for the fertilised egg to attach to the uterus.
Is Contraceptive Implant Effective?
The contraceptive implant is one of the most effective forms of birth control, with a failure rate of less than 1%. This means that less than 1 out of 100 women who use the implant will become pregnant.
Is Contraceptive Implant Reversible?
Yes, the contraceptive implant can be removed anytime you decide not to continue with it because you wish to switch to a different method of birth control or if you want to get pregnant.
How Long Does Contraceptive Implant Last?
It can last for up to 3 years before it needs to be replaced.
How Is the Contraceptive Implant Inserted?
The contraceptive implant is inserted under the skin of the upper arm by a doctor. It is an easy, convenient procedure is done using a local anaesthetic.
Are There Any Side Effects of the Contraceptive Implant?
Like any medication, contraceptive implants can have potential side effects. Some of the common side effects of contraceptive implants include:
- Changes in menstrual cycle: This is the most common side effect of contraceptive implants. Many people may experience irregular bleeding, spotting, or even prolonged bleeding.
- Headaches: Some people may experience headaches, which can range from mild to severe.
- Mood changes: Some people may experience mood changes, such as depression, anxiety, or irritability.
- Weight gain: Some people may experience gain weight while using contraceptive implants.
- Acne breakout: Some people may experience acne breakout due to the changes in homones.
- Nausea: Some people may experience nausea or vomiting.
It’s important to note that not everyone will experience these side effects, and many people find that the benefits of contraceptive implants outweigh the potential side effects.
Is the Contraceptive Implant Suitable for Everyone?
The contraceptive implant is generally safe for use for most women. However, it may not be suitable for women with certain medical conditions, such as liver diseases or blood clotting disorders. Our doctors will be able to determine if the implant is a suitable birth control method for you after taking your medical history.