It’s a tiny flexible plastic rod, the size of a matchstick inserted in the upper arm. Better known as Implanon which is now “Nexplanon” contains Progestin hormone called etonogestrel that keeps sperms from reaching the eggs. It stays effective for up to 3 years.
How to use the product
Implant have the get and forget procedure. After Implants are inserted, you don’t have to do nothing. Just sit, it’s that easy .Your health care provider inserts the implant just under the skin of the inner side of your upper arm. You won’t even feel it. It can stay there for 3 years with no pain, no pricks, just birth control.
IMPLANON prevents pregnancy in several ways. It stops the ovaries from releasing eggs. It can also thickens the mucus in your cervix that blocks the sperms. Chances for pregnancy is very low.
Everyone has some things they worries about. This shouldn’t be a problem, most women have had complaints about such scenarios. We’re talking negative side effects.
- Not safe for women with breast cancer.
- Most women get random periods in the first 6–12 months of use.
- You might get lighter periods or skip at times.
Other less common complaints:
- Change in sex drive.
- Infection or pain in the arm, rarely.
- Sore breasts.
- Weight gain.
Who should not use IMPLANON (etonogestrel implant)?
You can’t use an IMPLANON if you:
- Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
- Have or have had serious blood clots, such as blood clots in your legs (deep venous thrombosis), lungs (pulmonary embolism), eyes (total or partial blindness), heart (heart attack), or brain (stroke).
- Have liver disease or a liver tumor.
- Randomly experience unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- Do implants users require follow-up visits?
No. It’s not necessary. Annual visits may be helpful for further preventive care.
- Can implants be left permanently in a woman’s arm?
No. Implants are for use only for 3 year not more than that otherwise they become less effective and might be at a risk of getting pregnant.
- Can implants cause cancer?
No. There is no risk of getting any cancer when using implants. In the first place, it’s not for those with cancer.
- How long does it take to become pregnant after the implants are removed?
Well, you can get pregnant if you remove the implant. Usually a month tops. Fertility is regained immediately after they are removed. Some women may have to wait a few months to see their periods.
- Do implants cause birth defects? Will the fetus be harmed if a woman accidentally becomes pregnant with implants in place?
No. They do not cause any birth defects and will not otherwise harm the fetus if a woman becomes pregnant while using implants or accidentally has implants inserted when she is already pregnant.
- Can implants move around within a woman’s body or come out of her arm?
No. Implants do not move around in a woman’s body. The implants remain where they are inserted until they are removed. But it can happen if they are not inserted well or because of an infection where they were inserted.
- Do implants increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy?
No. On the contrary, implants greatly reduce the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are extremely rare among implant users.
- How soon can a breastfeeding woman start a progestin only method implant?
WHO guidance calls women to wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth to start a progestin-only contraceptive method.
- Should heavy women avoid implants?
No. These women should know, however, that they need to have Implants replaced sooner to maintain a high level of protection from pregnancy. Such women should have their implants replaced, if they wish, after 3 years.
- What should be done if an implant user has an ovarian cyst?
They may cause some mild abdominal pain, but they only require treatment if they grow abnormally large, twist, or burst. These follicles usually go away without treatment.
- Can a woman work soon after having implants inserted?
Yes. A woman can do her usual work immediately after leaving the clinic as long as she does not bump the insertion site or get it wet.
- Must a woman have a pelvic examination before she can have implants inserted?
No. it is not necessary.