What is a contraceptive implant and how does it work?
Contraceptive implants are a set of one or two flexible rods that are inserted under the skin of the upper arm of the patient. They are very thin and around 2-3cm long. The implants release hormones into your body that prevent the patient from being pregnant. The implants must be inserted by a healthcare provider; the procedure lasts less than 10min and the woman is protected for 3 to 5 years, depending on the implant. Once inserted, the woman is free from daily reminders or routines!
What are the benefits of contraceptive implants?
Implants are one of the most effective contraceptive methods: more than 99% effective, meaning fewer than 1 woman among 100 gets pregnant while using contraceptive implants. There are many other benefits:
- Effective within 24 hours after the insertion
- Limited side-effects
- Low-cost procedure
- Almost immediate return to fertility after removal
- Does not interfere with daily activities
- No need for a routine check until the removal
- Can be inserted at any time as long as the woman is not pregnant
What happens when the implant is inserted or removed?
Watch our video on the procedures. These videos were created for healthcare providers but can help you understand what happens when implants are inserted or removed.
- Product insertion:
- Product removal:
Is the contraceptive implant recommended for everyone?
All women can use contraceptive implants as a birth control method unless if:
- They are/think they are pregnant
- They’ve recently experienced unexplained vaginal bleeding
- They have severe liver infection or tumor
- Have a history of breast cancer
Also, if the patient is using special medicines, she should check with the healthcare provider if Levoplant is right for her.
Women can use implants even if they:
- Recently had a child
- Have just had an abortion, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
- Are smokers
- Are breastfeeding
- Are HIV positive
Finally, implants can be used by any woman of reproductive age.
What are the disadvantages of contraceptive implants?
There are two main disadvantages when using contraceptive implants, even though it is a very effective and convenient birth control method. The first one is that implants DO NOT prevent STDs. Also, implants can have side effects:
- Breast pain
- Weight gain
- Ovarian cysts
- Pain or bruising was inserted
- An infection may occur where the implants are inserted
How women can get contraceptive implants?
Women can ask any healthcare provider and doctor for getting the contraceptive implant. The implant may be given for free or at a low cost. Even if the implant seems to cost more than other birth control methods, women will save money, because the methods work over a duration of several years.
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