What is Implanon?
Implanon is a small (matchstick sized) contraceptive device which is placed under a woman’s skin on the inside of the left upper arm. It contains progesterone and is used as a form of birth control.
It is used as a long-term contraceptive device in women. It helps to prevent women from falling pregnant by releasing progestin into the body at regular intervals. Once the Implanon device has been implanted into the body, it remains effective at preventing pregnancy for up to three years. This device should not be used by women who smoke, as it may increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks or blood clots.
Implanon is used by women who wish to remain sexually active with their partner but who do not want to fall pregnant while doing so. It is more than 99% efficient in preventing unwanted pregnancies. A doctor or nurse will insert the Implanon device under the skin of the upper arm with the help of a needle and an applicator.
The rod can be removed by a doctor at any time if it is found to cause unpleasant side effects in the patient. It is important to remember that while the Implanon device helps prevent unwanted pregnancy, is not able to protect the patient against any sexually transmitted diseases.