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Contraceptive implants: Implanon
Implanon is a small contraceptive implant that lasts for three years.
Just four cm long and two mm wide (match stick size), it is inserted by a doctor trained in the procedure, under the skin just above the inside of your elbow.
How does Implanon work?
Implanon contains a hormone, like progesterone, which prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation.
- While the implant can be felt, it cannot be seen
- It is inserted very simply after a local anesthetic numbs the area
- The procedure takes just a few minutes and lasts three years
- Depending upon when in your cycle it is inserted, it can be effective immediately or within seven days of insertion
- After removal, a woman's ovulation, and fertility returns to normal within three weeks
- It is almost 100 percent effective
- Removal is quick and easy
- It is available on prescription via the PBS.
What are the disadvantages/side effects?
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Breast pain
- Possible weight gain
- If it fails, an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy