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Implanon Insertion and Removal

Implanon: A Closer Look at Insertion and Removal

In the world of long-acting reversible contraceptives, Implanon stands out as a convenient and effective option for many. This small, flexible rod, implanted just beneath the skin, offers protection against pregnancy for up to three years. If you’re considering Implanon or planning to have it removed, here’s what you need to know.


What is Implanon?

Implanon is a hormone-releasing birth control implant. It’s a matchstick-sized rod that gets inserted under the skin of the upper arm. The active ingredient, etonogestrel, is released slowly into the bloodstream, preventing ovulation and thereby preventing pregnancy.


Insertion of Implanon:

  1. Consultation: Before insertion, you’ll have a consultation with your healthcare provider to ensure Implanon is the right choice for you. This may include a pregnancy test and a discussion about your medical history.
  2. Procedure: The insertion is relatively quick:
    • The area is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic.
    • Using a specially designed applicator, the Implanon rod is then inserted just under the skin.
  3. Post-Insertion: Once inserted, you should be able to feel the implant under your skin but not see it. Your healthcare provider will ask you to palpate the area to confirm its presence.

Removal of Implanon:

  1. Timing: Implanon can be removed at any time but should be taken out by the end of the third year.
  2. Procedure:
    • The area around the implant is cleaned and numbed.
    • A small incision is made at the end of the implant, which is then gently pushed to the surface and pulled out.
  3. Post-Removal: After removal, if you don’t wish to conceive, consider discussing other contraceptive methods with your healthcare provider. If you do want to conceive, it’s possible to get pregnant quickly after removal.

Benefits of Implanon:

  • Long-lasting: Provides up to three years of contraceptive protection.
  • Convenience: Once inserted, there’s no daily or monthly routine to follow.
  • Effectiveness: Over 99% effective when inserted correctly.

Possible Side Effects:

  • Changes in menstrual patterns (e.g., spotting, longer or shorter periods, or no periods at all).
  • Mood swings or depression.
  • Weight gain or changes in appetite.
  • Acne or other skin changes.

Implanon offers a long-term contraceptive solution that’s both effective and convenient. Whether you’re considering getting it inserted or are approaching the time for removal, it’s essential to discuss your options and any concerns with a healthcare provider. Your reproductive health and choices are deeply personal, so ensure you’re well-informed and supported in your decisions.

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