Have you heard about Implanon? It's an implantable hormonal contraceptive (a flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick) that contains a hormone called etonogestrel (it's estrogen-free), and was approved in July 2006 by the U.S. FDA.
It's 99% effective at protecting you against pregnancy when inserted correctly, and it lasts for up to 3 years. This type of birth control is definitely for someone who is not thinking about starting a family anytime soon, or for someone who's already had kids and doesn't want to have anymore.
How does it work? Implanon is inserted through a needle into the skin of your upper arm by a doctor. The hormones are released slowly into the body which prevents you from ovulating. It must be removed, with a tiny incision, after 3 years. As soon as it's removed, you're fertile again!
What are the DISADVANTAGES? To find out
- Warmth, redness, swelling, itching, pain, or oozing might occur where the implant was inserted or removed.
- If Implanon is not placed properly, it may not prevent pregnancy or it may be difficult or impossible to remove. You may need special tests to check that Implanon is in place or to help find it when it's time to take it out.
- Thick scar tissue can form around the insert, making it difficult to remove. You may also get a scar on your skin when Implanon is inserted or removed.
- You can expect irregular or unpredictable bleeding the entire time you are using Implanon.
- Many women complain of mood swings, depression, weight gain, acne, breast pain, stomach pain, swelling in your ankles or feet, headaches, and nausea when on Implanon. Severe pain or cramping in your pelvic area might also occur.
- Certain medicines may make Implanon less effective and you may need to use a back-up non-hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy.
- This implant does NOT protect you against STIs such as HIV.
- Sudden weakness or numbness can occur on your body.
- If you're the 1% that does get pregnant when using Implanon, you have a higher risk of having an Ectopic pregnancy.
Okay, well I think you've heard enough. Implanon sounds like one seriously risky form of birth control if you ask me. Has anyone out there had luck with it? If so, please share below!