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Implanon does not protect against sexually transmitted infections. By using a latex or female condom you can reduce your risk of infection.

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What Is Implanon?

Implanon is a thin, flexible plastic rod implanted underneath the skin of the upper arm. No one will be able to tell that you have it! It is about the size of a matchstick and protects against pregnancy for up to three years. It is reversible and can be removed.

How Does Implanon Work?

Implanon releases a hormone called progestin. Hormones are chemicals that act as signals in our bodies. In this case, this hormone prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. Pregnancy cannot happen if there is no egg to join with sperm. The hormone also acts by thickening a woman’s cervical mucus. The mucus blocks sperm and makes it a challenge to join with an egg.

How Effective Is Implanon?

Less than 1 out of 100 women a year will become pregnant using Implanon. It lasts up to three years.

Some medicines and supplements may make Implanon less effective:

Rifampin (an antibiotic to treat Tuberculosis)
Certain HIV medicines
Some anti-seizure medicines
St. John’s wort

How Safe Is Implanon?

Many women have no problem using Implanon but all medications have some risks. Talk with your health care provider about your health and whether Implanon is likely to be safe for you.

What Are the Benefits of Implanon?

Using Implanon is safe, simple, and you don’t have to think about it.

There are many advantages to using Implanon such as:

It is safe while breastfeeding
It can be used by women who cannot take estrogen due to special health conditions
Birth control is long lasting but still reversible
There is no medication to take every day so no extra worries!

What Are the Disadvantages of Implanon?

Many women use Implanon without any problems. As with any medication however, side effects can occur.

Mild Side Effects May Include:
Irregular bleeding may occur, especially in the first 6-12 months of use. Bleeding patterns can be unpredictable so it helps to be flexible! For most women, periods become fewer and lighter but a few women have longer and heavier periods. Some women will have spotting or bleeding between periods. After 1 year of use, 1 in 3 women will have no periods and it’s perfectly safe! How’s that for making life easy!

Less Common Side Effects May Include:

Appetite changes
Scarring over the implant
Pain at the insertion site

Serious Side Effects of Implanon:
Serious problems do not occur often and serious problems usually have warning signs.

Tell your health care provider immediately if:

You have arm pain.
You have bleeding, pus, and increasing redness or pain at the insertion site.
You have unusually heavy or prolonged bleeding from your vagina.
The implant comes out.

How Is Implanon Inserted and Removed?

Implanon is usually placed during the first 5 days of your period to be immediately effective. Your health care provider will select an area underneath your upper arm and inject the area with a small amount of painkiller. Implanon is inserted under the skin similar to an injection and takes only a few minutes.

The implant is effective for three years after it is inserted. After that, it should be removed. Implanon can also be removed at any time. Your health care provider will numb the area with a painkiller and will usually make one small cut to remove the implant. This takes just a few minutes. A new implant may be inserted at this time. Pregnancy can happen anytime after the implant is removed.

How Do I Get Implanon?

You will need to see a health care provider to have Implanon placed.

How Much Does Implanon Cost?

The total cost of the exam, Implanon, and insertion may range from $400–$800. Removal can cost between $75 and $150.

Medicaid and private health insurance may cover Implanon.