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Implanon is a prescription contraceptive medication indicated to prevent pregnancy. It is a flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick inserted under the upper arm's skin. Implanon works by slowly releasing a synthetic hormone called etonogestrel into the body over a three-year period.
Etonogestrel is a progestogen hormone that thickens the mucus on the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg. It also changes the lining of the uterus, making it less hospitable for the implantation of fertilized eggs.
Implanon slowly releases the hormone into the body over a three-year period and provides highly effective contraception. The medication may not work as well in women who are overweight or obese and may have adverse side effects in some individuals.
Uses and Dosage
To prevent pregnancy, Implanon is a small plastic rod inserted under the skin by a healthcare professional. Etonogestrel is released slowly into the body over a period of three years, which is similar to a hormone produced naturally in your body, and the product does not contain estrogen.
When scheduling your appointment, consult your doctor regarding the best time to have the rod placed. A pregnancy test may be needed, and the medication typically begins working immediately during the first 5 days of your period. If the appointment is at another time in your menstrual cycle, a non-hormonal backup form of birth control may be necessary for the first 7 days after the rod is placed.
Make sure you can feel the rod under your skin after positioning it and notify your doctor if you cannot feel the rod under your skin or if it has been bent or broken. Two bandages will cover the area where the rod is placed, and the top bandage must be kept on for 24 hours. The smaller bandage should be kept for three to five days under your doctor's guidance. Keep your bandage clean and dry.
After three years, the rod must be removed, but it can be replaced if continuous birth control is necessary. A qualified health care provider may remove the rod at any time if birth control is no longer required or in the case of side effects.
Common Side Effects of Implanon (Etonogestrel):
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in your menstrual periods
- Flu like symptoms
- Menstrual cramps
- Sore throat
- Stomach pain
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Weight gain
Serious Side Effects of Implanon (Etonogestrel):
- Blurred vision
- Breast lump
- Chest pain or pressure
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling short of breath
- Mood changes
- Pain or warmth in one or both legs
- Pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder
- Pounding in your neck or ears
- Problems with vision or balance
- Severe headache
- Severe pain or cramping in your pelvic area
- Sleep problems
- Slurred speech
- Stabbing chest pain
- Sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body)
- Sudden severe headache
- Sudden vision loss
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
- Tired feeling
- Warmth, redness, swelling, or oozing where the implant was inserted
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Form and strength
Implanon (Etonogestrel) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 68 mg
- Problems with insertion and removal, which may include pain, irritation, or infection.
- Thrombotic and other vascular events
- Changes in menstrual bleeding patterns such as heavy bleeding, prolonged bleeding, amenorrhea or absence of a menstrual period, and spotting or irregular bleeding
- Other medicines may affect the effectiveness of Implanon implant, or the implant may affect the effectiveness of other medicines.
- Mood changes such as depression, fatigue, or mood swings
- Potential weight gain or weight loss
- Skin reactions such as itching, redness, or rash at the insertion site
- Interference with breast-feeding due to hormonal changes
- Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy in case of a failure to prevent pregnancy
- Breast cancer risk may be increased in women who use hormonal contraceptives, including Implanon.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Implanon implant be used while breastfeeding?
Implanon implant is considered safe to use while breastfeeding but talk to a healthcare professional about any concerns or questions.
How is Implanon inserted and removed?
Implanon implant is inserted under the skin of the upper arm by a qualified healthcare professional. It can be removed at any time by a healthcare professional as well.
How long does Implanon last?
Implanon implant can last up to three years.
Does Implanon implant protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
No, Implanon implant does not protect against STIs. Use additional protection such as condoms to prevent STIs.
It's important to purchase Implanon from verified Canadian pharmacy.