Implanon™ is the latest advancement in female contraception. Implanon is a state-of-the-art single-rod implantable contraceptive method that lasts for up to three years. Implanon is ideal for women who prefer not to think about birth control every day, week, or month. Implanon is reversible; it can be removed at your request. The FDA approved Implanon in 2006.
Implanon is a small rod that contains a contraceptive hormone. It is inserted in your arm during a short in-office procedure. Implanon is not noticeable, providing you with a discreet method of birth control.
Implanon releases a low steady dose of etonogestrel (progestin). Implanon does not contain estrogen. Implanon prevents pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing eggs. Implanon is one of the more effective methods of birth control. Studies show that the chance of getting pregnant with Implanon is very low, with less than one pregnancy per 100 women who used Implanon for a year.
Your doctor will review the risks and side effects associated with Implanon. You may experience a change in your menstrual periods, such as irregular, unpredictable, or absent bleeding. Implanon is not a recommended method of contraception for women who smoke or have a history of blood clots.