The implant contains a progestin reservoir which is released in tiny doses during the three years or five years depending on the type to prevent pregnancy. It will need to be replaced after this time as the hormone reservoir will run out.
Yes, it can be felt. There will be a tiny mark at the point of insertion which should not be very visible providing the implant has been inserted by a trained healthcare provider.
Yes. Many women find that heavy, painful periods are reduced. There can sometimes be irregular bleeding initially, but this should go away after the first few months.
The implant should be inserted within seven days after the onset of menstrual bleeding, or immediately or within seven days after abortion.
If the contraceptive implant is inserted at any other time, you will need to use an additional barrier contraception method for the following seven days.
If you have any questions, please consult with your healthcare provider.
No. Local anaesthesia is used so there should be very little pain. The procedure takes only a couple of minutes. However, there might be a bit of bruising or soreness afterwards.
It depends. Studies have shown no significant harmful effects on the growth or health of infants whose mothers began to use contraceptive implants six weeks after childbirth. There is no data to support the use of the implants earlier than six weeks after childbirth.
Once the implants are removed, the contraceptive effect wears off quickly and you can become pregnant as rapidly as women who have used no contraceptive at all.
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Accessed on September 6, 2016