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Contraceptive implants. How safe it is

Contraceptive implants. How safe it is?

It is a family planning method that is about putting the implant under the skin of your upper arm inserted by the doctor using special device.

  • It releases the hormone progestin to stop you from getting pregnant. The hormone in the birth control implant prevents the release of egg from your ovary in every menstrual cycle (prevents ovulation).
  • In addition, it prevents the sperms from reaching into the egg by making the vaginal secretion thicker (prevents fertilization). It also changes the lining of the uterus (womb).
  • It prevents the attachment of fertilized egg into the lining which is very thin (prevent implantation).
  • Implant is a tiny rod about the size of a matchstick. Its released hormone reaches the body through blood circulation slowly.

Side effects:

  • Pain, bruising, numbness, infection and scarring may occur at the site of insertion.
  • Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, breast tenderness, acne, hair loss, weight gain, and vaginal irritation.
  • Menstrual period may be early or late.
  • Spotting on and off especially during first several months.
  • If prolonged bleeding, consult the doctor.
  • If you miss two periods in a row, contact your doctor.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly as it may raise it.


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