The Contraceptive Implant Procedure
Contraceptive implants (birth control implants) are small, hormone filled, flexible silicone tubes, capsules or rods which are inserted under the skin in the upper arm. They slowly release a hormone are effective for up to 5 years. The implant must be inserted by a trained doctor or nurse and is about forty millimeters long. It provides a long term method of hormonal contraception.
Contraceptive implants are 99% effective. The implant is inserted in on the first day of your period and it provides protection within 24 hours. Implants are a safe and effective method of long-term contraception for most women and they are reversible at any time. You will return to fertility immediately upon removal. They work by stopping sperm from reaching the egg by thickening the mucus from the cervix, stopping the egg from settling in the womb and may stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month.
The Various Types of Contraceptive Implants
Contraceptive implants, depending on the various manufacturers and countries in which they are approved, offer different releasing hormones and vary in the number of capsules which must be inserted. The various implants release different hormones which are: levonorgestrel, etonogestrel, and nomegestrol acetate. The numbers of capsules or rods which must be inserted are one, two or six depending on the manufacturer and country in which you reside.
The Risks and Menstrual Changes Associated With Birth Control Implants
Most commonly, women experience irregular bleeding and changes to their periods which tends to settle down after the first year. Although rare, some women experience side effects including weight gain, headaches, acne, breast tenderness and bloating. These changes are not dangerous and usually disappear with time. Depending on your personal medical history and current medical condition, contraceptive implants may not be for you and only you physician can approve these implants.
The Cost of Contraceptive Implants
Depending on your choice of implant, the average cost in the US is between $300 and $700 plus $100 – $200 for removal.