Implanon is a contraceptive, single rod implant inserted just under the skin of a woman’s upper arm that is known to be effective for up to three years. Implanon prevents pregnancy in three different ways. First, it prevents the release of egg from your ovary. Second, it keeps sperm from reaching the egg by thickening of the cervix mucus. And lastly, it changes the lining of the uterus. However, Impalnon should be removed by the end of the third year and can be replaced by a new one if desired to continue with the birth control process. Once it has been removed your ability to get pregnant usually returns quickly.
Implanon Side Effects:
Changes in the menstrual cycle is one of the common side effects, as Implanon may cause your menstrual periods to become irregular throughout the use of the product. Other common side effects include headache, acne, mood swings, weight gain, breast tenderness, dizziness, nervousness, pain at site of insertion have been reported.
There are also side effects that are related with the insertion and removal process of Implanon such as, pain, swelling, bruising at the site of implant, infection, scarring or even keloid formation, very rarely is expulsion of the device.
The possibility of having an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy occurring outside the uterus) if you become pregnant while on Implanon is high. Ectopic pregnancy is dangerous and could cause serious internal bleeding or even death. Certain medications could also affect the efficacy of Implanon use of non hormonal contraceptive may be needed for back up.
Any abnormal or uncommon side effects should be reported to your healthcare practitioner and should be given high importance. Report any medications that you are taking or intend to take such medications may influence the Implanon’s Efficacy. It is better to consult your Doctor if Implanon is best for you.
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