Contraceptive implant: what you need to know about this method of contraception
The contraceptive implant: what is it?
The contraceptive implant is a small stick the size of a match. It acts on the same principle as progestin-only pills, which are prescribed, for example, postpartum to women who are breastfeeding because they do not contain estrogen. Its action will not only block ovulation, thicken cervical mucus but also thin the endometrium to prevent implantation.
It is usually placed on the inside of the arm. Its implementation is not painful but the midwife, the gynecologist or the general practitioner who will install it may offer a small local anesthesia. It is fully effective for three years but can be removed before if the woman wants it.
Effective contraception for all
The contraceptive implant is one of the most effective methods, at 99.9%. Like other contraceptives, its effectiveness can be altered by certain drugs such as those prescribed to treat epilepsy, tuberculosis but also certain infectious diseases. The advantage of the contraceptive implant is that it is suitable for all women, even women over 35 who smoke and for whom the pill is contraindicated. Containing no estrogen, the implant does not increase the risk of thromboembolism.
Contraceptive implants: advantages and disadvantages
The contraceptive implant has many benefits and, when well tolerated, can really be the ideal contraceptive. It is important, however, to know what its side effects may be before choosing one.
- Very effective
- Once in place, no need to think about it. The implant works alone!
- Non-painful removal and removal
- Weight gain
- The flow of rules can vary: some women will not have rules for 3 years, others will have shorter or longer rules.
- Spotting: occasional blood loss outside the rules
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