What is Implanon used for?
Implanon, with the generic name etonogestrel, is a subdermal implant indicated to prevent pregnancy among women. It is a thin and small plastic rod inserted under the skin which slowly releases etonogestrel over a period of three years. Note that this birth control medication may not work for women who are obese or overweight. Also, this drug is not intended to protect women and their partners against sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV.
This is available in Implanon 68 mg implant.
How does Implanon work?
This progestin works primarily by preventing the release of an egg or ovulation during the menstrual cycle. It also increases cervical mucus viscosity, which helps prevent fertilization (sperm reaching an egg). Lastly, it also alters the lining of the uterus, particularly the endometrium, in order to prevent the attachment of a fertilized egg.
How to use Implanon
Read the Implanon information sheet that comes with this medicine to get started. Do not use this birth control medication without fully understanding the drug information and warnings printed in the manual. If you need additional medical advice or have inquiries regarding the possible risks of this drug, you may ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Talk to your physician about the best time to have the rod inserted. It may be necessary to take a pregnancy test first. This implant is usually inserted within the first five days of the menstrual cycle. This birth control method is meant to work right away.
This implant will be inserted by a healthcare professional beneath the skin in your upper arm. It is preferably inserted in the arm of your non-dominant hand. You should feel the rod after it has been inserted. If you cannot feel the rod or feel as if it is bent, report immediately.
The insertion site should be covered with two separate bandages. You may remove the top bandage 24 hours after it has been replaced. For the smaller bandage, it should be kept in place for 3-5 days. Make sure that the bandages will stay clean and dry.
Implanon Side Effects
Common side effects:
- Pain or bruising at the site where the rod was inserted
- Abdominal cramps
- Breast tenderness
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Vaginal irritation
- Changes in menstrual period
There are usually only mild and temporary side effects associated with this drug. If the adverse reactions persist or worsen, you should consult your doctor or any health care professional. To report severe side effects, you must do the following:
- High blood pressure
- Mental or mood changes
- Severe abdominal pain
- Unusual fatigue
- Lump in the breast
- Symptoms of blood clots (chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, fainting, sudden dizziness, trouble speaking, serious headache, sudden changes in vision, weakness on one side of the body)
This is not a complete or full list of the side effects of Implanon.
Precautions when using Implanon
Before you begin using this implant, you should disclose your entire medical history to your physician, especially breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cysts, blood clotting disorders, hypertension, high levels of cholesterol or triglyceride, diabetes, migraine, gallbladder problems, migraines, kidney disease, liver disease, edema, stroke, and unusual vaginal bleeding. Certain diseases or disorders may directly impact how your body will respond to the therapy. Moreover, you should talk about all the prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, supplements, and herbal products you are taking because of possible side effects.
Be cautious of an allergic reaction while on this medication. Do not have this rod inserted if you have a known allergy to etonogestrel, norethindrone, desogestrel, or any of the antiseptics that may be used in this procedure. Signs of hypersensitivity response are breathing trouble, severe dizziness, skin rashes, hives, and swelling of the face and neck. Seek immediate medical attention if this occurs.
Do not use this birth control method if you are using tobacco, smoking cigarettes, or above the age of 35. These factors can increase the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke, blood clots, and heart attack.
Among the adverse effects of progestin are dizziness and headache. These reactions may be triggered or worsened by the use of alcohol. Thus, alcohol consumption should be avoided or limited while on this medication. You should also practice caution when driving, operating machinery, or doing any activities that require alertness.
This type of medication may cause dark, blotchy patches on the skin, particularly on the face. Sun exposure may worsen this side effect. Limit your time in the sun and avoid tanning indoors. You should also apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing when going outdoors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Implanon effective immediately?
Yes, this contraceptive works immediately after it has been inserted.
Does Implanon birth control fail?
The failure rate of this birth control method is less than 1% as long as it is inserted properly.
What are some Implanon removal side effects?
You may lose weight and experience headaches after this implant has been removed.
Can breastfeeding moms use Implanon?
This contraceptive implant may be used four weeks after giving birth.
How much does Implanon cost?
You may check the price of this birth control drug from this page.
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Implanon (Etonogestrel). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Implanon (Etonogestrel).