Implanon is a long-term birth control implant, so you do not have to worry about contraceptives prior to the sexual intercourse. It gets implanted into your upper arm, and usually local anesthesia is used. The device is made of medical plastic that is sterile and soft. This contraceptive rod is 40mm (1.5 inches) long and 2mm (0.08 inches) in diameter. The implant gets inserted into your body and stays there for a maximum of three years. The approximate cost with insertion is around 500-800 dollars US.
How does it work? Once the birth control implant gets inserted into your arm, it starts to continuously release small doses of etonogestrel (a progestin) to protect against pregnancy. Progestin is a term for synthetic progesterone. Implanon contains 68 milligrams of etonogestrel that is released in the period of three years. Every day delivery of the hormone is low and steady, so you will not encounter hormonal ups and downs as with birth control pills.
What you should be aware of?
Keep in mind that all side effects of Implanon are similar to any birth control pill. The most common side effect is irregular bleeding. For majority of women, the period becomes light but unpredictable. The period stops completely within one year for 1 out of 3 women. You might also encounter headaches, acne, slight weight gain and breast tenderness. Serious problems due to this contraceptive are very uncommon. However, if you have any complications, you should inform the doctor as soon as possible.
Women that are allergic to latex, silicone or cannot use estrogen based contraceptives, do not have to worry, Implanon does not contain any of those materials. No birth control is 100% effective, but Implanon, is quite close with 99% effectiveness. Once the device is removed, the ability to get pregnant is very fast. Some women reported pregnancy within 1 week of removal. Moreover, it is safe to be used by women that are breastfeeding.
If you finally decided to go with Implanon, you should find a qualified doctor. The manufacturer Organon sponsors Clinical Training Program. Make sure your doctor is specifically trained and qualified to do the insertion and removal of the product. If the device is not properly inserted you might encounter complications.