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Contraceptives: How Implants Work

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inplantAn implant is a small plastic rod, about the size of a matchstick, which is inserted just under the skin on the inside of the upper arm. The rod slowly releases a female hormone called progesterone into the bloodstream over a period of three years, says expert.

It works to prevent pregnancy with a continuous release of progestin, which is one of the hormones found in birth control pills. This keeps the egg from being released from the ovaries and prevents sperm from reaching the egg.

Research gathered that Implants won’t protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is a good idea that both partners have an STI test before having unprotected s ex, even if the girl has Implanon.

Implants work in three ways: Prevents ovulation (an egg from being released from the ovaries every month). Temporarily thins the lining of the womb to prevent a fertilised egg from attaching to it. And also, thickens the discharge from the cervix to help prevent sperm from going into the womb (uterus).

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When the rod is inserted correctly by a doctor, Implant is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. And your natural fertility will return as soon as you have the implant removed.

Your periods are likely to change, some will have no periods while few will have their normal flow, but most women have a change in bleeding pattern. Research has shown that about one woman in every seven who gets an implant has it removed because of bleeding problems.

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