What is it?
Implanon is a single-rod contraceptive implant that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. Implanon provides protection against pregnancy for 3 years. Implanon is currently available by appointment at WCIHNJ. Implanon insertion is typically done in our office. The actual procedure takes just a couple of minutes, though preparation will take about 15 minutes.
How does it work?
The tiny rod releases hormones on a daily basis and works by suppressing ovulation. Implanon does not contain estrogen and is therefore an excellent alternative for women who do not tolerate estrogen. Implanon helps to thicken cervical mucus prohibiting sperm to enter the uterus. It also thins the lining of the uterus to make it less suitable for a fertilized egg.
Who can get it?
Females of any age who are not currently pregnant.
What are the advantages of Implanon?
- Insertion is quick (average 1.1 minutes, and 2.6 minutes for removal)
- User compliance is not an issue (no day-to-day responsibility for patient)
- Highly effective
- Can be removed at any time, and fertility rapidly returns to pre-implant levels
- No estrogen
Many insurance programs will cover Implanon, and the patient should give all of this information to the staff scheduling her appointment.