Let’s talk about the Implant
An implant is a rod, the size of a matchstick, containing a hormone, which is put just under the skin on your arm.
An implant is a birth control method with a very low failure rate when correctly inserted by a professional health care provider.
It can stay in place for three to five years. The implant gives off a steady supply of the hormone progestin, which prevents you from getting pregnant by thickening the cervical mucus and inhibiting ovulation.
What are the pros of Implant?
- Highly effective when inserted correctly
- No need to worry about birth control for three to five years
- Fertility returns as soon as the implant is removed
- Appropriate for women who can’t use birth control that contains estrogen
- It may reduce heavy and painful periods
- May provide protection from ectopic pregnancy, iron-deficiency anemia, and symptomatic pelvic infection
What are the cons of Implant?
The side effects include:
- Spotting – quite common
- Breast pain
- Ovarian cysts
- The period may become irregular, lighter, heavier, or longer, or may stop
- Nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, and mood changes
- In rare cases, the implant can move, or a provider may insert it too deep, making it more difficult to remove
An implant doesn’t protect against STDs.
Implants are great for women after giving birth, smokers over the ages of 35, and women with high blood pressure.
Implants are also suitable for women of any age, including young women (with or without children, married or unmarried).
They contain no estrogen thus they can be used by women who cannot use estrogen (e.g. immediately after birth, breastfeeding women, smokers older than 35, women with high blood pressure, etc.).
Do I need to visit a doctor?
Yes, you do.
You must see your doctor or healthcare provider get an implant since it requires a minor surgical procedure. They will ask you some questions and do a history screening before inserting the implant under the skin of your upper arm. It can stay in place for up to three years.
Inserting an Implant takes just a few minutes. It is painless since the procedure is done with local anesthesia.
A healthcare provider will take your implant out of your arm whenever you want to stop using it. He/she will tell you how to wash and take care of your skin for a couple of days after insertion and removal
In case you can’t feel the implant, the implant feels like it’s changed shape, notice any changes to the skin or feel any pain at the site of the implant, visit your doctor for further analysis.
For your birth control services, visit your nearest Marie Stopes Clinic or call them toll-free at 0800720005.
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You can also visit a government hospital near you.