If you're looking for a long-term contraceptive that does not require daily, weekly, or monthly dosing, Implanon may be an option for you.
Implanon is a long-acting prescription contraceptive that lasts for up to 3 years. Unlike many other forms of birth control, it does not require daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly dosing. Just one inserstion in your inner, upper arm lasts for up to 3 years and offers reliable protection against pregnancy.
Implanon is a flexible rod, about the size of a matchstick, that is place under the skin of your inner, upper arm by your physician. Implanon contains a hormone called etonogestrel, but does not contain estorgen. Only you and your provider will know it is there. Most women cannot see Implanon after insertion, but you should be able to feel it by pressing gently on your skin in the area where it was inserted.
Implanon works in several ways to prevent pregnancy. It prevents your body from ovulating (releasing and egg). Implanon also thickens the cervical mucus, which then acts as a barrier to preven sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg. Implanon is a reliable form of birth control with more than a 99% effective rate.
Implanon is reversible. If you change your mind and decide you want to have a baby, the ability to become pregnant usually returns quickly after your provider successfully removes Implanon. Some women have become pregnant within days after removal.