Implanon is a small, thin, implantable hormonal contraceptive that is effective for up to three years. It was approved in July, 2006 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It does not contain estrogen. The implant is a flexible plastic rod the size of a matchstick that is put under the skin of a woman’s arm in an in-office procedure.
Implanon works in the following ways:
Implanon has a failure rate of less than 1% in the first year.
Women who want a very effective, long-term, reversible method of hormonal birth control.
Women should not use Implanon if they:
Implanon must be inserted and removed only by a health care provider who has completed a clinical training program specifically about Implanon. Insertion is a minor procedure that can be performed here at Family Tree. The insertion is done using a local anesthetic and generally takes a few minutes.
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