What is Implant?

Contraceptive implant is a thin flexible rod around the length of a matchstick that can be used to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It is inserted under the skin of the upper non dominance arm.  There are two common types of implants: Implanon NXT (works for 3 years) and Jadelle (works for 5 years). Jadelle contains one progestogen hormone called Levonorgestrel while Implanon NXT contains another similar hormone called Etnorgestrel.


Who can use an implant?

You can use Implants if you want long term contraception for up to 3 or 5 years and wish to avoid daily, weekly or monthly attention or even if you are breastfeeding a baby who is at least 6 weeks’ old.

Who cannot use an implant?

You should not use Implants if you are already pregnant, have or have had acute liver disease or an undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, benign or malignant liver tumor, have or had breast cancer or any other cancer that is sensitive to progestin (a female hormone), or have had blood clots, such as blood clots in your legs (thromboembolic disease), or if you are  hypersensitive to Levonorgestrel or etnorgestrel.

How to use an implant

You will need a healthcare provider to insert it for you. IMPLANTS are inserted under the skin of your upper non dominance arm by a trained health professional. Once inserted, this tiny implant will release very low doses of hormones each day to help you prevent pregnancy until you want the implant to be removed.

Benefits of implant


It can prevent pregnancy for up to 3-5 years


It is safe and 99.9% effective


It avoids the stress of keeping up with a daily, weekly or monthly routine contraceptive


It starts working as soon as it is inserted


Releases low doses of hormones and quickly leaves the body when implant is removed


Its action is quickly reversible, so you can get pregnant soon after it is removed


It is suitable for women who desire long term contraception



What are the side effects of implants?

Some women may experience side effects while others will not.  Common side effects to expect include menstrual changes, such as frequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual bleeding, headache, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, breast tenderness and weight gain. These side effects can be handled by tackling the symptoms such as headache with painkillers and most are likely to go away after the first few months of the implant being inserted. Some other women may experience amenorrhea (no menstrual periods).




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