CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANTATION (HRT)
Contraceptive implants are a long-term birth control option. They come in the shape of a flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that is implanted under the skin of the upper arm. Often times, women choose this form of birth control because it provides a long-term result to prevent contraception.
Contraceptive implants release hormones that thicken cervical mucus and thin the lining of the uterus (endometrium). Contraceptive implants typically suppress ovulation as well.
There is only one type of contraceptive implant that is currently approved by the FDA in the United States – Nexplanon, which is radio opaque, meaning it can be seen on X-ray, which is sometimes necessary to check the location of the implant.
- Convenience – it can be removed easily upon request and will not impact your fertility.
- Uninterrupted sexual activity – implantation ensures contraception is in place without having to stop during intercourse for condoms or remember a daily pill.
- Can help with periods and endometriosis symptoms.
- Does not include estrogen.
Contraceptive implants are not for everyone. Your health care provider may discourage use of a contraceptive implant if you:
- Are allergic to any components of the implant
- Have had serious blood clots, a heart attack or a stroke
- Have hepatic tumors or liver disease
- Have known or suspected breast cancer or a history of breast cancer
- Have undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding