The Implant

What is IMPLANON?

IMPLANON® is a small plastic rod containing a hormone called etonogestrel that is implanted into your arm.

How does it work, and is it effective?

IMPLANON® is a small rod inserted under the skin of your upper arm that slowly releases the hormone into your body. The rod can remain in place and provide continuous contraception for up to 3 years. When inserted correctly the IMPLANON is 99.8% effective, and the chance of getting pregnant is less than 1%.

Are there any side effects from using the IMPLANON?

The most common side effect is a change in your menstrual period

  • headache
  • vaginitis
  • weight gain
  • acne
  • breast or stomach pain
  • viral infections such as colds, sore throats, sinus infections
  • mood swings, nervousness or depression
  • nausea or dizziness
  • may be pain at the site of insertion

What should I know about choosing the IMPLANON?

  • safe, simple and convenient
  • ability to become pregnant returns quickly when you stop using it
  • can be used while breastfeeding
  • for women who cannot take estrogen
  • it gives continuous long-lasting birth control without sterilization
  • no daily routine needed
  • nothing needs to be put in place before vaginal intercourse