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Birth control implants as a contraceptive


What is a Birth Control Implant?

A birth control implant is a match-stick like device made of plastic.It is placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor and it releases progesterone into the blood stream. This helps in preventing pregnancy by either delaying the release of eggs by ovaries or by stopping fertilisation or by not letting the fertilised egg implant itself in the uterus.These are sold under the brand name of Nexplanon and Implanon.

If you want to have a child, simply get the implant removed.


Effectiveness: Almost 100% (with very rare exceptions)

How long does it Last: It lasts for upto 3 years and, post that, it needs to be replaced and re-inserted by the doctor

Cost: INR 15000 onwards per implant

Where to Buy: Available in Health centres (with prescription)

STD Protection: No

Safe During Pregnancy: No

Side Effects: 

  • Ovarian cysts

  • Headaches 

  • Mood swings

  • Mild insulin resistance

  • Changes in menstruation patterns

  • Abdominal pain

  • Nausea

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Breast/cervical cancer

  • Weight gain

When to Avoid: 

  • In cases of Diabetes

  • Gallbladder disease 

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • History of seizures

  • Family history of breast/cervical cancer

It can be safely used immediately after childbirth/abortion/miscarriage. It's safe during breastfeeding as well.


How to use birth control implants as a contraceptive
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