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Contraceptive Implants

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Contraceptive implants consist of hormone-filled capsules that are inserted under the skin in a woman's upper arm. Implant contains a hormone, like progesterone, which prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation. It also affects the mucus produced by cervix which prevents implantation of a fertilized egg.

Females could have sex whenever she likes - without having to worry about getting pregnant. Also, she wouldn't have to worry about using condoms, or remembering to take the Pill. Implants do not protect from HIV/AIDS or other STIs. Use a condom, if you or your partner may be at risk.

Advantages of Contraceptive Implants

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Can be safely used after childbirth and while breast-feeding.


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Does not interfere with lovemaking.


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Fertility returns immediately upon removal of implants.


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Helps protect against uterine cancer.


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Protection within 24 hours of insertion.


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Works up to five years or until removed.


Disadvantages of Contraceptive Implants

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A woman may have trouble finding a clinician who will remove her implants.


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Can test for possible side effects prior to insertion by taking Progestin-only birth control pills.


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Cannot be used by women who have a history of certain types of high blood pressure, breast cancer, unexplained vaginal bleeding, liver growths, blood clots in veins, meningioma (a type of brain cancer), and possible pregnancy.


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Cannot be used by women with liver disease, breast cancer, unexplained uterine bleeding, and blood clots.


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Certain drugs (Rifampin and most anti-epilepsy drugs) may reduce the effectiveness of implants.


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Depression and premenstrual symptoms may become worse.


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Females may gain weight, lose hair, develop headaches or note darkening of the skin over your implants. Implants may cause some arm discomfort.


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May not be good for women with High Blood Pressure, Gall Bladder Disease, Elevated Cholesterol, Irregular Periods, Light Periods, Headaches, Heart Disease, and Seizure Disorders.


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Not all clinicians insert implants.


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Side effects possible: Irregular Bleeding, Prolonged Periods, Light Periods, Hair Loss, Decreased Interest In Sex, Acne, Depression, Prolonged Time Between Periods, Weight Changes, Headache.


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Some implants can be seen and felt.