Birth Control Implant

Many birth control measures are available now a days and the latest among them are birth control implants. Birth control implants are small plastic devices made up of progestin and it works in the same manner as that of the birth control pills.

Usually implants are available as thin rods of 40 mm length and 2 mm diameter and are inserted just beneath the skin on the inner part of the upper arm. One implant is sufficient enough to control pregnancy for three years and is inserted after giving local anesthesia to the woman.

Since these implants do not contain any silicon or latex it does not get dissolved and rather has to be removed after three years.

How Birth Control Implant Works

Implant contains etonogestrel, a progestin which daily releases low dose of this hormone to the body to prevent the pregnancy.

About 60 to 70 micrograms of hormones are released per day during the first year and then this amount gets reduced over a period of time and by the end of third year the amount of hormone released may not be sufficient  to prevent pregnancy and hence it has to be replaced with another implant.

This hormone on reaching the body prevents the ovary from releasing eggs and turns the cervical mucus to hard substance where the sperms can’t swim properly and reach up to the egg. This hormone also makes the uterine lining thin so as to make the implantation a difficult task.

Pros and Cons of Implant

Birth control implant is a safe and effective method that can be used as an alternative for oral estrogen based contraceptives. It is a better birth control method as there is no need to take medicine every day and hence once inserted then no need to worry about it.

Once the implant is inserted then it is not visible and hence there is no embarrassment and the chances of success with this birth control method is 99%. Above all the women regains her fertility soon after removing the implant.

Since implant releases hormones it may cause certain side effects in some women like irregular bleeding, mood swings, headache, weight gain, acne, breast tenderness, depression etc.

Besides this in certain cases removing the implant is difficult as implant does not remain where it should be and if it is not removed before getting pregnant then it may cause ectopic pregnancy.

Hence insert implants only under the strict supervision of medical practitioner and enjoy your sex life without the fear of unwanted pregnancy.