Over the years and the changing priorities of women, motherhood, which was one of the greatest female dreams, has been left as a background, sometimes even as a third. With this, medicine has been updated and modernized to meet all women’s needs and contraceptive methods adaptable to all types of organisms. Among the list of contraceptives that has been successful and their demand gradually increasing, the contraceptive implant still raises many doubts for women, so we will clarify more about its functioning and how to use it.
Considered by the WHO (World Health Organization), as the safest hormonal contraceptive, even more than the tubal ligation, the method still provokes a lot of curiosity and insecurity due to the lack of information among women.
What is the Contraceptive Implant?
The contraceptive implant or contraceptive implant is a cylinder made of special plastic with the name EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), the size of a toothpick, which contains progesterone hormones in its composition. Totally flexible and sterile, it measures around 4 cm in length and 2 mm in diameter and is applied with the help of an applicator that must be discarded after use. It has its action started after being placed under the skin, usually in the arm region. After being inserted, the contraceptive implant will release small doses, and in a continuous way, daily doses of the hormone.
How does the contraceptive implant work?
The action of the contraceptive implant is initiated shortly after being inserted under the patient’s skin. Usually the area indicated by gynecologists is that of the upper arm, reducing the chances of any discomfort in the area.
In contact with the bloodstream, the contraceptive implant begins to release small daily doses of the hormone progesterone, which prevents ovulation from occurring, in addition to making the cervical mucus with a different texture, thicker, which makes sperm survival difficult and their locomotion to the uterus, preventing fertilization of the egg.
Before making the decision to use the method to prevent contraceptive implant pregnancy, it is necessary to talk to the doctor who accompanies you, usually the gynecologist. Not all women can use this method of contraception, so it is necessary to evaluate and if necessary some additional tests, in addition to confirming that you are not pregnant. After your gynecologist concludes that this is the recommended method for you, the date of placement of the contraceptive implant will be scheduled.
How is the contraceptive implant placed?
The contraceptive implant can be implanted inside the doctor’s office, as long as it is accompanied by a professional in the area specialized in this type of contraceptive implantation. Initially, local anesthesia is given, where a special needle-shaped applicator is inserted under the skin and immediately afterwards , the contraceptive implant is left inside the skin. The placement procedure lasts around 2 minutes and is completely painless.
The contraceptive implant was developed with the comfort of women in mind, the effectiveness and mainly a way to free them from the daily control contraceptive, which can be a problem for the forgotten ones or even due to their agitated routines, to live forgetting to take the pill correctly. . In addition to this comfort, the contraceptive implant provides a long-lasting action and has a continuous release of the hormone in the blood for up to 3 years.
Even though it is a long-term contraceptive, it can be removed at any time, through a quick and simple procedure in the office. Withdrawal must be performed by a health professional qualified for the procedure. After withdrawal, the action of the contraceptive implant is completed and the woman is able to become pregnant at any time.
Side Effects of Contraceptive Implant
As it is a hormonal contraceptive, it is common to change the menstrual cycle . Changes in the amount of flow have been reported, as well as menstrual absence for a certain period. Menstrual leaks in the first months of use, the appearance of acne and pimples, changes in weight and tenderness in the breasts were also observed.
Common effects of using hormonal contraceptives can occur, even less frequently than other hormonal methods. Headaches, nausea, reduced libido , changes in mood, dizziness, abdominal pain and pain in the area of the contraceptive implant may occur. All symptoms were observed in the first six months of use, disappearing over time.
Contraceptive Implant Benefits
The greatest benefit of the contraceptive implant is the convenience of having no daily, monthly or quarterly maintenance and worry after the application like other methods. But there are other reasons for you to choose this method, in addition to this comfort:
- Reduces the discomfort of colic ;
- 99% effectiveness;
- It does not disturb or interrupt sexual relations;
- It can be used in breastfeeding ;
- It has a prolonged action of up to 3 years.
Among the benefits of the contraceptive implant is also the fact that it can be used by women who have contraindications for use for estrogen-based contraceptives.
IMPORTANT: Like all hormonal contraceptives, the contraceptive implant does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, so use a condom to protect yourself from STDs.
When to Change the Contraceptive Implant?
After placing the contraceptive implant, medical follow-up in the coming months is recommended to analyze the adaptation and the presence of side effects. After the first six months, consultation is recommended at least once a year for follow-up. The contraceptive implant should be replaced on average after completing 3 years of use. The removal of the implant in use and the replacement of the new contraceptive implant is performed at the same time , in the office, in a simple and painless way.
Contraceptive Implant Value
The value may seem high, compared to the other usual contraceptive methods. But when taken into account the durability time and all the benefits proposed by the method, it becomes totally viable and a very satisfactory option.
The amount to be paid for the contraceptive implant plus the medical insertion procedure can vary between R $ 900.00 to R $ 2 thousand reais. If you have doubts about the method and are still unsure of opting for this contraceptive, talk to your gynecologist to find the best option for your body and your routine.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.