It works mainly by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) during your menstrual cycle. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. This product does not contain any estrogen.
What does the rod do to your period?
When it’s first put in, you may feel some bruising, tenderness or swelling around the implant. Your periods may become irregular, lighter, heavier or longer. A common side effect is that your periods stop (amenorrhoea). It’s not harmful, but you may want to consider this before deciding to have an implant.
What are the side effects of the implant?
Side effects associated with contraceptive implants include:
- Abdominal or back pain.
- An increased risk of noncancerous ovarian cysts.
- Changes in vaginal bleeding patterns, including absence of menstruation (amenorrhea)
- Decreased sex drive.
- Mild insulin resistance.
- Mood swings and depression.
How long after getting the rod does it work?
When does it start working? It’s immediately effective if inserted during the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle, which starts with the first day of bleeding. The implant is effective after 7 days if it is inserted at any other time in the menstrual cycle.
How effective is the rod against pregnancy?
The contraceptive implant is more than 99.8 per cent effective in preventing pregnancy. But, remember that no contraceptive is 100 per cent reliable; statistics show that 1 in 20 women may still get pregnant.
Can the implant cause depression?
Painful periods. Mood swings, nervousness, or depressed mood. Back pain. Nausea.
Does the rod make you gain weight?
To date, there isn’t any evidence suggesting that the implant actually causes weight gain. In fact, many studies have concluded the opposite. For example, a 2016 study concluded that women using the implant didn’t gain weight, though they felt they had.
How safe is the implant?
How effective is the implant? The implant is one of the best birth control methods out there — it’s more than 99% effective. That means fewer than 1 out of 100 people who use Nexplanon will get pregnant each year.
Has anyone ever fell pregnant on the implant?
Nearly 600 women have become pregnant despite using a popular contraceptive implant, a health watchdog has said. There have also been more than 1,600 reports of adverse reactions to the Implanon device, which is designed to prevent pregnancy for three years.
How can I get pregnant with the implant in my arm?
As this method of contraception is more than 99% effective, it is very rare that you will get pregnant on the contraceptive implant. As the implant stops ovulation this means that there is also no egg to fertilise.
Can the implant move in your arm?
Myth 2: The implant can move to another part of your body.
On occasion, it can shift a little, but almost always less than an inch from the place where it started.
Is the rod better than the pill?
But if you miss a day or two or take the pill it at different times of day, the pill becomes about 91% effective. Once your doctor places the rod in your arm, you’re done. This low-maintenance birth control method provides a less than 1 in 100 chance of getting pregnant in the next year.
What is the best birth control?
The kinds of birth control that work the best to prevent pregnancy are the implant and IUDs — they’re also the most convenient to use, and the most foolproof. Other birth control methods, like the pill, ring, patch, and shot, are also really good at preventing pregnancy if you use them perfectly.
Does the implant stop your period?
The hormones in the implant can help with painful or heavy periods. The implant may ease cramps and PMS, and it will usually make your period lighter. 1 in 3 people even stop getting their period altogether after a year on the implant. It’s totally safe to not get a period while you’re on the implant.
Can you have the rod and be on the pill?
If you are taking the regular, combined hormone contraceptive (CHC) pill, the implant can be inserted on the first pill-free day after you finish the packet. Protection is then continued without a break.
Does the rod help with acne?
Sometimes, acne can be caused by switching from the combined pill to an IUD. This is because some pills contain estrogen and progestin: a mixture of hormones that can reduce testosterone levels and therefore help combat acne .