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The etonogestrel contraceptive implant is made of plastic and contains hormones that will last for three years.

How it works
The implant is placed under the skin of the inner upper arm and can stay in place for up to 3 years. It is inserted with local anaesthesia. You can’t see the implant, but you can feel it when you press your fingers against it.

How to use it

If you insert the implant the first or second day of a period, you will start being protected against pregnancy after seven days. If you insert it on any other day, you must wait 14 days before you are protected against pregnancy. Use other contraceptives in the meantime until you’re protected from pregnancy.

There is also a higher risk of intermenstrual bleeding.

Side effects
The contraceptive implant does not increase the risk of blood clots and can, therefore, be used by those who can’t use contraceptives containing estrogen.

Uncomfortable but harmless side effects:

  • Bleeding disorders/irregular periods
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Pimples
  • Tender breasts
  • Decreased sex drive

Effectiveness
The implant is 99.9% effective against pregnancy for three years after insertion. After three years, the effectiveness is less certain.

Advantages

  • You can have unprotected sex without worrying about pregnancy
  • PMS, ovulation and period cramps are reduced or alleviated
  • Some lose their period after a few months
  • No need to think about contraception for three years

Disadvantages

  • May cause side effects in the first few months
  • Does not protect against diseases
  • Doesn’t let you regulate your periods
  • Expensive (the lump sum for buying and inserting is high, but over time it is cheaper than most other contraceptives)

Source: www.sexogsamfunn.no

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