WHAT IS A CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANT?

Contraceptive implant is a thin flexible rod around the length of a matchstick that can be used to prevent pregnancy for up to five years.

There two common types are IMPLANON NXT  which works for up to 3years and JADELLE which works for up to 5years.

WHAT DOES IT CONTAIN?
Jadelle contains an  hormone called Levonorgestrel while Implanon NXT contains another hormone called Etonorgestrel.


HOW DOES IT WORK?
The  implant  works by stopping the release of the egg. It also thickens the mucus at the neck of the womb thereby stopping sperm from getting through to the womb to fertilize an egg. Also, the hormone makes the wall of the womb thinner and prevents any fertilized egg from attaching to the womb. It is 99% effective for preventing pregnancy.


HOW IS IT USED?
The implant is inserted under the skin of  your upper arm  by a trained health  professional. Once inserted, this tiny implant will release very low doses of hormones each day to help you prevent pregnancy until you want the implant to be removed.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS AND HOW DO YOU HANDLE THEM
Some women may experience side effects while others may not. Common side effects to expect  include menstrual changes, such as frequent or irregular or prolonged  menstrual bleeding, headache, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, breast tenderness and weight gain. These side effects can be handled by tackling the symptoms such as headache with painkillers and  most are likely to go away after the first few months of the implant being inserted. Some other women may experience amenorrhea (no menstrual period) but this is not a problem while on this method. However, a pregnancy test can be done whenever pregnancy is suspected.

WHO CAN TAKE IT?

You can take JADELLE or IMPLANON NXT implant if;
you want  a long  term contraception for up to 3 or 5 years
you wish to avoid daily, weekly or monthly attention
you are a breastfeeding mother whose baby is at least 6 weeks  old.
you are a busy career woman.

CAN YOU USE IT IF YOU ARE BREASTFEEDING?
Yes, you can; provided you are eligible for this implant and your baby is up to 6 weeks old.

WHO CANNOT TAKE IT?

You should not use Jadelle Implants if you are:
hypersensitive to Levonorgestrel,
already pregnant,
have or have had acute liver disease before ,
have an undiagnosed vaginal bleeding,
have benign or malignant liver tumor ,
have breast cancer or any other cancer that is sensitive to progestin (a female hormone),
 have had blood clots, such as blood clots in your legs(thromboembolic disease.)