CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANT
Munich

Contraception gynecologist Munich

Your gynecologist practice for contraceptive implant in Munich

The contraceptive implant is a small plastic rod (4cm in length and only 2mm wide) which contains 68mg of the progestogen etonogestrel. Similar to the pill, the continuous release of this progestogen prevents ovulation. It is placed under the skin on the inside of the upper arm and is fitted within the first five days of your menstrual cycle. It is inserted under local anaesthetic using a special applicator. During the first 7 days after fitting, an additional method of contraception (e.g. a condom) should be used during intercourse. Local anaesthetic will be necessary to remove the implant, which must be pulled out from under the skin.

Pearl Index: 0,0-0,1

Advantages:

  • low hormone intake
  • no decrease in effectiveness due to diarrhoea/vomiting
  • can be also used while breastfeeding
  • only needs to be inserted once every 3 years

Disadvantages:

  • change in bleeding patterns
  • insertion and removal require a minor surgical procedure performed under local anaesthetic
  • in overweight users the implant may become less effective during the 3rd year
  • possible side effects include acne, headaches, breast tenderness and weight gain

© 2021 Dr. Gabriele Anker