Are you tired of constantly having to remember to take your birth control pill every day? Say hello to the Contraceptive implant, a small, flexible rod containing etonogestrel (a type of progestin). It is inserted under the skin of your upper arm and provides up to three years of contraception! There is one brand in Canada- Nexplanon®.
At our clinic, we understand the importance of finding a birth control method that works for your lifestyle and values. That’s why we’re excited to offer the contraceptive implant as a safe and effective option for our patients.
But how does it work, you ask? The implant releases a steady low dose of the hormone progestin, which inhibits ovulation, and thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. It also thins the lining of the uterus to make it less receptive to implantation. Often women will lose their period for the duration of the implant.
What are some of the benefits? One of the biggest benefits of the contraceptive implant is its long-lasting nature. Once inserted, it can provide up to three years of birth control without any maintenance or daily effort required. Plus, because it’s a progestin-only method, it’s safe for breastfeeding mothers and those who can’t take estrogen.
How is it inserted? Freezing is applied and one of our trained naturopathic doctors, uses the applicator to place the small rod just under the skin of the non- dominant arm. A small bandage is applied and kept in place for 3-4 days. Some mild bruising or skin irritation may occur. Both the insertion and removal visits are simple, in office procedures taking only 10-15 minutes.
Overall, the contraceptive implant is a convenient and reliable option for women seeking long-term reversible birth control options.
Contact our clinic to schedule a pre-screening consult with one of our naturopathic doctors to discuss if the contraceptive rod is right for you. 604-888-8325.
You can also submit the Contraceptive Implant booking form below, and we will reach out to you with 48 hours to book your screening phone visit.
Contraceptive Implants need a pre-assessment screening visit (10min) prior to the insertion appointment. This appointment can be via phone or virtual.
To book call (604)888-8325