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How long does a birth control implant work?

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You can use a birth control implant for up to 3 years, then you need to get it replaced.

Removing it can take up to 20 minutes, depending on how much scar tissue has formed. Your health care provider numbs your skin and makes a tiny cut near the tip of the implant, then pulls it out. If you doctor can't feel it under the skin, an X-ray can show if it's in the right place.

SOURCES:

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Etonogestrel."

Isley, M. , December 2010. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Mommers, E. November 2012. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology,

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon)."

MDConsult Drug Monograph -- Etonogestrel

Espey, E. , March 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 18, 2017

SOURCES:

DRUGDEX Evaluations: "Etonogestrel."

Isley, M. , December 2010. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Mommers, E. November 2012. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology,

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Implant (Implanon and Nexplanon)."

MDConsult Drug Monograph -- Etonogestrel

Espey, E. , March 2011. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on September 18, 2017

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