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What are birth control implants?

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Birth control implants are devices that go under a woman's skin. They release a hormone that prevents pregnancy.

The implant available in the U.S. is Nexplanon.  It’s a newer version of the implant Implanon.

The implant is a plastic rod about the size of a matchstick. It contains a form of the hormone progesterone called etonogestrel.

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 Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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 Traci C. Johnson on August 5, 2019

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