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What can I expect at the doctor's office when I get a birth control implant?

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Your doctor or another health care provider will inject medicine to numb your skin on your upper arm, where you'll get the implant. That may sting a bit. Then, they'll use a device that pushes the rod through a needle. That won’t hurt. It feels like a little bit of tugging. The insertion process may take less than a minute.

Afterward, you should be able to feel the implant under your skin, but not see it.

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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