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What is the difference between implanon and norplant (levonorgestrel)?

What is the difference between implanon and norplant (levonorgestrel)?

Type of Progestin: Both rely on a different synthetic progestin. Implanon is one rod that lasts 3 years and Norplant (levonorgestrel) was 6 rods that lasted 5 years. Both need surgical implantation and need to be surgically removed when they expire. Both can unbalance hormones and cause problems with weight gain etc due to that effect. ...Read more

Implanon (Definition)

Implanon is birth control method manufactured by merck pharmaceuticals. It is a single rod implant that is inserted under the skin in the forearm. It is a Progesterone containing long acting contraceptive with a duration of ...Read more


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Implanon etogestrel & norplant (levonorgestrel) levorgestrel what are the difference?

Impla3yrs/norpla/5rs: Implanon can not be left in for more than 3years and Norplant (levonorgestrel) can be left in for 5 years.Both are reversible and can be removed at any time doctors may consider earlier replacement of implant in heavier women. Norplant (levonorgestrel) is not available in us since july2002 Implanon is the only implanted contraceptive available in us at this time. ...Read more

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I've used norplant (levonorgestrel) before successfully. Can I use implanon successfully?

I've used norplant (levonorgestrel) before successfully. Can I use implanon successfully?

Yes: Implanon/nexplanon uses a single rod instead of 6 and is highly efective contraception for 3 years instead of 5. Otherwise the side effects are about the same as norplant (levonorgestrel). It is easier to insert and usually easier to remove. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the contraceptives norplant (levonorgestrel) and implanon?

Different hormones: Implanon & Norplant (levonorgestrel) are both a Progesterone type of birth control which are long acting and easily reversed. The Norplant (levonorgestrel) is 6 capsules inserted beneath the skin & good for 5 years. Implanon is one capsule good for 3 years. They're both extremely effective- & Implanon is considered the most effective form of birth control. Norplant (levonorgestrel) is no longer available in the us. Side effects same for both. ...Read more

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How is implanon inserted in the body?

How is implanon inserted in the body?

Under the skin: Implanon is a small Etonogestrel Implant placed just under the skin on the inner surface of the upper arm. It is usually placed placed in the non-dominant arm (ie, left arm if you are right-handed). Local anesthesic is used prior to insertion of the device with a needle. It is a quick and easy procedure and contraception lasts for 3 years. ...Read more

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Can implanon cause vaginitis?

Can implanon cause vaginitis?

Vaginitis: Implanon it self will not cause vaginitis. Vaginitis is caused by an imbalance in the bacteria of the vagina. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant on implanon?

Can you get pregnant on implanon?

Probably not BUT: It is easy to do a urine preg test and if u are still worried the doc who put the impanon in can do a blood preg test. ...Read more

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Does implanon affect muscle growth?

Does implanon affect muscle growth?

Not really. : Muscle growth or wasting are not reported side effects. In theory it is a steroid and may have some affect on the hormonal axis involving muscle growth. But given that it is a progestin this is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can the implanon make you infertile?

Can the implanon make you infertile?

No: Long acting reversible forms of contraception like Implanon or depotprovera or Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud will not result in infertility. However, if you fail to conceive after stopping one of these methods then an evaluation is in order....Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I have cramps on the implanon?

Why do I have cramps on the implanon?

Progesterone affect: This hormone basically thins out the uterine lining. Many times this means sporadic shedding of the lining, which releases a substance called prostaglandin--"the cramping hormone/substance.". ...Read more

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Do you insert implanon at your office?

Do you insert implanon at your office?

Yes: Or rather, the next upgrade, nexplanon. Most offices can't order either until they've gone through a training program. A very simple, less than 5 minute process. ...Read more

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Is implanon effective while on levothyroxine?

Is implanon effective while on levothyroxine?

Yes: Levothyroxine will not affect the effectiveness of Implanon. Implanon is an implanted device, levothyroxine is an oral tablet, and the two are not known to interact with one another. ...Read more

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