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Is Implanon The Same Thing As Norplant
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
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
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
I've had a mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD for 2 yrs & have a period every 3-4 mnths. I'm switching to an implanon. Is it likely that my period timing will change? Why?
Why change?: Overall Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud has a much better side effect profile than Implanon has. Many more women are unhappy with their bleeding with Implanon than they are with mirena (levonorgestrel). The Mirena (levonorgestrel) releases Progesterone locally straight to the uterine lining. Because of that, it controls bleeding much better. ...Read more
I have been having cramps lately with my birth control, implanon, and had previously had them with mirena, (levonorgestrel) could the pains be related?
Pelvic cramps: Implanon/nexplanon and Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud all have the Progesterone hormone in common.They can cause some cramps with the break through bleeding.Progesterone alone can't support the endometrium or lining of the uterus effectively-so you have bleeding due to shedding of lining and minor cramps.If the pain is intolerable or persistent please go for an exam and a pregnancy test with a sonogram- may be a cyst. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having side effects from mirena (levonorgestrel).I have lots of cysts growing on my ovary.Ob wants to use implanon can I use a 20mg topical progesterone instead?
I am on the implanon nxt contraception, if it's made my periods irregular would it be a good idea to take levlen (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) to regulate it?
No: Oftentimes one will experience irregular bleeding with a progestin only contraceptive. It's best not to take two entire methods - ie. The pill and the insert . There are unneeded risks associated with this approach. Off label use of a lower dose estrogen only product may be helpful - discuss this with your gyn. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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