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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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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

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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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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?

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

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I have been having cramps lately with my birth control, implanon, and had previously had them with mirena, (levonorgestrel) could the pains be related?

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 more

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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?

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?

Confusing: Progestin iud like Mirena (levonorgestrel) does not 'cause' ovarian cysts. Normal ovaries always have follicular and/or luteal cysts, are you certain your cysts are not normal? Finally 'no, ' topical progsterone cream will not impact ovarian cysts or ovarian cycle at all. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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What is the best birth control nuva ring? Implannon? Pill? Shot? Mirena (levonorgestrel)?

What is the best birth control nuva ring? Implannon? Pill? Shot? Mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Best birth control: The answer depends upon the side effects that you may have, and the method of administration. I suggest choosing one, and if you are unhappy with it then change to another method. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Baumann
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Levonorgestrel (Definition)

Levonorgestrel is a progestin commonly used in oral contraceptives and the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. It has ...Read more


Dr. James Chapman
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Norplant (Definition)

Norplant is a women's ...Read more