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Subdermal Implant for Birth Control

Subdermal Implant for Birth Control

Picture of subdermal implant for birth control

The progestin-only hormone implant (such as Implanon)

The progestin-only hormone implant releases hormones that prevent pregnancy for 3 years. It must be inserted and removed by a trained health professional. The actual implant is about the size of a matchstick and is inserted under the skin on the inside of the upper arm.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of May 4, 2012

Current as of: May 4, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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