Implant as a contraceptive.

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Implant as a contraceptive.




An implant is a progestin which is long acting. It is like a natural hormone made of six plastic capsules. One example is norplant 36mg, where each capsule consists of 6mg of levanogestrel. However, jadelle is currently the implant used in Kenya.

The main contraceptive benefits of the implant are:

  • It is highly effective.
  • There is an immediate return to fertility.
  • It offers continuous long term protection (five years).

The main non-contraceptive benefits of the implants are:

  • No effect on breast feeding.
  • Lighter, shorter periods.
  • Decreased breast tenderness.
  • Decreased dysmenorrhoea.
  • Does not increase blood clotting disorder.
  • Protects against endometrial cancer.

However, there are several limitations associated with the implant. It must be inserted and removed by trained providers. It involves minor surgery with appropriate infection prevention. You must practice asepsis on insertion and removal. Finally, it does not provide protection against STIs, HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B.


Who Can Use Implants?

The following categories of women can use implants:

  • Women of reproductive age.
  • Women of any parity, nulliparous included.
  • Breast feeding mothers after six weeks post partum.
  • Heavy smokers of any age.
  • Women who can not use combined oral pills due to oestrogen related contraindications.
  • Post abortion patients.
  • Women with sickle cell disease, hypertension or valvular heart disease.

However, there are several categories of women who cannot use implants and you must note these carefully:

  • Breast feeding mothers less than six weeks post natal.
  • Pregnant or suspected to be pregnant.
  • Women with unexplained abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Women who have breast cancer or history of breast cancer.
  • Women with active liver disease.



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