Implants - Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers Chapter 8

Key points for Providers and Clients:

  • Implants are small flexible rods or capsules that are placed just under the skin of the upper arm.
  • Provide long-term pregnancy protection. Very effective for 3 to 7 years, depending on the type of implant, immediately reversible.
  • Require specifically trained provider to insert and remove. A woman cannot start or stop implants on her own.
  • Little required of the client once implants are in place.
  • Bleeding changes are common but not harmful. Typically,prolonged irregular bleeding over the first year, and then lighter, more regular bleeding or infrequent bleeding.

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