Contraceptive Implants

Implants for Adolescents: an option worth considering for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy

The long‐acting contraceptive implant is often considered for use in women who have chosen to stop childbearing or who are unsure of whether they want any children in the future. However, implants can be appropriate for all women, including adolescents who want to delay or space childbearing to ensure healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy.

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Fact Sheet: Contraceptive Implants

Progestin-only implants consist of hormone-filled capsules or rods that are inserted under the skin in a woman’s upper arm. Current systems consist of one or two rods.

Jadelle is a two-rod system designed to deliver a steady daily dose of levonorgestrel over a period of five years. Sino-implant (II) is identical to Jadelle but is approved for use over a period of four years. Implanon—a single-rod system—continually releases a low, steady dose of the progestin etonogestrel for a period of up to three years.

FAQ: Effectiveness of Contraceptive Implants beyond Labeled Use

Q: Progestin-only implants, such as Jadelle, Sino-implant (II), and Implanon, are currently approved by regulatory authorities for five, four, and three years of use, respectively. How effective are contraceptive implants if they are kept in place beyond their labeled use?

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Medical Eligibility Criteria Quick Reference Chart

This chart can be used to initiate or continue use of combined oral contraceptives (COCs), depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), progestin-only implants, copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD) based on a complete list of all medical conditions. This resource has been updated as of October, 2015.