Contraception is defined by the World Health Organization as the decrease in the likelihood of having and conceiving a child, by using any device or procedure. Different methods of contraception exist, each one has its effectiveness and constraints. Among these methods, we find the condom, contraceptive pills or the contraceptive implant.
The contraceptive implant is a small, cylindrical plastic device that resembles a matchstick. This small stick is implanted in the arm of the woman and propagates and diffuses contraceptive hormones. This will help prevent ovulation and prevent the woman from getting pregnant.
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How does a contraceptive implant work?
This method of contraception implanted in the woman's arm continuously releases a female hormone directly into the blood. This hormone called etonogestrel helps stop ovulation and therefore the menstrual cycle. Unlike the contraceptive pill or the contraceptive patch, the contraceptive implant does not diffuse estrogen.
It contains a synthetic progestin that will be released in controlled and minimal doses. The implant acts according to three principles and actions:
- Prevent ovulation.
- Thin the uterine lining.
- Curb access to sperm by making cervical mucus thicker.
How long does the contraceptive implant last?
The contraceptive implant is the most effective method of contraception of all the existing devices. Indeed, its efficiency borders on perfection and is 99.9%. The remaining 0.01% is caused by improper handling during the installation of the device.
However, the lifespan of this contraceptive method is limited and does not last indefinitely. Even if it works directly after implantation, the effectiveness of a contraceptive implant only lasts an average of three years.
For which women is this device prescribed?
This device is dedicated to women who do not want or cannot use estrogen-based contraceptives such as pills, patches or rings. For some women, the use of combined contraceptives is not recommended because of the effects they can have on their bodies. It can also replace other contraindicated devices such as the IUD, also called an intrauterine device.
In addition, the implant is not recommended for women with the following diseases:
- Pulmonary embolism.
- Tumor sensitive to sex hormones.
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- Liver disease.
How the transplant works in Istanbul?
Before implantation in Istanbul, the midwife or gynecologist puts the patient on an anesthetic patch or simply applies an ointment. Then, the doctor inserts the implant in the weak or non-dominant arm of the woman (left arm for right-handed people and vice versa). The operation is done using a needle and is not painful.
Contraception begins to be active 24 hours after implantation, which is why it is necessary to use another method of contraception such as a condom for the first 15 days. It is also advisable to visit the gynecologist 3 months after the operation for a check-up.
Advantages and disadvantages of placing a contraceptive implant
Placing a contraceptive implant is an intervention that has several advantages, for example:
- High efficiency (99.9%).
- Lowers the risk of getting pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Fertility quickly regained after removing the implant.
- Long-term contraception at a lower cost.
- It is easily removed if the woman wants to have children.
However, it also has a few drawbacks, including:
- It does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
- An interaction with certain antibiotics or even anticonvulsants may occur.
- Sometimes contraception may not be immediate.
Risks and side effects
Side effects after having a contraceptive implant are rare, but they can appear as they have been in many patients. Among the side effects:
- Weight gain.
- Repercussions on libido (decrease or increase).
- Influence on menstruation (longer, shorter or less frequent periods).
In most cases, this procedure is safe, but some have appeared in some patients. Among these risks, neuro-vascular damage where the implantation took place.
Reviews and price of contraceptive implant in Turkey
The price of placing the contraceptive implant depends on the clinic in which you have it, but also on the country. Turquie Santé assures you the lowest prices in our clinics and hospitals in Turkey and Istanbul, which offer the best gynecological care.
Reviews and testimonials from our patients who have undergone this procedure are available for more information and details. For a personalized quote and a free consultation, click on the link below.
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Some women may experience slight pain or discomfort during the procedure, while others may find it relatively painless.
In fact, before insertion, a local anesthetic may be administered to minimize pain. However, even with anesthesia, some patients may experience a slight pinching or pressure sensation during implant insertion.
Yes, the implant can be removed at any time, whether because you wish to stop contraception or for other reasons related to your health or your choice of contraceptive method.
To do this, the implant is removed through a small incision in the skin, under local anesthetic if necessary. Once removed, you can resume your normal fertility.
Most women regain their ability to conceive quickly after the contraceptive implant is removed. However, the precise time may vary from one woman to another. Some women may regain their fertility within the first few menstrual cycles following removal, while others may take a little longer.
The contraceptive implant insertion can lead to weight gain, especially for women weighing over 80 kg. To reduce this risk, avoid keeping the same implant for 3 years. Instead, change it after 24 to 30 months.
Yes, although it is rare, the contraceptive implant can break. Contraceptive implants are generally made from flexible, durable materials designed to withstand normal body movements. However, in rare cases, they may break or bend.
If the implant breaks, it may be difficult to remove. As well, its contraceptive efficacy may be reduced. If you suspect that your contraceptive implant has broken, it's important to contact your healthcare professional immediately to assess the situation. He will verify the location and integrity of the implant, and decide on the best approach to remove or replace it, if necessary.