- How does the contraceptive stick work?
- Who is the contraceptive suitable for?
- Interactions with other drugs
The contraceptive implants is a small, four-centimeter-long and two-millimeter thick hormone-loaded plastic stick, which is implanted in the skin on the inside of the upper arm. It contains the progestogen etonogestrel, which is continuously released to the body over a period of three years. The contraceptive stick is considered the safest method of contraception. Learn more about the contraceptive stick.
How does the contraceptive stick work?
The hormone etonogestrel, which is slowly released from the hormone implant to the blood, inhibits the release of the luteinizing hormone (LH), which is responsible for ovulation, in the brain (more precisely: pituitary anterior lobes). In addition, it thickens the mucus plug on the cervix, so that sperm can not penetrate into the uterus. The uterine lining is also changed so that a possibly fertilized egg can barely nest.
The contraceptive stick has the same overall effect as the mini-pill, a hormonal spiral or a three-month syringe. The Pearl Index, which shows how many out of every 100 women who use the same contraceptive method for one year, accidentally get pregnant, is between 0 and 0.08 for the hormone swab, making it the safest method of contraception available. The effect of the contraceptive stick begins with implantation into the skin.
Who is the contraceptive suitable for?
The contraceptive must be prescribed, inserted and removed by your doctor. It is suitable for all women who for health reasons can not or do not want to use estrogen-containing contraceptives. Even women with chronic gastrointestinal diseases, where the effect of a pill can not be guaranteed, benefit from the hormone implant. If your family planning is complete and you want long-term contraception, the contraceptive stick may also be the right method for you.
Due to the high cost of the hormonal rod, you should be sure that it can stay in the skin for over three years.
Benefits of the hormone implant
Clear advantage is the three-year contraceptive protection by the chopsticks. Contraception is therefore not an issue that you have to deal with on a regular basis. You can not make application errors and you will not have any complaints that you might otherwise have due to the cycle. In addition, diarrhea and vomiting have no effect on the effect of the contraceptive stick - which may well be the case with the pill. Once the hormone implant has been removed, if desired, you can get pregnant within three months.
Hormone implant: Possible side effects
Common side effects of the contraceptive are intermittent and spotting, which may last for a long time. In rare cases, the bleeding can be completely absent. Cycle disorders and weight gain are possible, and mood swings and depressive moods occur as a side effect of the hormone rod. There is also an increased risk of osteoporosis due to the lack of estrogen. If you used to have or have had acne, your skin may get worse with the hormone swab. Also, hair loss and a feeling of tightness in the breasts are possible side effects.
Interactions with other drugs
Various medicines can attenuate the contraceptive in its contraceptive effect, because they accelerate the hormone degradation in the liver. These include antibiotics, anti-epileptic drugs, St. John's wort and anti-fungal agents, tuberculosis and HIV. If you get prescribed medications from your doctor, always inform him that you have one contraceptive implants have implanted and ask for possible interactions.