Norplant is a long-term method of birth control. Six soft capsules the size of matchsticks are surgically inserted under the skin of the inside of the upper arm and release a synthetic hormone called Progestin for 5 years.
99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy
Does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections
How Norplant Is Used
Your health care provider will numb a small area of your upper arm with a local anesthetic. A small incision (cut) will be made, and the six Norplant capsules will be inserted. This procedure takes about ten minutes. Norplant must be inserted within the first seven days of the beginning of a normal menstrual cycle. Protection against pregnancy begins within 24 hours.
You need to have a follow up visit within the first two to three months of use. In addition, you also need to receive a complete gynecological exam every year. If you have any problems, see your health care provider. Norplant must be removed after five years of use. It can also be removed at any point before five years.
Benefits of Using Norplant
Long-term birth control--prevents pregnancy for five years
Nothing to be taken daily or used before sexual intercourse
Does not contain estrogen so women who cannot use birth control pills may be able to use Norplant
Can be removed at any time
May offer some health benefits such as protection against endometrial cancer
Implants are sometimes difficult to remove. Most common side effects are irregular periods and spotty bleeding.
Planning A Pregnancy
Studies indicate that your chances of getting pregnant are the same as before use of Norplant