New Birth Control Can be Implanted - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/20/06

New Birth Control Can be Implanted

There is the pill, the patch, there's even a ring, and now, the list of contraceptive choices may be growing again. The FDA is considering approval for a new type of implant called Implanon.

A previous implant called Norplant involved six rods about the size of match-sticks under the skin. But Implanon uses just one, which goes under the skin of the upper arm where it releases the hormone Progestin for up to three years.

"Someone who wouldn't mind having some unpredictable bleeding, who probably isn't going to want to get pregnant over the course of the next few years, although the rod can be removed at anytime and normal periods and the ability to get pregnant promptly resumes after its removal," said  Dr. Janet Schaffel a Gynecologist.

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