Implanon Birth Control
Implanon is a new type of contraceptive implant as it received FDA-approval in July 2006. It consists of a thin rod, 40 mm in length and 2 mm in diameter -- about the size of a cardboard matchstick. It is made from a flexible plastic and is inserted under the skin in the arm. Implanon is a progestin-only method and provides about 3 years of pregnancy protection. Insertion requires a local anesthetic and only takes a few minutes. The implant can also be removed anytime before the 3 years are up. Implanon does not contain latex or silicone and will not dissolve, so it must be removed.