How to Get IMPLANON Removed

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Implanon is inserted under the skin of the arm.
Implanon is inserted under the skin of the arm. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Implanon is an estrogen-free birth control device that is implanted into the arm. It is good for a time period of three years from implantation, at which time it has to be removed. If the patient desires, a new Implanon device can be inserted at that time. Having the Implanon removed is a fairly easy process requiring an office visit with a trained professional. The implant is removed under local anesthesia.

Removing Implanon

Schedule an appointment with your OB/Gyn or family doctor. Make sure to inform the scheduler that the purpose of the appointment is for Implanon removal, and indicate whether you will require implantation of a new device or not.

Prepare yourself before the appointment by taking a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area before the procedure, but the early use of a pain reliever will help once you leave the office. Do not take aspirin, however, since it thins the blood and can increase bleeding during the procedure.

Go to the Doctor's office and relax while the device is removed by a professional. The procedure to remove the Implanon involves an in-office, minor surgical procedure. Your provider will make a small incision in your skin where the Implanon device is and remove it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the decision has been made to discontinue use of Implanon, be sure that a backup method of birth control is used unless the desire is to become pregnant.
  • Implanon can only be removed by a health care professional who has completed a training course offered by the makers of Implanon.
  • There is a slight possibility that infection or scarring may occur from removal of the Implanon.
  • In some cases, the device may be difficult or impossible to locate. In such a case, ultrasound or MRI may be needed to find the device. If the device was too deeply implanted or has migrated from its original location, surgery in the hospital may be required.

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