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Can i still get pregnant if i have the Implanon?
Implanon is a brand name for the birth control implant. It’s also available under the brand name Nexplanon. The birth control implant is the most effective method of birth control — except for abstinence. Only five out of 10,000 women who use the implant for a year get pregnant. And it works for three years!
The implant works by releasing the hormone progestin into your body. Progestin prevents pregnancy by keeping your ovaries from releasing eggs — ovulation. Pregnancy can’t happen if there’s no egg to join with sperm. Progestin also thickens the mucus in your cervix, which blocks sperm.
For most women who use the implant, periods become fewer and lighter. Some women worry that they’re pregnant if they don’t have a regular period, but this is a common and normal side effect of the implant. The implant is probably not a good birth control method for women who would worry about missing their periods.