Implants

   
Do users of implants require follow-up visits? Top
No, routine periodic visits are not necessary for implants. Annual visits may be helpful for other preventive care, but they are not required. Of course, women are welcome to return at any time with questions.  
   
Can implants be left permanently in a woman’s arm? Top
Leaving the implants in place beyond their effective lifespan is generally not recommended. The implants themselves are not dangerous, but as the hormone levels in the implants drop, they become less and less effective and do not offer protection from pregnancy.  
   
How long does it take to become pregnant after the implants are removed? Top
Implants do not delay the return of a woman’s fertility after they are removed.  
   
Can implants move around within a woman’s body or come out of her arm? Top
Implants do not move around in a woman’s body. The implants remain where they are inserted until they are removed. Rarely, a rod may start to come out, most often in the first 4 months after insertion. This usually happens because they were not inserted well or because of an infection where they were inserted. In these cases, the woman will see the implants coming out. Some women may have a sudden change in bleeding pattern. If a woman notices a rod coming out, she should start using a back up method and return to the clinic at once.  
   
Should heavy women avoid implants? Top
No. These women should know, however, that they need to have implants replaced sooner to maintain a high level of protection from pregnancy. These women should have their Norplants replaced after 4 years. Studies of Implanon have not found that weight decreases effectiveness within the lifespan approved for this implant.  
   
Can a woman work soon after having implants inserted Top
Yes, a woman can do her usual work immediately after leaving the clinic as long as she does not bump the insertion site or get it wet.