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Implanon is a long acting contraceptive implant that is fitted by trained healthcare professionals. The implant is 4cm by 2mm in size and is a semi rigid plastic rod containing the active substance etonogestrel (a progestogen).Implanon has now been replaced by Nexplanon (October 2010) Nexplanon differs from Implanon in two ways: • the applicator has been redesigned. • it is radio-opaque and can therefore be located on an X-ray if necessary.The Nexplanon / Implanon is inserted just under the skin of the non-dominant upper arm. This allows a small amount of etonogestrel to be released into the bloodstream continuously. This prevents the release of an egg cell from the ovaries and also makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.When you use Nexplanon / Implanon you do not have to remember to take a pill every day. Therefore, Nexplanon / Implanon is very reliable.This video shows how the implant is inserted. It is effective for up to 3 years and can be removed at any time.There are many methods of contraception Implanon is just one. Discuss fully with your family doctor or nurse to ensure that you use the safest and most appropriate method.Builth and Llanwrtyd Medical Practice has made every effort to ensure that the information in these episodes is accurate, up to date, and as helpful as possible. However we will not be responsible for any inaccuracies or omissions. In particular if you are unwell, it is important that you do not rely on information from the Internet - you should seek professional medical advice from your Doctor. If your condition is getting worse, or if you are seriously ill, you should call or visit your Surgery.