Etonogestrel is a contraceptive drug. It works to reduce the chance of pregnancy. This type of birth control typically works longer than other forms of birth control. The implant can last as long as four years. It does not contain estrogen, which is an advantage for many women. Its effects are also reversed quickly after removal. Up to 20% of women using etonogestrel will also not have periods while the implant is present in their body.
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Etonogestrel uses progestin to stop ovulation and pregnancy. Progestin changes the surface area of the cervix to stop eggs and sperm from implanting and therefore causing pregnancy. It is a long-term birth control solution that appeals to many women. Etonogestrel is implanted into the upper arm, where it disperses hormones throughout the body. Below you will find the uses of etonogestrel.
- Birth control
Etonogestrel is implanted in the upper arm through a needle. The implant contains 68 mg of the drug, which is released slowly and can last for three or more years. The timing of the implant process is dependent upon a number of factors, including what birth control the woman has been using recently, whether she has recently been pregnant and whether she is breastfeeding. Your doctor will insert and remove the implant for you.
Etonogestrel Side Effects
Like any drug, etonogestrel may cause side effects in some patients. You may miss your period while on etonogestrel. This could be caused by the drug, but you should still contact your doctor in case you are pregnant. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with etonogestrel. Note that this list is not complete.
You should contact a doctor immediately if you experience:
- Breast pain
- Changes in the breasts including discharge or enlargement
- Joint pain
- Runny nose, cough or sore throat
- Fever or chills
- Unusually slow or rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty or pain while urinating
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained sweating
- Unusual fatigue
As with all drugs, before taking this medication, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking. Women who have had a baby recently should wait three weeks after delivery (or four weeks if breastfeeding) before taking this drug. Etonogestrel may not be appropriate for people who suffer from liver disease, liver cancer or hormone-linked cancers, and those who have had a heart attack or stroke. Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with etonogestrel. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.