THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) introduced a new contraceptive for women that will prevent them from being pregnant for three years.
Implanon is like an injection wherein the doctor will inject a rod, which is the size of a matchstick, to the non-dominant arm of the taker.
The rod contains 68 milligrams (mg) of etonogestrel, a steroidal progestin, that helps prevent pregnancy. According to the Implanon website, several ways that makes it prevent pregnancy is it stops the release of an egg from the ovary, changes the mucus in the woman's cervix that may keep the sperm from reaching the egg, and changes the lining of the uterus.
The implant has a failure rate of less than one percent, making it a very effective contraceptive.