It is very important that you tell your doctor if you think you might be pregnant or if you missed a period before you receive this medicine. Tests will be done to make sure you are not pregnant before this medicine is inserted.
This medicine comes with patient instructions. After reading the instructions, you will be asked to sign a USER CARD and a Patient Consent Form before you receive this medicine. The Consent Form tells you about some possible risks when using this medicine, and when it must be removed. Make sure you understand what is in the patient instructions and the Consent Form before you sign it. Keep the USER CARD in a safe place at home with your health records. If you have any questions, ask your doctor to answer them.
After this medicine is inserted, you should check that it is in place. Gently press your fingertips over the skin in your arm where this medicine was inserted. You should be able to feel the small rod.
You may have to use another form of birth control (e.g., condoms, diaphragms, or spermicides) until the implant has been in place for 7 days. Talk with your doctor about this.
Your doctor must remove this medicine after 3 years. If you would like to stop using this medicine, your doctor can remove it at any time.
If you still want to prevent pregnancy after this medicine is removed, you should start using another form of birth control (e.g., condoms, diaphragms, or spermicides) right away. If you still want to continue using this medicine, your doctor can insert a new implant under your skin after taking the old one out.