Contraceptive implants

What are contraceptive implants?

  • Implants are a reversible, long-acting, effective, and safe contraceptive option, suitable for almost all women including women who have just had a baby and are breastfeeding.

How do they work?

  • They contain a synthetic version of the natural hormone progesterone, which works to prevent pregnancy by preventing the release of the egg from the ovary (ovulation) and thickening of cervical mucus which make it difficult for sperm to enter the womb.

  • Implants are inserted just under the skin of a woman’s upper arm by a trained healthcare provider using a disposable inserter or trocar. This simple insertion takes a few minutes in the clinic setting with local anaesthetic

How effective are implants?

  • They are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and last 3 to 5 years depending on the type

What are the benefits?

  • No action to prevent pregnancy is required once the implant is inserted. It can be removed at any time at the woman’s request.

  • Levoplant™, our implant, can be used by almost all women of any age including those who have just given birth, are breastfeeding, or women who have had an abortion

  • Implants do not contain estrogen so may be suitable for women who experience side effects related to combined hormonal contraceptive methods

  • They can be removed at any time by a trained health care provider

What are the side effects?

  • The main side effects are changes in bleeding patterns – bleeding may become lighter, more irregular or stop completely. These changes are not harmful and do not mean the implant has stopped working

  • Some women also report abdominal pain, weight changes, breast tenderness, mood changes, and headaches

Our Product – Levoplant™

What is Levoplant™?

Levoplant™ is a contraceptive implant that provides effective birth control for up to three years after insertion. It consists of two small rods, each about the size of a matchstick, that are inserted under the skin of the upper, inner arm of a woman. These rods release levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestin, slowly and continuously over time.

  • Levoplant™ is one of the most effective family planning methods, with fewer than 1 pregnancy per 100 users expected each year  
  • The insertion and removal of Levoplant are performed by a trained health provider. They are minor surgical procedures that take a few minutes with local anesthetic injection
  • WHO-prequalified, ensuring it meets international quality standards for manufacturing and clinical performance

Who can use Levoplant™?

  • Levoplant™ is suitable for a broad range of women, including those of any childbearing age, postpartum and breastfeeding mothers, HIV-positive women, and women who smoke