Norplant is one of the
newest and statistically most effective methods of birth
control available to women today. Six matchstick-size
implants are inserted in the skin of a womans inner
arm under a local anesthetic. These sticks release a
continuous low dosage of a synthetic hormone which
inhibits ovulation and also thickens the cervical mucous.
Norplant is effective for five years, but may be removed
earlier if desired. Norplant is available in the
Williamstown area for a cost of approximately $500. The Health Center can provide more information on
- Norplant does not
involve any interruption between foreplay and
- Effectiveness rates are
statistically higher than those for female
- Unlike with oral
contraceptives, there is no need to take a pill
at a given time each day.
- Side effects include
prolonged menstrual bleeding, spotting between
periods or skipped periods. Sometimes these
patterns are combined. It is not unusual for a
woman to experience a small amount of bleeding
each day while using Norplant.
- Other possible side
effects may include: headache, nervousness,
nausea, dermatitis, acne, change in appetite,
weight gain, breast tenderness, hair growth or
loss, and enlargement of the ovaries and/or
- There is no refund if a
woman decides to have Norplant removed early.
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