Levonorgestrel is used to prevent pregnancy.
Two implants are inserted under the skin in your upper arm by a health professional. They can stay in place for a maximum of 5 years.
Visit the Family Planning website for more information:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Changes in periods
|Irregular bleeding is common in the first 3-6 months. This is not harmful and usually improves with time. After this, some women will not have any periods at all.|
Mood changes, headache
Bleeding or itching at implant site
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2018
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