Is a expired implanon still an effective form of birth control?
Patient :I've had my implanon in for 3 yrs. My exp date was for Feb 22,2014. I haven't gotten it removed yet n I've been having unprotected sex the past 3 weeks. Is my birth control still effective? could I be pregnant?
Thank you for your query.
The manufacturer gives guarantee for a period of 36 months in providing effective contraception from the date of insertion of implanon. However studies have shown that it is effective even after 3 years in providing contraception. As it may not provide effective contraception it either needs to get replaced or alternative mode of contraception need to be opted for. It is always advisable to use effective mode of contraception and prevent an unwanted pregnancy than to opt for an abortion.
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