Norplant is an implanted contraceptive that consists of a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. It has been available since the FDA approved Norplant in 1990, and adds another alternative to the array of contraceptive options available to women today.
How It Is Used
Norplant can only be prescribed by a health care professional. It is composed of six small plastic capsules that are about the size of matchsticks and are filled with levonorgestrel (synthetic progesterone). These tiny capsules are inserted under the skin of the upper arm through a tiny cut (about 1/8 inch long) that the physician makes. The arm may feel sore for a few days after the insertion of the capsules, but it usually heals quickly.