Contraceptive implant - Definition

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The contraceptive implant is a method of contraception for women that is inserted under the skin of the arm in a local anesthetic procedure. Thinner than a match-stick, the implant is invisible to the naked eye once it is in place. It is composed of progestin, and functions by preventing the natural process of ovulation to occur. It also stimulates the thickening of the cervical mucous, which provides more obstruction for the spermatozoa to progress towards the uterus.