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How soon will the levonorgestrel-releasing implant be effective?

The levonorgestrel-releasing implant is effective within a few weeks of the device being implanted. You should talk with your doctor about whether you will need a backup method of birth control after getting the lovenorgestrel-releasing implant. When you choose to have the implant removed, you should also be aware that you can become pregnant as soon as the implant is removed.

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Is there a generic version of levonorgestrel?
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How does the levonorgestrel-releasing implant prevent pregnancy?
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What should I avoid while taking levonorgestrel?
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Who should not take levonorgestrel?
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