Norplant is a hormonal implant used for birth control. It is effective for up to five years. Norplant uses hormone-carrying rods about the size and shape of matchsticks inserted under the skin, normally in the upper arm.
Neither Norplant nor any other hormonal implant is currently available to women in the United States. The manufacturer of Norplant stopped distributing the Norplant System in July of 2002.
Women who still have the Norplant system should contact their health care provider for information on other birth control options available after the five-year expiration date of their Norplant system.
In the future, implantable hormone systems may again become available to women in the United States. For updated information on Norplant, contact the Contraception Foundation (formerly the Norplant Foundation) online or at 1-(800)-760-9030.
Back to top
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Centers for Disease Control Resources:
Contraception & Birth Control Information
Effectiveness of Contraceptive Methods, tip sheet (pdf - 670kB)
Opening file requires Adobe Reader, download if needed.
For More Information:
See our Implanon article.
See our Pregnancy article.