The Implant is a type of safe and effective birth control.
It’s a tiny flexible tube that a health care provider puts under the skin of a woman’s upper arm. A hormone in the Implant prevents a woman from getting pregnant.
The Implant works better than any other method.
Here are some things you might want to know about the Implant to help you decide if it is the right birth control for you!
How effective is the Implant at preventing pregnancy?
The Implant prevents pregnancy better than any other method! If 2,000 women used the Implant for a year, only 1 might get pregnant. That’s way less than 1%!
How long does the Implant prevent pregnancy?
You can use the Implant for up to 3 years. And, if you change your mind, you can ask a health care provider to take it out at any time.
How does the Implant work?
The Implant slowly releases a hormone that works in two ways.
It keeps the egg from leaving a woman’s ovaries. If there’s no egg, she can’t get pregnant.
It also makes the fluid in a woman’s cervix thick and sticky. This keeps a man’s sperm from getting inside her uterus and reaching the egg. If sperm can’t reach the egg, she can’t get pregnant.
Do I need to do anything to make the Implant work better?
Nope! Once the Implant is in, you don’t need to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.
How do I get the Implant?
You have to go to a health care provider to get an Implant.
The health care provider will numb your upper arm and then place the Implant just under the skin. You’ll have to keep the area where your Implant was placed protected for a few day. After that, you will hardly notice it.
What do women like about the Implant?
It lasts for 3 years. It’s easy to use. And, no one will be able to tell you’re using it.
What are the side effects of the Implant?
Your periods will probably change when you have the Implant. This is normal and not a medical problem.
You might have spotting between periods. Keep panty liners in your purse or school locker. And, since spotting during sex might surprise you and your partner, it’s a good idea to talk about it ahead of time.
You may not know when your period will start. You won’t bleed more, but you may bleed at different times than you’re used to.
Does the Implant protect me from STDs?
The Implant is great at preventing pregnancy, but will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
What other safe and effective birth control options are there?
Learn about the IUD to find out if it’s the right pregnancy prevention method for you. There are also a lot of other birth control methods to choose from. Talk to a health care provider to see what type of birth control is the best fit for your health needs and life goals.