BIRTH CONTROL IMPLANT
Contraceptive Implant (progestin)
About the Contraceptive Implant:
The implant is a thin, matchstick-sized plastic rod is placed under the skin of your arm. It. It contains the hormone progestin like the hormone naturally made by a woman’s body. This hormone keeps you from getting pregnant.
How the Implant Works:
• Continually releases a low, steady dose of
• Stops egg from leaving the ovary
• Makes cervical mucus thicker and keeps sperm from getting to the eggs
How the Implant Is Used:
• The thin rod implant is placed under the skin of the upper arm by a clinician in a clinic or doctor’s office.
• The implant should be put in when you are sure you are not pregnant. You should use a backup method of birth control if you have sex within 7 days of getting the implant.
• Some medicines may interact with the implant. Always tell your clinician about any medications you take.
• The implant can be removed at any time by a clinician in a clinic or doctor’s office. After it is removed, the woman quickly returns to the fertility level she had before getting the implant.
• No need to remember to do anything on a schedule
• Works up to 3 years but can be removed earlier if desired
• Excellent at preventing pregnancy
• Does not interrupt sex
• Protects against bad cramps and pregnancy in the tubes
Possible Problems or Disadvantages:
• No protection against STIs, including HIV/AIDs
• May have redness, swelling, and pain at the spot where the rod was implanted and there may be some scarring at the insertion site.
• May have headaches and mood swings
• May have irregular bleeding and spotting or no monthly periods at all
• May not be a good choice for women who have had breast cancer, liver disease, stroke, diabetes or blood clots.
• Serious side effects will be more likely if you smoke. These include blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke.
Possible side effects of the Implant:
• Almost all women will experience some irregular bleeding. This could mean early or late periods, spotting between periods, or no periods.
• Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) — usually clears up in 2 or 3 months
• Sore breasts — usually
• Weight gain
• Soreness, bruising, or swelling for a few days after the implant is put in
How Well it Prevents Pregnancy:
• With typical use, fewer than 1 in 100 women get pregnant in a year when using the contraceptive implant.
• This method may be less effective in women who are very overweight or are taking certain types of medications.
Birth Control Methods
- Fertility Awareness
- Withdrawal (“Pulling Out”)
- Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)
Access Esperanza Clinics offers:
- Free Condoms
- The Shot
- The Ring
- The Patch
- The Pill
- The Implant
- The IUD
- Emergency Contraceptive (“Plan B”)
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