BIRTH CONTROL IMPLANT
Implantable Contraceptive (progestin)
• Continually releases a low, steady dose of progestin for a period of up to three years.
• Stops egg from leaving the ovary.
• Changes the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg may not implant. It makes cervical mucus thicker. This keeps sperm from getting to the eggs.
How the Implantable Contraceptive Is Used:
• It can be removed at any time by a clinician in a clinic or doctor’s office, after which time the woman returns to her pre-existing fertility level.
• Prevents sperm from reaching the egg.
• The thin, match-sized, rod implant is placed in the inner side of a woman’s upper arm by a clinician in a clinic or doctor’s office.
• No need to remember to do anything on a schedule.
• The implant works for 3 years.
• It works great.
• Do not have to 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 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.
What are possible side effects of the Implant?
• Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) — usually clears up in 2 or 3 months
• Sore breasts — usually clears up in 2 or 3 months
• Irregular bleeding — including early or late periods, spotting between periods, or no periods
• Weight gain
How Well Does it Prevent Pregnancy:
• With typical use, less than 1 in 100 women get pregnant in a year when using the implantable contraceptive rod.
• 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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At Access Esperanza Clinics, we offer opportunities and hope for people to plan their futures and stay healthy. You can count on us for quality, affordable, and confidential care at all of our Health Clinics.