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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

The implant is one of the most hassle-free and effective long-term methods of birth control. The procedure can be intimidating for some people as a small hormone-releasing rod is inserted under the skin of your upper arm.

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  • Once inserted, you don't have to worry about your birth control for up to 3 years.
  • Progestin-only, so good for women who can't use estrogen.
  • Undetectable and won't get in the way of spontaneity.
  • Decreases flow and frequency of periods for most women.
  • One of the most effective methods for preventing pregnancy.
  • Safe to use while breastfeeding.
  • Only takes a few weeks for fertility to return once removed.
  • Once it's implanted, every use is perfect use with a failure rate of only 0.05%.
  • Requires an appointment to have it inserted and taken out.
  • The idea of having something implanted inside your body can be daunting.
  • Most women experience irregular bleeding but periods will usually become lighter and less frequent.
  • Expensive for people who don't have insurance or Medicaid.
  • Does not protect against STDs.

These are side effects of Implant (All) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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