A small plastic implant that prevents pregnancy.
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.
of people using this method got pregnant in a year
Worth it?Is it worth it?
Works well?Does it work?
Hassle?Is it a hassle?
- 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.