Prescription onlyProgestin-onlyClass: Hormonal


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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.

What’s the failure rate?
of people using this method got pregnant in a year

This method is ranked 17 out of 17 birth control methods listed. The lower the number, the better.Source

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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.
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Side effect rates for Implant

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