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Implant

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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.

Quick facts about Implant
  • Method class: Hormonal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
  • Hormone status: Progestin-only
People’s experience with Implant

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Upsides

  • 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%.
What’s the failure rate?
0.05%
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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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

The implant is a small rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm; the rod releases the horomone progestin into the body over a period of up to 3 years. Progestin is the hormone that prevents ovulation and also thickens the cervical mucus so sperm cannot reach the egg.

Quick facts about Implant
  • Method class: Hormonal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
  • Hormone status: Progestin-only
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Side effect rates for Implant

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Common concerns from people using Implant

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    Make sure it some amazing pipe because the heavy bleeding, the brutal spotting, the inability to lose weight but gain easy, and overall not as juicy lucy down there and the brutal pain of a migrating implant...for all this...that pipe BEST BE WORTH IT.