June 6, 2017


The implant is a teeny-tiny flexible rod inserted in the upper arm that works by releasing progestin into the body. Progestin is a hormone that prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg, thickens cervical mucus, and thins the lining of the uterus. This helps block the sperm from fertilizing the egg. The implant offers 3-4 years of protection


  • 99% Effective!
  • Get it & Forget it. Once the implant is inserted, you don’t have to worry about remembering to take your birth control. There are no packages or prescriptions that can be lost or forgotten.
  • Offers total privacy. Most people can’t see the implant once it’s inserted, which means it can be your little secret.
  • Doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant after removal. So, if it’s removed, but you’re still not ready for a baby, you might want to consider an alternative method of birth control.

How to Use It

The implant is super easy to use– all it requires you to do is make an appointment with a health care provider. After giving you a health exam and taking your medical info, your provider will numb a small portion of your upper arm, make a small cut, and insert the implant. Easy as pie. Depending on where you are in your monthly cycle, you will either be protected immediately or will have to use another form of birth control for the first week. While inserted, the implant will sit under your skin and release the hormone progestin to protect against pregnancy. When it’s time to come out after 3-4 years, your health care provider will again numb your upper arm, make a small cut, and remove the implant. You can then decide to continue using the implant, in which case they will insert a new one, or you can choose a different method of birth control.

Side Effects



  • Doesn’t interrupt the heat of the moment
  • Most women have fewer, lighter periods
  • Don’t have to worry about remembering to take it every day
  • Offers protection for 3-4 years
  • Safe for smokers and those with hypertension and diabetes
  • Can be used while breastfeeding
  • Can be used by women who can’t take estrogen
  • May improve PMS, depression, and endometriosis symptoms


Most Common:

  • Irregular bleeding (especially for the first 6-12 months)

Less Common:

  • Acne
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in sex drive
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Depression
  • Discoloring or scarring on the skin over the implant
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Pain where the implant was inserted
  • Sore breasts