A Implant is a soft capsule, about 1½ inch long, placed under the skin in a woman’s upper, inner arm. The capsule constantly gives off tiny amounts of an artificial progestin hormone. This prevents pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus so that sperm can’t get into the uterus and by stopping ovulation.
Different types of implants are used around the world. The one used in the United States is a single rod that slowly releases etonogestrel and lasts three years. It can be used for less than three years because it can be taken out at any time. It is 99.95% effective as birth control but does not protect against reproductive tract infections, including HIV/AIDS
Some women with implants may have weight gain, headache, mood swings, acne and depression. Other possible side effects are vaginal inflammation or dryness, breast pain, stomach or back pain, nausea, dizziness and pain where the implant was inserted. Side effects that are very rare include extra hair on the body or face, trouble with contact lenses, and spotty darkening of the skin, especially on the face.
Depending if having insurance not, the insertion of the birth control implant can cost anywhere from $0-$800.
- Protects agianst pregnacy from 24 hours to 3 years after insertion. it can be removed when ever the female decides.
- May cause light or no menstrual periods
- Could get infection in area of insertion
- Needs minor surgery to remove the device
- Does not protect against STIs