The implant is a small rod that is inserted under the skin in the upper arm. It reduces the risk of pregnancy for three years, and usually can not be seen once it is implanted. The implant releases hormones the keep the ovaries from releasing an egg. It also thickens the cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from getting to the egg, and thins the lining of the uterus, which may prevent implantation.
STI reduction: None.
Get it and forget it: Once it’s in, it lasts for up to 3 years.
Once the implant is inserted it reduces the risk of pregnancy for up to three years.
In a doctors office, a small area of the upper arm is numbed with a painkiller and the implant is inserted under the skin.
To remove the implant, the doctor will numb the arm again, make a tiny cut in the skin, and remove it. Another implant can be inserted at the same time.
The most common complaint is irregular bleeding, especially in the first 6-12 months.
Less commonly: acne, change in appetite, decreased sex drive, ovarian cysts, depression, discoloring or scarring of the skin at implant site, dizziness, hair loss, headaches, nausea, nervousness, pain or infection at the insertion site, sore breasts. For a very small number of women there may be more serious problems including ulnar nerve damage at insertion site. This method may avoid some dangers of combined hormonal contraceptives (blood clots).
If you qualify for the funding Haven Health has available, services may be provided at no cost. Qualification for programs depends on family size and income. Please call Haven Health for more information.
Effective, long lasting, and reversible.
The implant is among the most effective methods.
Irregular uterine bleeding, pain or bruising at the insertion site are the most common side effects of the implant.
Insertion once every 3 years
How do I get it?
A doctor inserts the implant in an office visit.
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Amarillo, Texas 79106
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