Long-Acting Reversible Methods
These are your safest bet when it comes to preventing pregnancy. Why do they get an A+ from us? They are 99% effective, low effort (as in put it in and forget about it), and last several years or more. Safe, effective and forgettable… you can’t beat that! Word of caution: they do not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, so don’t forget to use a condom.
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What is the Birth Control Implant?
The implant (Implanon) is a tiny plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. It’s inserted into the inner part of the upper arm by a clinician. Inserting the implant is a simple procedure that takes only a few minutes. The implant that is used in the United States is called Implanon.
May be left in place up to 3 years.
It is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Private and mostly hidden (Most people cannot see it, but you may be able to feel it by touching the skin over the implant).
Works better than BC pills, the patch, the ring or the shot.
Who uses the Implant?
People who know they don’t want to get pregnant for several years and who want hands-free forgettable BC.
How do you use the Implant?
After numbing your skin, the implant (Implanon) is inserted into your upper arm by a clinician at a clinic. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes.
Where do you get the Implant?
You can get the implant inserted at a clinic near you.
How effective is the Implant?
The implant is more than 99% effective.
Does the Implant offer STD Protection?
NO. For STD protection use condoms with this method.
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