An implant is a birth control method with a very low failure rate when correctly inserted by a professional health care provider.
It can stay in place for three to five years. The implant gives off a steady supply of the hormone progestin, which prevents you from getting pregnant by thickening the cervical mucus and inhibiting ovulation.
What are the pros of Implant?
- Highly effective when inserted correctly
- No need to worry about birth control for three to five years
- Fertility returns as soon as the implant is removed
- Appropriate for women who can’t use birth control that contains estrogen
- It may reduce heavy and painful periods
What are the cons of Implant?
The side effects include:
- Spotting - quite common
- Breast pain
- Ovarian cysts
- Period may become irregular, lighter, heavier or longer, or may stop
- In rare cases, the implant can also grow into your muscle or move, making it more difficult to remove it.
An implant doesn’t protect against STDs.
Implants are great for women after giving birth, smokers over the ages of 35, and women with high blood pressure.
Do I need to visit a doctor?
Yes, you do.
You must see your doctor or healthcare provider get an implant. They will ask you some questions and do a history screening before inserting the implant under the skin of your upper arm. It can stay in place for up to three years.
Inserting an Implant takes just a few minutes. It is painless since the procedure is done with local anesthesia.
A healthcare provider will take your implant out of your arm whenever you want to stop using it. He/she will tell you how to wash and take care of your skin for a couple of days after removal.
In case you can't feel the implant, implant feels like it's changed shape, notice any changes to the skin or feel any pain at the site of the implant, visit your doctor for further analysis.