The implant is another form of birth control that is also a LARC (long acting reversible contraceptive) like the IUD.  This thin, flexible plastic implant (brand name Nexplanon) is inserted under the skin in your upper arm by a healthcare provider.  It is about the size of a matchstick and it provides pregnancy protection by releasing small amounts of the hormone progestin into your body.  This hormone prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs and thickens your cervical mucus which keeps sperm from reaching the eggs.  The birth control implant lasts up to 3 years and it is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.  Just like the IUD, you can “get it and forget it”!

While the implant is quick, easy, effective, and reversible, irregular bleeding is common during the first 6 – 12 months.  For most women, periods become fewer and lighter.  Talk to a healthcare provider to determine if the implant is right for you or you should consider another birth control method.

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