Implant

How it works:

The birth control implant is a matchstick-sized rod that is placed under the skin of your upper arm by a doctor or nurse. It works by releasing a hormone, progestin, over time into your body. This hormone keeps you from getting pregnant by stopping your body from releasing eggs. The implant can last up to 4 years before it is removed, but you can have it taken out at any time. They are greater than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Perks:

  • Eases cramps

  • Can lighten or stop periods

  • Easy to keep private

  • Long-lasting

  • Really good at preventing pregnancy

Drawbacks:

  • Can experience irregular bleeding

  • Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Must be placed and removed by a medical professional