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.
Can lighten or stop periods
Easy to keep private
Really good at preventing pregnancy
Can experience irregular bleeding
Doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Must be placed and removed by a medical professional