Last modified on March 3rd, 2021
The implants are small plastic rods or capsules that are inserted under the skin of a woman’s upper arm. They are so small; in fact, most people cannot see it once it is inserted. The implant releases progestin, a hormone that keeps your ovaries from releasing eggs and thickens your cervical mucus – which helps block sperm from getting to the egg in the first place. It prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years, depending on the type you choose. There are different types, including Nexplanon, Jadelle and Levoplant.
Get it and forget it. If you do not want to worry about remembering your contraceptive method, the implant just may be a good option. Once it is in, it lasts for 3-5 years, depending on which implant is used.
Hands-free. No packages or prescriptions to pick up at the pharmacy – there is nothing that could get lost or forgotten.
Total privacy. No one can tell when you have the implant. There is no packaging, and nothing you need to do just before you have sex.
The pregnancy question. You should be able to get pregnant any time after the implant is removed. If you get it taken out, but do not want to get pregnant, protect yourself with another method right away.
Availability. Would you like to use this method? This method is widely available. However, not all types are available in some countries.
Once the implant is inserted, there is nothing for you to do. The implant remains under your skin, offering protection against pregnancy for up to 3-5 years, depending on the implant used .
Inserting the implant: a provider will gather your medical info and give you a physical exam. They then numb a small area of your upper arm with a painkiller and insert the rods or capsules under your skin. That is it .
If you get the implant during the first five days of your period you are protected from pregnancy right away. If you are outside of those first five days, you will need to use a back-up method for the following week. external condoms (male), internal condoms (female ), diaphragm, sponge, or emergency contraception ).
When it is time to take the implant out, your provider will numb your arm again, make a tiny cut in your skin, and remove the implant. If you are interested in continuing to use the implant, they can put another one in at the same time .
Everyone is different. What you experience may not be the same thing as another person.
The Positive: there are lots of things about the implant that are good for your body as well as your sex life. 
The Negative: everyone worries about negative side effects, but for many women, they are not a problem. If you do experience side effects, they will probably go away. You are introducing hormones into your body, so it can take a few months to adjust.
The most common complaint :
Less common side effects :
If after six months you still feel the side effects are more than you can accept, switch methods and stay protected. Remember, there is a method for everyone, everywhere! Just make sure to stay protected by starting a new method immediately.
*For a very small number of women, there are risks of serious side effects
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