Contraceptive Implant

What Is the Contraceptive Implant?

The contraceptive implant is a small flexible plastic stick that's placed under the skin in your upper arm by a doctor or nurse. It releases a hormone into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy and lasts up to 3 years.

Currently, there is one type of contraceptive implant available: Nexplanon®.


Quick Facts about the Implant

  • Soft and flexible

  • Invisible

  • Uses the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy

  • Works for 3 years

  • Can be removed at any time by a doctor if you want to become pregnant

  • A Step Ahead Foundation provides the implant for free!


How Does the  Implant Work?

The Implant releases the hormone progestin. Progestin is what prevents you from getting pregnant. It stops the release of the egg from the ovaries, and it also thickens the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to move.


How Well Does the Implant Work?

The  Implant is very effective. It's one of the most effective forms of birth control on the market, other than abstaining from sex completely. It is over 99% effective, meaning that less than 1% of women using the implant will get pregnant in a year. 


How Do They Put the Implant In?

The Implant is inserted by a medical professional, usually your doctor or nurse. It will be implanted under the skin in your upper arm. The area will be numbed before it is inserted. The process is very quick, only lasting a few minutes on average. A lot of women compare it to the pain you feel when getting your ears pierced. The implant can only be inserted or removed by a doctor or nurse.


How Is the Implant Used?

After the Implant is inserted by your nurse or doctor, you don't have to do anything. The insert works to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years or until you decide to have it removed. But it takes about one week for the Implant to start working, so either refrain from sex for that time or use another method.


Does the Implant Provide Protection from STIs (sometimes called STDs)?

No, the implant doesn't protect from STIs/STDs. It is recommended to use a condom every time you have sex to protect yourself.


What If You Want to Get Pregnant?

As soon as your Implant is removed, you immediately return to the level of fertility you were before the IUD was inserted. If you got your hormonal IUD through A Step Ahead Foundation, we will pay to have it removed at no charge to you. Call us to schedule an appointment at 901-320-STEP (7837).


Advantages of Implants

  • Over 99% effective

  • Easy to get

  • Can be taken out at any time

  • Lasts 3 years

  • Return to the state of fertility you had before the Implant was placed. Because the Implant doesn't change fertility once it's removed, you will immediately have the same chance of getting pregnant once it's removed as you did before it was inserted.

  • You don't have to remember to take a pill or put on a patch


Disadvantages of Implants

  • No STI/ STD protection 

  • You can possibly have irregular and heavy periods

  • Potential side effects can vary for each woman. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.


To Learn More

Fill out the form on our contact page if you have any questions or set up an appointment to discuss the implant.


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