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