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What Is a Birth Control Implant?

Learn what a birth control implant is in this Howcast video.


The birth control implant is a small plastic rod. It's about this big, and it gets placed into your arm. That can be done in a doctor's office or a nurse practitioner's office. This rod has progesterone only. It does not have any estrogen. When it's placed into your arm, it gives you about three years of birth control.

The birth control implant is extremely effective. Not only is the progesterone excellent at preventing pregnancy, but you do not have to take a pill every day, you don't have to change a NuvaRing, you don't have to change a patch, and because it can stay in for three years, you don't have to think about it for that period of time.

The birth control implant, the small rod that you had placed in your arm, is an excellent option for patients who do not do well with oral birth control pills, as far as compliance. If you're a patient that doesn't do well with taking a pill every day, this may be an excellent birth control option for you.

Also, if you have a history of migraines or a history of blood clots, you may want to talk to your doctor about using this implant. This may be a good option for you.

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